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Louise S. Robbins
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Photo of Louise RobbinsLouise S. Robbins led in the development of the first elementary library at Byng School; was a librarian at Linscheid Library; East Central University, where she led in the development of the building program; and was a member of the Ada Public Library board. She was the first woman elected to the Ada City Council, where she also served as mayor and helped realize a new public library. She was also founding director of the Pontotoc County Literacy Council. Robbins was active in the Oklahoma Library Association, serving on a number of committees and round tables. Currently the director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, Robbins has won awards for her articles and books dealing with the history of librarians and intellectual freedom in the United States. Her best known work is The Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown: Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000), winner of the Eliza Atkins Gleason Library History Award and the Willa Award for a nonfiction book from Women Writing the West, and a finalist in the nonfiction category in the Oklahoma Center for the Book Awards. As a result of her work, a forgotten Bartlesville, Oklahoma, librarian named Ruth W. Brown has been rediscovered and honored by an Oklahoma Library Association Social Responsibilities award and by a statue to be erected by the Bartlesville Women’s Network in the Bartlesville Public Library in 2007. Robbins was named Wisconsin Librarian of the Year in 2001.

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