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Dr. Robert Martin returns to TWU following IMLS service



DENTON — Dr. Robert S. Martin, former director of the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, has been appointed to the Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair in Library Science at Texas Woman’s University.

Dr. Martin, who served as professor and interim director of TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies prior to his federal post, will return to the Denton campus Sept. 1. His term with the IMLS ended July 12.

“I look forward to returning to Texas Woman’s University and to rejoining my colleagues in the School of Library and Information Studies,” Dr. Martin said. “I’m also deeply honored to accept the position of Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair.

“As director of the Institute, my focus was on providing support for the important educational resources and services museums and libraries provide,” Dr. Martin said. “One of the most important resources a library has is knowledgeable professionals who can meet the needs of a variety of patrons. The TWU School of Library and Information Studies does a tremendous job of preparing professionals who can thrive in an ever-changing environment, and I look forward to again being a part of that.”

TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Martin back to Texas Woman’s University, and to honor him with an endowed chair. He represented the Institute of Museum and Library Services with distinction during his tenure as director, and will continue his support for creating lifelong learners by helping the TWU School of Library and Information Studies prepare tomorrow’s leaders in the information professions.”

President George W. Bush in June 2001 nominated Dr. Martin as the first librarian to serve as director of the IMLS, a federal grant-making agency dedicated to helping the nation’s 15,000 museums and 122,000 libraries serve their communities. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination.

During his tenure, the institute awarded 4,318 grants totaling more than $861 million. These federal grants provided funding to libraries and museums for educational programs, community outreach, leadership development, and care and digitization of collections.

Under Dr. Martin’s leadership, the IMLS took on a principal role in representing the United States in international discussions of libraries and museums. He assisted in drafting the ministerial statement for the first-ever U.N. World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2003. In 2004, Dr. Martin headed the U.S. delegation to the organization of American States Intergovernmental Meeting of Ministers of Culture in Mexico City. Later that year, he served as co-head of the U.S. delegation to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Meeting on Cultural Diversity in Paris.

Prior to his work at TWU, Dr. Martin served as director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. He has authored and co-authored several scholarly publications, including two best-selling books that reflect his interest and expertise in the history of the American Southwest. He has held elected and appointed roles in professional library and archives organizations. Among his many awards is the Justin Winsor Prize for best library history essay from the American Library Association.

The Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair in Library Science is named in honor of Mrs. Lillian Bradshaw, director of the Dallas Public Library from 1962-1984.


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