ATG Star of the Week: Elaine Robbins, Reference/Instruction Librarian, The Citadel

by | Jan 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Name: Elaine Robbins
Title: Assistant Professor – Reference/Instruction Librarian
Daniel Library, The Citadel, Charleston, SC
Phone: 843-953-6844
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Born and Lived: I was born in Charleston then grew up in Mt. Pleasant and Summerville, SC. I’ve been back in Charleston for the past 16 years and love it. Other cities and travelling are exciting, but it’s nice to come home to such a beautiful city.

Professional Career and Activities: I am the liaison to the English and History departments on campus, and this role has proven to be the most rewarding. I get to act as an ambassador for the library to the departments and vice-versa. I work on creating relationships with faculty members and students to complete students’ academic experience in college.

In My Spare Time: I enjoy yoga, walking, volunteering with animals, finding out-of-the-way restaurants and watering holes.

Favorite Books: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand; Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden; Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard

Pet Peeves: Selfishness

Most Memorable Career Achievement: There have been a few noteworthy moments over the past five years, but I had a student tell me “I’m glad you’re on the Reference Desk tonight, you’re my favorite Librarian.” This isn’t really an “achievement”, but Librarians rarely hear feedback from students, so it was memorable!

How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Librarians will be building on their subject specialties and will be leading projects and endeavors on campus. The “Reference Librarian” as we traditionally see him/her is no longer just a person at a desk, but someone who is involved in scholarly efforts with various departments.


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