Robert D. Montoya is an Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, at Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his PhD in Information Studies from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
His research broadly examines how communities represent, organize, and share information and how the knowledge organizing infrastructures that support this exchange are affected by underlying values about knowledge. He brings together several domains of scholarly activity in his work including, classification theory, philosophy of information, documentation studies, biodiversity informatics, systematics, Science and Technology Studies (STS), infrastructure studies, and data studies. Other fields of scholarly interest include, history of the book and print culture, library studies/management, special collections, and digital scholarship.
His research has been funded by Indiana University, UCLA, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Litwin Books, as well Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.
He has held professional positions in special collections and archives since 2007. He was formerly the Head of Public Services for Library Special Collections (LSC) at UCLA—ranked among the top ten academic research libraries in North America—where he led LSC’s reference, reader services, instruction, outreach, duplication services, and scholarly communication and publishing. As Head of Public Services, he became committed to finding innovative ways to integrate primary sources and rare books into university instruction, particularly by using online infrastructures and digital humanities approaches to facilitate the use of archives and special collections.