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Timothy Robson

Department: Academic Engagement Services

Title: Academic Engagement Services Associate Director

Email: timothy.robson@case.edu

Phone: 216-368-6508


As the Associate Director for Academic Engagement in Kelvin Smith Library, I am responsible for many of the operational aspects of the library that you may encounter at KSL, including the Access and Delivery Team, who handle circulation, interlibrary loan, OhioLINK, and reference questions; the Research Services Team, who work with faculty and students on in-depth research questions. They also select the books, journals and electronic resources that the library acquires and licenses for CWRU use. The Acquisitions and Metadata Team acquires new materials for the library, catalogs those new materials that are selected. They also keep track of our thousands of periodical subscriptions, both electronic journals and journals published in paper format. They also manage our online library catalog. All of our various teams are here to help students and faculty, and you should always feel free to contact me or another of my colleagues for assistance.

I have worked at CWRU for over 30 years, and I started as the music librarian, with other positions along the way to the present. Besides my degree in library science, my training is as a musician, and I have an active parallel career as a classical/church organist. In the last few years I have become a regular reviewer of classical music concerts in Cleveland for the web publications ClevelandClassical.com and for the London-based bachtrack.com.

Among many other interests, I also have a very strong passion for technology and electronic gadgets. I've used Macintosh computers since the first one, way back in 1984, up to my current MacBook Air and iPad.

For the record, here's my formal information:


Bachelor of Music (Organ Performance), Drake University, 1974
Master of Science (Library Science), Case Western Reserve University, 1977
Master of Arts (Music History), Case Western Reserve University, 1977. 


Music Cataloger, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1977-1980
Music Librarian, Kulas Music Library, Case Western Reserve University, 1980-1986
Head of Cataloging, Freiberger Library, Case Western Reserve University, 1986-1988
Assistant Director for Technical Services, CWRU Libraries, 1988-1998
Deputy Director,  Kelvin Smith Library, 1998-2011
Associate Director for Academic Engagement, 2011-date 

Professional Organizations

American Library Association
Library Information Technology Association
Library Administration and Management Association
College and Research Libraries Association
American Guild of Organists 

About Us FAQ

What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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