Dr. Rathbun-Grubb's research centers on the intersection of education, training, and careers in library and information science (LIS). She is particularly interested in career progression across the life course, job satisfaction, and the evaluation of pedagogical strategies in LIS education.
Faculty and Staff
Susan R. Rathbun-Grubb, Ph.D.
|Department:||School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications
School of Library and Information Science
A.B., English, Duke University
M.A.T., English, Duke University
M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Susan Rathbun-Grubb has worked in academic, public, and school libraries, as well as the health information technology industry.
Lifelong learning, reflection, and interactivity form the foundation of Dr. Rathbun-Grubb's teaching philosophy. She believes that in addition to the stated learning objectives, a course provides students and their instructor with an opportunity to learn from each other's diversity of life and work experience. She teaches Introduction to Technical Services, Cataloging, Subject Analysis and Classification, Indexing and Abstracting, Serials, Metadata, and Social Science Information Services. Dr. Rathbun-Grubb received the Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Recent Publications and Presentations
Rathbun-Grubb, S. & Snow, K. (2017, January). Leveraging Educator-Practitioner Partnerships to Define Competencies for Technical Services Professionals. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, Atlanta, GA, January 17-20.
Green, M. & Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2016). Classifying African literary authors. Library Resources and Technical Services, 60(4), 270-277.
Rathbun-Grubb, S. (2016). End of program assessments and their association with early career success in LIS. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 57(1), 43-56
Rathbun-Grubb. (co-author). (2013). Workforce issues in library and information science 3 project team. Guide to Data Curation Across the Research Project Lifecycle. Located here»
- Chair-elect, Library Research Round Table, American Library Association
- Chair, Education Committee, Acquisitions Section Executive Committee, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, American Library Association
- School Representative, Association for Library and Information Science Education
- University Faculty & Staff IT Advisory Committee
- University Committee on Information Technology
- University Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions (chair, 2017-18)
- Faculty advisor – SLIS student group – Student Cooperative for Archives, Libraries, and Museums (SCALM)
- Faculty Advisor, Beta Omega Chapter of Beta Phi Mu