Alumnus of the Year 2007: Robyn C. Frank
Robyn Frank, of Robyn Frank Strategic Partners is the College of Information Studies' Alumni of the year 2006-07.
Robyn worked for 34 years as a career federal library manager. She began as a research assistant in the D.C. Public Schools during the late sixties, after which, Robyn took a position at the American Society for Information Science to work on developing a national model educational information center for the U.S. Department of Education.
In 1973, Robyn set up the Food and Nutrition Information Center at the National Agricultural Library. She later became the Head of the Information Centers Branch (NAL), where she worked for 25 years developing information centers on specific areas of agriculture. In 1998, Robyn moved to the Library of Congress to head the Library References Services of the Congressional Research Service. Here she developed three information resource centers and created the first “Virtual Resource Center” Web site. Four short years later, with her extensive background in designing information centers, the U.S. Executive Office of the President selected Robyn to become the Director of Library and Research Services. In 2005, Robyn’s professional capability in strategic planning lead to the foundation of her own company, Robyn Frank Strategic Partners, which focuses on consulting services to libraries and information centers.
From 1992-1994, Robyn created and edited the Directory of Food and Nutrition Information for Professionals and Consumers. Followed by work as Chief Editor for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Information from 1993-1997. Robyn is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association and is also a member of the American Library Association. Robyn enjoys spending time with her three daughters and two granddaughters. Favorite hobbies include traveling, reading, and watching the Baltimore Orioles play baseball.