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Louise Robbins

Louise Robbins

Expert on history of American librarianship during the Cold War, libraries and librarianship generally, strategic planning in librarianship, library education

Professor, library and information studies International Division Work: 608-263-2955 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • History of libraries and librarianship from the 1930s-1960s, especially intellectual freedom and censorship, as well as services to African Americans
  • Economic, social and educational value of public libraries in a democracy
  • Strategic planning and outcomes assessment for public libraries, including process of establishing mission, goals, objectives and means of measurement


  • Author of award-winning "The Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown: Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library."
  • One of 100 Notable Librarians, Oklahoma Library Association, 2007
  • President, Association for Library and Information Science Education (two years)
  • Informal consultant to Gov. Thompson's Task Force on Privacy