Biographical Sketch

Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ron Bergquist is the son of a couple who met and married in Australia during the Second World War. Born in Idaho in 1946, Dr. Bergquist attended elementary school in Hawaii and Delaware, and high school and university in Texas. Upon his graduation with a BA in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968, he was commissioned through Air Force ROTC as a 2nd Lieutenant. He began his Air Force career with two tours in Vietnam, was assigned to stateside duties in Texas, Virginia, California, Alabama, and at the Pentagon, and spent eight years in three different assignments in Germany. It was during his assignment to a Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Texas that he met his wife, Drucilla, a Virginia native.

After over 26 years in the Air Force, Dr. Bergquist retired on 1 January 1995 at the rank of Colonel and moved to Pinebluff, North Carolina. In November 1995, he was elected to the Town Board of Commissioners and served a two-year term as the Mayor pro tem and as the Commissioner for Parks and Recreation.

His work for the Town of Pinebluff prompted an interest in information management. After a discussion about the topic with the librarian at the Pinebluff Public Library, he began his second stint as a graduate student in January 1997 and was accepted into the SILS Master's Program in March of the same year. He graduated with a Master of Science in Library Science degree in May 1999 and began his doctoral studies in August of the same year. During the last year of his MSLS work and the first year of his doctoral studies, Dr. Bergquist was a Graduate Research Assistant. From the summer of 2000 to the spring of 2006, he was a Teaching Fellow, teaching courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Information and Library Science. After earning his Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Library Science in May 2006, he was appointed an adjunct professor in the summer of 2006 and then a Clinical Assistant Professor in January 2010.

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Shirley P. Bergquist, 1943

Shirley P. Bergquist
1922-1991

Born 17 December 1922 in Essendon, Victoria, Australia

Died 22 January 1991 in Universal City, Texas

Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Texas

Mother to Ronald Edward Bergquist (1946-); David Jesse Bergquist (1950-); Kristine Leilani Bergquist Svaglic (1951-); Catherine Louise Bergquist, (1954-)

Daughter of Freda Powell Jones Rawson, (1898-1953) and Edward John Rawson, (1891-1972)

Sister to Ronald Claude Rawson, (1918-2004) and Adele Rawson Kempster, (1926-2016)

Obituary in The SUNDAY EXPRESS-NEWS, San Antonio (TX), January 27, 1991

UNIVERSAL CITY - Shirley (Powell Rawson) Bergquist helped with the Allied effort during World War II by working at an Army Air Force depot at her home town of Essedon, Australia.

She also enjoyed flying with the test pilots in prototype planes whenever there was a seat available. She took her own parachute.

She died Tuesday of natural causes in her home. [The cause was pancreatic cancer] She was 68.

She met her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Jesse Bergquist, an aircraft mechanic for the Army Air Force at the time, at the air depot in Essendon. They moved to the United States at the end of the war in 1945.

Born in 1922, Bergquist received her basic education in Essendon. She and her husband married there in 1943.

When the depot moved north, Bergquist did not go with her husband and instead went to work as a court reporter and secretary. She maintained her relationship with her husband through letters.

In 1945, Bergquist moved to the United States and reunited with her husband in San Antonio. The couple then moved to Preston, Idaho where they lived until the outbreak of the Korean War. When the war broke out, they moved to Honolulu (HI), staying there three years.

She then moved to Dover, Delaware, with her husband until 1959 (actually, 1960), when he was transferred to Randolph AFB.

Shirley P. Bergquist, 1990

Bergquist and her husband were active in several square dance organizations, including the Square and Round Dance Association, Tuesday Twirlers and the Flying Square Dance Club. She was also a member of the San Antonio Area Square Dance Association.

She was also an avid reader, music listener and art collector.

"She was on a par with everyone I know because of her inquiring mind," her husband said. "She was very strong-willed and compassionate."

"She wanted things done right," he added. "If she ever felt like she shunned someone, it just broke her heart."

Other survivors include two daughters, Kristine Svaglic of Kansas City, Mo., and Catherine Bergquist of San Antonio; two sons, USAF Col. Ronald Bergquist, who is stationed in Turkey, and David Bergquist of Houston; a brother, Ronald Rawson, and a sister, Adele Kempster, both of Melbourne, Australia; and four grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Sunset Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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Jesse D. Bergquist, 1945

Jesse D. Bergquist
1919-2003

Born 30 May 1919 in Glendale (Franklin County), Idaho

Died 10 December 2003 in Universal City, Texas

Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Texas

Father to Ronald Edward Bergquist (1946-); David Jesse Bergquist (1950-); Kristine Leilani Bergquist Svaglic (1951-); Catherine Louise Bergquist, (1954-)

Son of Serena Alder Jensen, (1893-1963) and Edward Bergquist, (1890-1950)

Brother to Gwendolyn Bergquist, (1918); Leon Bergquist, (1920-2016); Ralph Bergquist, (1922-2012); Keith Bergquist, (1924-2010); Margaret June Gailey, (1926-2012); Hyrum Clifford Bergquist, (1928); Augusta Eleise Smith, (1929-2002); Max Bergquist, (1931-); Gordon Bergquist, (1933-); Roma Dockstader, (1936-1962)

Obituary in The EXPRESS-NEWS, San Antonio (TX)

One of the Air Force's first Chief Master Sergeants and a long-time fixture in the San Antonio square dance scene, Jesse Dewey Bergquist of Universal City died at his home Wednesday, the 10th of December after a long period of declining health. He was 84 years old.

