Ivel Guiler was an extremely dedicated member of the Taylor faculty. After graduating from Taylor in 1923, she became Taylor’s librarian. She would maintain this role until her passing in October of 1944. Under her direction, the library became much more organized and scholastic in scope. She employed the Dewey Decimal System and expanded the library from a collection of 8,000 volumes of various importance to 20,000 volumes that were more applicable to college studies.
In the 1945 yearbook, it states, “We recall her pleasant, ready smile as we sought her help—and she was always ready to do more than we asked of her. None of us can recall a single instance when she spoke an unkind word or did anything other than that which is consistent with true Christianity.
“Truly we feel the loss of Miss Guiler to our school and as our friend, but we know that our loss is heavens’ gain. Her memory is a challenge to us to so enter into the secret of her Lord and ours that we, too, may “worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness.”
And her colleague, and friend, Irma Dare, said, “With meager salary, untiring and conscientious effort, she worked diligently every month, year after year, to build up Taylor’s library. She would have been overjoyed to see her dream and hope realized. Because she loved Taylor and the Christian ideals for which it stands, to it she gladly gave her life. In her unselfish way, she always thought of others first. Quietly many late hours were spent helping students in every day problems, Christian beliefs and living.”