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Tami RobinsonTami Robinson

Associate Professor/Coordinator, Instructional Services
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4483
Fax: 509.777.3221
Office Location: Harriet Cheney Cowles Library 115

Tami Robinson is a librarian at Whitworth University, teaching library and research instruction to classes in various disciplines and providing individual reference assistance. Before coming to Spokane, she was a librarian at Louisiana State University, Shreveport and the University of California, San Diego. Her subject background is in agriculture, the plant sciences and ecology.


M.L.S. San Jose State University
M.S. California Polytechnic State University
B.S. University of California, Davis

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Libraries: library research instruction, reference, science collection development

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications include: "Whitworth University: Harriett Cheney Cowles Memorial Library." The Informed Librarian (April 2014).

"Unanticipated Fortuitous Information Discoveries: Serendipity in Research." ALKI: The Washington Library Association Journal, 30.1 (March 2014): pp. 13-16.

"Professional Development Opportunities Provided by Consortia: What We Can Learn from this Model" in Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future. Samantha Schmehl Hines, Ed. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2014.

"The Problem and Prospect of Getting Information Literacy into the Academy: Keynote Address of the Annual Conference of the Association of Christian Librarians, June 11, 2013." The Christian Librarian 56.2: 59-65.

Echavarria Robinson, Tami. "Collaborative Endeavors Can Be Memorable, Energizing and Rewarding." ALKI: The Washington Library Association Journal, 29.3 (November 2013): pp. 14-15.

"Process not Product: Learning to Be Information Literate." The Informed Librarian (September 2013).

numerous articles in ALKI, the Washington Library Association journal, and The Christian Librarian, since 2001;

Presentations include: "Research Discoveries: Intentional Searching and Serendipitous Information Encounters." Association of Christian Librarians 2014 Conference. Huntington, Ind., June 11, 2014.

"Le chercheur écrivain multilingue: Faculty-librarian Collaboration." Inland InfoLit Retreat 2013. Spokane, Wash., Nov. 1, 2013.

Presentations at the Association of Christian Librarians' annual conference (2014,’10, '09, '08, '07, '04, '03, '02); and at the Association of College & Research Libraries biennial conference (2015, 2003, 1997, '92).

Managing Editor, The Christian Librarian: Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians (2014- present); member of the ALKI Editorial Committee, ALKI: The Washington Library Association Journal (2000-2005, 2009-2014); Member at Large of the Board of Directors of the Association of Christian Librarians (2011-14); President of the Fellowship of Christian Library and Information Specialists (2004-08); and President of the Liberal Arts Colleges section of the Association of Christian Librarians (2011-12).