Born in 1919 the eldest son of an Idaho farming couple, Mr. Bergquist worked as a farm hand, cowboy, and mechanic between high school graduation in 1936 and when he was drafted into the Army in summer 1941. During the Second World War, Mr. Bergquist’s leadership skills were recognized and he was promoted from a draftee private to the top non-commissioned rank of Master Sergeant in just over two years. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for valor during aerial combat operations with the 5th Air Force in New Guinea. Discharged at the end of the war, he returned to Idaho with his Australian war bride and worked as an auto mechanic. The first photograph to the upper right was taken in 1945.

When the Korean War broke out, he volunteered for active duty and was recalled into the U.S. Air Force. This time, he made the Air Force a career and fought for his country in yet another war. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service at Danang Air Base, Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of 1968. During his long tenure as head of base operations at Randolph Air Force Base in the 1960s, he oversaw the introduction of the T-38/Talon into the local area in 1962.

Jesse D. Bergquist, 1995

After his retirement from the Air Force in 1970, he and his family returned to San Antonio to live and work. He worked for USAA for a number of years before retiring a second time in 1981. A square and round dancer since the early 1960s, Mr. Bergquist was president of the San Antonio Square Dance Association from 1964 to 1965 and, with his wife, Shirley, helped organize the National Square Dance Festival in the Alamo City in 1974. In his retirement, Mr. Bergquist kept busy with his life-long hobby of carpentry, building furniture for his family and friends. The second photo to the right was taken about 1995.

Mr. Bergquist was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Shirley Powell Rawson Bergquist, who died in 1991 at the age of 68.

He is survived by two daughters, Catherine Bergquist of San Antonio and Kristine Svaglic (and husband, Dale) of Kansas City, Missouri; two sons, David Bergquist (and wife, Jackie) of Houston and Ronald Bergquist (and wife, Drucilla) of Pinebluff, North Carolina; four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; a sister, June Gailey of Idaho, five brothers, Leon Bergquist of Idaho, Keith Bergquist and Ralph Bergquist of Utah, Gordon Bergquist of Nevada, and Max Bergquist of California.

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Academic Education

PhD in Information and Library Science

Aug 1999 – May 2006
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MS in Library Science

Jan 1997 – May 1999
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honor Graduate Basic (Modern Standard) Arabic Course

Oct 1977 - Jul 1978
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Presidio of Monterey, CA

MA with Distinction National Security Affairs (Middle East Studies)

Aug 1976 - Jul 1978
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA

BA Geography & Distinguished Graduate Air Force ROTC

Aug 1964 - Jun 1968
College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas at Austin

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Professional Military Education & Training

Labor and Employee Relations & EEO for Executives Course

1992
Army Center for Civilian Human Resource Management
Lancaster, PA

USAFE Commanders Seminar

1988
Ramstein AB, Germany

Associate Studies Program

1988
Air War College
Maxwell AFB, AL

Allied Command Europe Staff Officers Orientation Course

1984
The NATO School
Oberammergau, Germany

Combined Air Warfare Course

1983
Air War College
Maxwell AFB, AL

Resident Course

1982
Air Command and Staff College
Maxwell AFB, AL

Foreign Affairs Interdepartmental Seminar

1980
Foreign Service Institute
Washington DC

Correspondence Program

1974
Squadron Officer School
Maxwell AFB, AL

Air Force Survival Training Course

1971
Fairchild AFB, WA

Air Intelligence (Officer) Course

1969
Lowry AFB, CO

AFROTC Field Training

1967
Holloman AFB NM

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Publications

“It could have been bigger, but its residents like it as is”: Small town libraries in Moore County, North Carolina

2009
Bergquist, Ronald E.
Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller

American Public Library Topics: an Annotated Bibliography

10 May 2008
Bergquist, Ronald E. et al
By the members of the Spring 2008 Public Libraries Seminar at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

American Public Library Topics: an Annotated Bibliography

10 May 2007
Bergquist, Ronald E. et al
By the members of the Spring 2007 Public Libraries Seminar at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

American Public Library Topics: an Annotated Bibliography

10 May 2006
Bergquist, Ronald E. et al
By the members of the Spring 2006 Public Libraries Seminar at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“It could have been bigger, but its residents like it as is”: Small town libraries in Moore County, North Carolina

