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Deborah Prosser, PhD

Director of the Olin Library

Deborah Prosser

Deborah leads the Olin Library. Previously, she served as the Dean of Libraries at the University of North Georgia and the Dean of Library Services at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Deborah’s passion within libraries is connecting students with resources that can help ensure their success in college and fuel their interests to become lifelong learners. Collaborating, sharing ideas and research projects, and advancing student and faculty scholarships are also fundamental goals.  Deborah’s academic background is in American Studies and Art History, and she is strongly committed to the interdisciplinary inquiry that is foundational to liberal arts education. Outside of Rollins, Deborah supports her son who is a passionate environmentalist and bird biologist in-training at the University of Montana.

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Ph.D., American Civilization, Material Culture, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., American Civilization, Material Culture, University of Pennsylvania
M.L.S., Southern Connecticut State University
B.A., Art History and American Studies, University of Delaware

“Deaccessioning in the Academic Library: Feelings About Books and Place.” Library Trends (Forthcoming 2020).

 “Why Does Walt Whitman Endure?” in Ut Pictora Poesis: Walt Whitman and the Poetry of Art. Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, Rollins College (Fall 2019)

 Review of Between the Wedding and the War: The Bulloch/Roosevelt Letters 1854-1860 by Gwendolyn I. Koehler and Connie M. Huddleston. Georgia Library Quarterly (Spring 2017).

 “Woman in a Man’s World: Louise Dubose and the Battleship Georgia Silver.”  Folks and Folk, Variations on the Vernacular: The Eighth Biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts (Spring, 2018)

No Translation Required: Artists’ Books in Germany and Georgia Design Press (Exhibition Catalog, Savannah College of Art and Design, February 2010).

Deborah has taught courses in Information Literacy, American History, American Material Culture, and American and English Art History and Decorative Arts.

  • American Library Association
  • Oberlin Libraries Membership Committee
  • Lever Press Oversight Committee, Secretary
  • Institute of Physics Publishing, Library Advisory Board Member
  • Historical Society of Central Florida, Board Member
  • Reference Services Review, Co-editor