Judith Schiek Robinson

Professor Emerita

Professor Emeriti

 534 Baldy Hall

Questioning behaviors
U. S. Federal government information
Reference negotiation
Government information
Online Learning

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Library Science, Florida State University, 1975
  • M.L.S., Library Science, Florida State University, 1970
  • B.A., English and Philosophy, Florida State University, 1968

I have delivered online workshops about accessing federal government information and I taught "How to Use the Federal Register" for the U.S. government. I received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. I served as DLIS Assistant Chair in 1999 and as department chair 2000-2009.
I was born in Mississippi and raised on an island in Florida.

One of my special interests is U.S. government information. Federal government information provision has skewed dramatically toward the Internet, but traditional sources such as
depository libraries, the Library of Congress, the presidential libraries, and the National Archives remain vital.
Teaching reference is similarly exciting, with information migrating to electronic formats while classic reference skills such as bibliographic instruction and the reference interview remain essential. Ours is an exciting field with many skills to master. Librarians/information specialists have aptly been called "information navigators." It's a demanding, but exhilarating, charge.

Current External Funding

$30,000 IMLS scholarships: the DLIS component of the $995,960 three-year IMLS grant for a statewide recruitment project titled Making it REAL! Recruitment, Education, And Learning: Creating a New Generation of Librarians to Serve All New Yorkers.

Professional and Research Interests

  • Questioning behaviors
  • The reference interview with children
  • Access to federal government information


Robinson, J. (2007, November). Issues and challenges: Views from academe. Discussant at the annual conference of the New York Library Association, Sarasota Springs, NY.


Tapping the Government Grapevine: A User-Friendly Guide to U.S. Government Information Sources. 3rd edition. Oryx Press, 1998. (1st edition 1988; 2nd edition 1993).

Subject Guide to United States Government Reference Sources, 2nd ed. co-authored with Gayle J. Hardy. Libraries Unlimited, 1996. (1st edition 1985, authored alone).

U.S. Government Scientific and Technical Information Sources, coauthored with Rao Aluri. Libraries Unlimited, 1983.

The Librarian and Reference Queries: A Systematic Approach, coauthored with Gerald Jahoda. Academic Press, 1980.

Invited Articles

"Letter to the Community, by Ridley R. Kessler, with Responses by Brian E. C. Schottlaender, Daniel Cornwall, Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, Marilyn Moody and Judith Robinson." DttP (Documents to the People). 33 (Winter 2005): 20-21.

"We Are All Documents Librarians: Naturalizing the Next Generation." DttP (Documents to the People). 32 (Winter 2004): 22-24.

"The United States of America," in Information Sources in Official Publications, edited by Valerie J. Nurcombe. London: Bowker Saur, 1997. Pp. 25-44.

"Geographic Mobility and Career Advancement of Male and Female Librarians," in The Status of Women in Librarianship: Historical, Sociological and Economic Issues, ed. by Kathleen M. Heim. New York; Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1983. Pp. 345-391.

"Library Affirmative Action Research Needs," in Librarians' Affirmative Action Handbook, ed. by John H. Harvey and Elizabeth M. Dickinson. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983. Pp. 240-261.

Articles in Books and Refereed Journals

"Technology and New Directions in Professional Development: Applications of Digital Video, Peer Review, and Self-reflection." Journal of Educational Technology Systems. 33 (2) p. 131-146. 2004-2005. Co-authored with Jim Collins, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Roberta Sullivan.

"Integrating LIS into an Organizational IS/IT Environment," by Judith Robinson and Thomas L. Jacobson. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 44 (Winter 2003): 26-38.

"Reference Service to Students: A Crucible for Ethical Inquiry," by Judith Robinson and Gayle Hardy, RQ (Reference Quarterly) 30 (Fall 1990): 82-87.

"Format Discrimination in Libraries," by Judith Robinson and John Ellison, in Media Librarianship, ed. by John Ellison. Neal-Schuman, 1986. Pp. 16-23.

"The Reference Desk: Service Point or Barrier?" RQ (Reference Quarterly) 23 (Spring 1984): 332-8; coauthored with Larry Larason.

"Federal Government Research in Progress: Information for Science and Technology," coauthored Rao Aluri. Database 6 (February 1983): 36-43.

"U.S. Government Produced Audiovisual Materials." RQ (Reference Quarterly) 21 (Fall 1981): 23- 26.

"Job Mobility of Men and Women Librarians and How It Affects Career Advancement." American Libraries 10 (December 1979): 643-47. Winner of American Libraries Prize Article Competition.

"Using Student Submitted Questions for Practice in Answering Reference Questions." Journal of Education for Librarianship 19 (Summer 1978): 78- 82.

"The Reference Process: Modules for Instruction." RQ (Reference Quarterly) 17 (Fall 1977): 7-12. By Dr. Gerald Jahoda (principal author), Judith Robinson, and Herbert Nath.