Dr. Robert Martin

Lillian Bradshaw Distinguished Professor of Library Science, Texas Woman’s University

Robert MartinRobert S. Martin is Lillian Bradshaw Distinguished Professor of Library Science in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. From 2001 to 2005 he served as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He also served as Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from October, 2001, through January, 2002.

From 1999 to 2001 Martin served as Professor and as Interim Director in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. He was Director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission from 1995 to 1999, and for the decade prior to that. he was at Louisiana State University, where he was Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections. Before that, he worked in the archives and special collections at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Austin.

Martin has authored, co-authored, or edited numerous books and journal articles, reflecting his diverse interests in librarianship and the history of the American West. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals such as American Archivist, Library Quarterly, Libraries and Culture and Meridian.

Martin has held numerous elected and appointed offices in professional library and archives organizations. He was President of Beta Phi Mu, the national honor society for Library and Information Studies, from 2001 to 2003. His work has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Distinguished Service Award, Texas Library Association; Distinguished Alumnus, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill; Distinguished Service Award, Society of Southwest Archivists; and the Justin Winsor Prize from the American Library Association.

Martin has a Ph.D. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MLS from the University of North Texas, and a BA from Rice University.