Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Louise S. Robbins

Louise S. Robbins, 2017 Library Hall of Fame Inductee

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
in Hall of Fame
Louise S. Robbins was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame at the Wisconsin Library Association annual meeting in Wisconsin Dells on October 19, 2017.
louise-robbins-blog-72Louise S. Robbins has been a force in and for Wisconsin libraries since she became Assistant Professor and Faculty Administrator at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 1991.  She joined SLIS after being a reading specialist, teacher, and librarian in Oklahoma where she also served as Ada, Oklahoma’s first woman council member and then mayor.  Her work in Oklahoma resulted in being named an Oklahoma “Library Legend” in 2007. In her initial capacity at SLIS she was director of the School’s Laboratory Library.  While at SLIS she built a distinguished record of teaching, service, and research along her way to becoming a full professor and serving as director of the School from 1997 to 2009.  Robbins’ record of activity made an exceptional contribution to Wisconsin libraries that did not stop with her retirement in 2011.  She remains active in the Wisconsin library community through her work with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and their effort to rebuild a community library as well as her work with the wider Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums project and the IMLS funded “Convening Great Lake Culture Keepers,” projects she was instrumental in getting going.  
Louise Robbins has had an impact on library service at the state, national, and international level. As a library and information studies (LIS) educator as well as practitioner she has mentored many librarians in Wisconsin and beyond. At various times Robbins’ teaching load included the required field-practice, or practicum, course as well as the introductory course, meaning virtually every student who came through SLIS for many years had the opportunity to study with her. Besides her teaching/mentoring, Robbins was a force for the profession in Wisconsin by among other things: raising the profile of the School at the University; working on Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) committees; advocating for libraries at the local and state levels; contributing to a report in 2004 on Wisconsin library system organization; and was co-lead for an IMLS grant which provided scholarships and other support to increase diversity among students and the profession. Notably, WLA recognized Louise Robbins’ many contributions in 2001 with their Wisconsin Librarian of the Year award. 
Louise Robbins’ influence on library service goes well beyond the state.  She was actively involved with the Association for Library and Information Science Education, including being president in 2003 and 2004.  She was active in the American Library Association (ALA) and a member of the Committee on Accreditation, meaning she provided feedback to LIS programs in other places.  She was the external reviewer for numerous LIS faculty at other universities. And she was a member of the National Board for Beta Pi Mu, the librarian honor society which raises scholarship money and published a scholarly monograph series (for which she served as a member of the editorial board from 1996-2003). On the international level, she has consulted with librarians in Kazahkstan to help develop the Nazarbayev University Library and in China through her work with the Evergreen Education Foundation.    
Louise Robbins has made important and lasting contributions to the profession through her scholarship.  Robbins’ main research stream investigated the development of Intellectual Freedom as it contributes to the understanding of librarianship as a profession and the library as an institution. Her best known work is The Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown: Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2000.  The book won several awards including the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award of the Library History Round Table of ALA and a WILLA Award (named for Willa Cather).  She is author of several other books including Censorship and the American Library: The American Library Association’s response to Threats to Intellectual Freedom, 1939-1969, which was published by Greenwood Press in 1996.  In 1994 she published one of many articles in library publications titled “Loyalty Investigations in the Library of Congress: 1947-1956 : No ‘Communists or Cocksuckers’” in Library Quarterly.  The article helped launch the ALA conference program, “Hidden from History: Lesbigays in Libraryland” which led to a book edited by James Carmichael, Daring to Find Our Name: The Search for Lesbigay Library History that came out from Greenwood in 1998.  Robbins’ work was timely and part of the work which helped create a professional tide improving climate for GLBT users and employees.  Robbins’ research also contributed to LIS pedagogy through her “action research” on the laboratory library.  Along with her work with ALISE, she has contributed to the profession by influencing the notion of LIS education itself. 
Robbins received a B.A. with honors at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA in 1965; a M.Ed. from East Central University in Ada, OK in 1973; a M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX in 1984; and a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX in 1991.
Robbins professional positions prior to coming to Wisconsin included serving as Assistant Professor and Librarian at Linscheid Library, East Central University, Ada, OK and Elementary School Library Media Specialist, Byng School, Ada, OK.
This Hall of Fame entry was adapted from content provided by Michele Besant.


