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Faculty: Mark Robison

Mark Robison

Mark Robison

Research Services Librarian
Assistant Professor
Christopher Center, Room 264
(219) 464-6286
Mark.Robison (at) valpo.edu

Professor Robison joined the Valparaiso University faculty in the fall of 2014. He is part of the Research Services team, which coordinates the library's marketing, outreach, and programming. Additionally, he teaches library instruction and is the liaison to Social Work, Political Science, History, American Studies, ROTC, and area high schools.

Before joining the Christopher Center, Prof. Robison worked at The University of Alabama. He obtained his Master of Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington, where he fell in love with public services and demystifying the research process for students.

Areas of research interest include residence hall outreach, transfer student success, and libraries' engagement with new social media.

Publications:

Edited Volume

Robison, Mark, and Lindley Shedd. (Eds.). Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds: Building a Library of Things. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. (Forthcoming, June 2017)

Refereed Journal Article

Mark Robison and Ruth Sara Connell. "Harnessing Yik Yak for Good: A Study of Students' Anonymous Library Feedback." The Journal of Web Librarianship 11.1 (2017).

Robison, Mark. "The Role of Information Literacy Instruction in Transfer Student Success." Reference Services Review 45.1 (2017). Article Proposal Accepted.

Book Chapters (non-refereed)

Robison, Mark Daniel, and Josh Sahib. "Understanding Our Users: Feedback and Quizzes Using Google Forms." In The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries: Instruction, Administration, and Staff Productivity, Volume 1, edited by Carol Smallwood, 271-280. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Robison, Mark. "Discovering Inquiry Workshop." In The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans, edited by Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016.

Reviews:

Robison, Mark D. "TV News Search & Borrow [Review]." Public Services Quarterly 10.1 (2014): 15-17.

Robison, Mark D. "DART-Europe E-theses Portal [Review]." Public Services Quarterly 10.4 (2014). (Forthcoming)

Presentations:

“Roving Reference: Combating Library Anxiety by Extroverting the Reference Desk” (poster), Alabama Library Association/Southeastern Library Association Convention, Point Clear, Alabama, April 2015.

“When Faculty Give You Lemons: Using the Frames to Revolutionize the ‘Library Visit’,” Workshop, Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium, Kokomo, Indiana, August 2015.

“Patron-Driven Programs: Successes and Lessons Learned from Turning the Library Over to Students for a Week” (poster), American Library Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 2016. 

Professional Memberships and Activities:

American Library Association:
-Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL); Instruction Section
-Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT); Transitions to College Committee

Education:

M.L.S., Indiana University
B.A., Majors in History and in German Language & Literature, Purdue University

Honor Society:

Phi Beta Kappa