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Robert S. Martin

  • B.A., history, Rice University, 1971
  • M.L.S., library and information sciences, North Texas State University, 1979
  • Ph.D., library and information sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988

Dr. Martin retired as a professor and the Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. He has authored, co-authored, or edited seven books and numerous articles, including "Maps of Texas and the Southwest, 1513-1900" and "Scholarly Communication in an Electronic Environment: Issues for Research Libraries." Dr. Martin has served as director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin, Texas, and director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martin was appointed to the 26-member advisory council of the National Endowment for the Humanities for a six-year term that ended in January 2012. He has served on the Literacy Committee and was vice hair of the Education Committee of the U.S. Commission on UNESCO. Dr. Martin has previously served on the External Advisory Board of Rice University's Humanities Research Center.