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Robert S. Martin, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus & Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair
School of Library and Information Studies

Professional Preparation

Ph.D., 1988, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Library Science

M.L.S., 1979, North Texas State University
Library Science

B.A., 1971, Rice University

Professional Experience

  • Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Acting Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Associate Dean, Special Collections, Louisiana State University
  • Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, School of Library and Information Studies
  • Director of Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington


  • At Master’s level: LS 5813 Information Professions
  • At Doctoral level: LS 6013 Education for Librarianship; LS 6903 History of Libraries and Books


Dr. Martin has authored, co-authored, or edited seven books and more than thirty articles including:

  • Barbara Blake, Robert S. Martin and Yunfei Du.  Successful Community Outreach: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians.  New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011.
  • Robert S. Martin, et al.  The Impact of Outsourcing and Privatization on Library Services and Management.  Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.
  • Robert Sidney Martin, ed.  Carnegie Denied: Communities Rejecting Carnegie Library Construction Grants, 1898-1925.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993.
  • Martin, Robert S.  Libraries and Learning.  Advances in Librarianship 28 (2005): 83-93.

Received more than $350,000 in federal and other grants; disbursed more than $899 million in Federal grants to museums and libraries.


  • National Archives and Records Administration, Advisory Committee on the Electronic Records Archive, 2008-2011.
  • Member, National Council on the Humanities, 2006 -
  • Member, Executive Committee, US Commission on UNESCO, 2004-2008.
  • Member, President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, 2001-2005.
  • Distinguished Fellow, Council on Library and Information Resource, 2005-2007.
  • Dr. Martin has served on seven editorial boards including: Libraries and Culture, Library Quarterly, American Archivist, and College and Research Libraries News.
  • Dr. Martin has given more than 250 presentations and speeches including: “Educating Doctoral Students in Young Adult and Children’s Services.” Panel participant, ALISE Conference, 2005.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Rice University, May 9, 2009.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Department of Library and Information Sciences, College of Information, University of North Texas, April 2, 2009.
  • Presidential Citizens Medal, November 17, 2008.
  • Fellow, Society of American Archivists, September 1, 2007.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, Dominican University, May 6, 2006.
  • Special Citation, Association for Library and Information Science Education, January 2006.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Texas Library Association, April 2002.
  • Distinguished Alumnus, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 1997.
  • Outstanding Alumnus, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas, May 1996.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society of Southwest Archivists, May 1993. 
  • Kate Broocks Bates Award for Historical Research, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1985.
  • Justin Winsor Prize, Library History Round Table, American Library Association, 1983.

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