2006
Bergquist, Ronald E.
A Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Information and Library Science. Chapel Hill

American Public Library Topics: an Annotated Bibliography

10 May 2005
Bergquist, Ronald E. et al
By the members of the Spring 2005 Public Libraries Seminar at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Arab Bridge

2003
Bergquist, Ronald E.

Designing to support collaborative scientific research across distances: The nanoManipulator example

2001
Sonnenwald, D.H., Bergquist, R., Maglaughlin, K., Kupstas-Soo, E., Whitton, M.
In E. Churchill, D. Snowdon, A. Munro (Eds.), Collaborative Virtual Environments (pp. 202-224). London: Springer Verlag

Enabling distributed collaborative science: The collaborative nanoManipulator. (Video)

2000
Hudson, T., Sonnenwald, D.H., Maglaughlin, K., Whitton, M.C., Bergquist, R.
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

Everybody's Talking at Me: Information Flow in a Command and Control Environment

1999
Bergquist, Ronald E.
Master's Paper

The Role of Airpower in the Iran-Iraq War

1988
Bergquist, Ronald E., Major
Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press.

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Presentations

"It could have been bigger, but its residents like it as is":
Small Town Libraries in Moore County, North Carolina

21 Sep 2014
A talk and slide presentation to the Friends of the Moore County Library in Carthage, NC.

"It could have been bigger, but its residents like it as is":
Small Town Libraries in Moore County, North Carolina

18 May 2014
A talk and slide presentation to the Moore County Historical Association in Southern Pines, NC.

"It could have been bigger, but its residents like it as is":
Small Town Libraries in Moore County, North Carolina

23 May 2007
A talk and slide presentation to the staff of the Moore County Library in Carthage, NC, plus invited visitors from the town of Carthage, from Moore County and from the Moore County Historical Society.

Small Town Public Libraries:
Looking Closely at a North Carolina County

07 Nov 2003
Doctoral Student Research Forum at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Evolution of North Carolina Public Libraries:
Looking at Change Over Time

13 Dec 2002
Doctoral Student Research Forum at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The role of local and institutional history in the process of understanding the behavior of public agencies

July 2001
PUPA 74: Analyzing Politics and the Policy Process, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The focus was on North Carolina public libraries and the place they hold in the political and community environment

during my service career

1968-1994
Have delivered numerous presentations to diverse audiences, from individual combat pilots to the Director of Central Intelligence, from local community groups to Congressmen and international heads of state

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Work experience | civilian

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jul 2016 - present

School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Jul 2013 - Jun 2016
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jan 2010 - present
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adjunct Professor

Jul 2006 - Dec 2009
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Fellow

Jul 2000 – May 2006
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate Research Assistant

Oct 1998 – Jul 2000
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Part of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Information and Computer Science, and from Physics, Chemistry, and Gene Therapy studying the impact of new technologies on nano-scale scientific investigation and collaborative work

Commissioner for Parks and Recreation and Mayor Pro Tem

Dec 1995 - Dec 1997
Pinebluff, NC

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United States Air force

I was an intelligence officer in the Unites States Air Force from my commissioning on 01 June 1968 until I left active duty on 01 January 1995.

Colonel silver eagle rank insignia in silver metal

Colonel | 1990-1995

Aug 1991 - Nov 1994

Oct 1989 - Aug 1991

Lieutenant Colonel silver oak leaf rank insignia in subdued blue on olive green

Lieutenant Colonel | 1984-1990

1987-1989

1986-1987

  • Section Chief
    Ground Based Air Defense Analysis, COIC
    Ramstein AB, Germany

1984-1986

  • Intelligence Plans Officer
    Allied Air Forces Central Europe, NATO
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Major gold oak leaf rank insignia in subdued copper on olive green

Major | 1980-1984

1983-1984

  • Intelligence Plans Officer
    Allied Air Forces Central Europe, NATO
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany

1980-1983

  • Middle East Intelligence Analyst
    Headquarters, U.S. Air Force
    The Pentagon
  • Student
    Air Command and Staff College
    and
    Research Associate
    Airpower Research Institute
    Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
  • Middle East Intelligence Analyst
    Headquarters, U.S. Air Force
    The Pentagon
Captain dual silver bars rank insignia in subdued blue on olive green

Captain | 1971-1980

1978-1980

  • Middle East Intelligence Analyst
    Headquarters, U.S. Air Force
    The Pentagon

1976-1978

1972-1976

1971-1972

1Lt single silver bar rank insignia in subdued blue on olive green

1st Lieutenant | 1970-1971

1970-1971

1970

2Lt single gold bar rank insignia in subdued copper on olive green

2nd Lieutenant | 1968-1970

1969-1970

1969-1970

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