Name: Elaine Robbins
Title: Assistant Professor – Reference/Instruction Librarian
Organization: Daniel Library, The Citadel, Charleston, SC 29409
Email address: email@example.com
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.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.