Popular Tags

Ruby Roeder Nolan I. Neds Carl Spitzweg Carnegie libraries National Bookmobile Day Publications Library Trustees Sarah Janice Kee Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Wilbur Lyle Eberhart trav WLA 125 library legislation Hall of Fame 2010 COLAND UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Wisconsin Historical Society books-by-mail Public library systems background Marketing-Publicity Elroy Public Library Helen Adams campaign Jane K. Billings Parcel post Peter G. Hamon Clinton Public Library Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Lowell W. Wilson 24 Klaus Linderfelt State Law Library Irene W. Newman Tower Hill Wisconsin Milwaukee Public Library Hartford Public Library caly film Charles Bunge Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Hall of Fame 2018 Postcards Hall of Fame 2013 Library History Clarence Brown Lester American Library Association Jerome P. Daniels Zona Gale J. D. Witter Library Systems Historical Register Hall fo Fame 2012 Louise S. Robbins Wisconsin State Law Library Academic Libraries Black River Falls Ice Storm Anniversaries Wisconsin Library Association Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs Portage Public Library Hall of Fame 2009 Wisconsin Free Library Commission caly film Woman's Congress cam Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Events & Meetings Hall Superior Carnegie Libraries DeForest Area Public Library campa Frank Avery Hutchins Lutie Eugenia Stearns Public libraries Library People archives Wisconsin Library Heritage Center James Huff Stout Exhibits buil Larry T. Nix 21 Milwaukee Art Museum Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Black River Falls Public Library WHCLIS Richard E. Krug Library people Postcards Library e Postcards John Miller Chancellor Sandra Friedman Dolnick Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee ca Library celebrations Suring Area Public Library Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Beloit Public Library William J. Wilson School libraries Hall of Fame 2014 Pinback buttons Buttons Centennial Robert Bocher WWI Library War Service Wisconsin Library Bulletin Library Artifacts Wisconsin Free Library Commission Public libraries American Library Association Library War Service Hall of Fame 2011 James Duane Doty Inform Wisconsin Gertrude Thurow 27 WLA 125 campaign Bob Bochfer Brown Deer Public Library White House Conference on Library and Information Services John J. Jax Events Appleton Public Library Hall of Fame 2008 Cam 28 World War I library exhibit Special libraries McMillan Memorial Library hall of caly film Library Buidlings Dorothea M. Krause Campaign Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries People Ripon Public Library Campaign Lutie Stearns Oshkosh Public Library Meter mail slogans UW-Milwaukee Libraries Hall of Fame 2016 Brown Deer Public Library Ruth Ann Montgomery traveling libraries presentations Hall of Fame 2017 anniversaries Beaver Dam Public Library Milwaukee Public Library Library people S. Janice Kee School of Library and Information Studies Eager Free Public Library Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Lucy E. Smith Morris Cornelia Marving Pierce 20 state historical society 22 UW-Madison school of library and information studies Rusk County Community Library Evansville Wisconsin Delia Ovitz Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Uncategorized WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2012 Library Buildings WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2015 Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Soughton Public Library Wisconsin Rapids Postcards 14 library education campaign Middleton Public Library Brown County Library Katharine MacDonald Jones Increase A. Lapham Council on Library and Network Development Wayne A. Wiegand bed and breakfast Hall of Fame 2015 Orrilla Blackshear Cooperative Children's Book Center Campaign Bernard Schwab CCBC library memorabilia 23 Capitol Fire 1904 Gerald A. Somers Eratus Swift Wilcox Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Gilbert H. Doane Madison Public Library Pewaukee Public Library Events & Meetings Bookmobiles Amer Manitowoc Public Library I Love Libraries Academic Librarians Anniversaries bookworm Digital Collections 10 Edward Asahel Birge National Library Week T. B. Scott Free Public Library Dianne McAfee Hopkins Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries WAAL Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries 11 Hall of Fame 2012 membership libraries Matthew S. Dudgeon Hall of Fame 2018 Hall of Fame 2012

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo