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Susan E. Montgomery

Associate Professor/Public Services Librarian at the Olin Library

Susan Montgomery

I am a Professor/Research & Instruction Librarian at the Olin Library. I received my MSLIS from Florida State University. I also have a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a BA in History and Spanish from Knox College, Galesburg, IL.

My research focus is on library space usage and how usage contributes to student learning. I edited a book on this topic titled Assessing Library Space for Learning. We have a copy in Olin if you are interested!

I enjoy learning about the amazing research our students do for their classes and enjoy working one-on-one to help locate quality resources. My liaison departments include Communication, Education, Political Science, Global Languages, International Affairs, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Physical Education, and Sociology.


T. 407.646.2295

Public Services Librarian – Associate Professor | Olin Library, Rollins College
July 2010 – Present

Faculty Librarian | Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
2007 - 2010

Librarian | Grandview Preparatory School, Boca Raton, FL
2005 - 2007


  • M.S., Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2008.
  • M.A., Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1997.
  • Thesis: Domestic Politics, Foreign Relations, and U.S. Immigration Policy; The Change in immigration policy under the Clinton Administration
  • Advanced Studies, Centro de Estudios Unidos Colombo Americano (CEUCA), Bogotá, Colombia, 1992 – 1993.
  • B.A., History & Spanish, Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1992.

Montgomery, Susan E. “Nicaragua.” Women's Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, January 2018.

Montgomery, Susan E. “Peru.” Women's Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia, January 2018.

Montgomery, Susan E. “Civil Wars in Central America & Migration, 1970s-1980s.” 50 Events That Shaped Latino History, March 2018.

Montgomery, Susan E. “Webinars.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet, June 2018.

Montgomery, Susan E. (Editor). Assessing Library Space for Learning. Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.

Montgomery, Susan E. and Suzanne D. Robertshaw. “Filling in the Venn Diagram: Second year students, Research, Writing” in Putting assessment into action: selected projects from the first cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant, Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016, 175-180.

Montgomery, Susan E. and Suzanne D. Robertshaw. “From Co-location to Collaboration: Working Together to Improve Student Learning.” Behavioral and Social Science Librarianship 34 no. 2 (2015) 55-69.

Montgomery, Susan E. "Library Space Assessment: user learning behaviors in the library.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 40, no. 1 (2014) 70-75.

Montgomery, Susan E.  “Making the Library into a Place Our Users Live,” in The New Academic Librarian: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013, 59-66.

Montgomery, Susan E.  “Workshops: how they can work for you.” Codex: the Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL 2 no. 2 (2012) 46–60.

Montgomery, Susan E. “Quantitative vs. Qualitative – do different research methods give us consistent information about our users and their library space needs?”  Library and Information Research 35 no. 111 (2011) 73-86.

Montgomery, Susan E. and Jonathan Miller. “The Third Place: the library as collaborative and community space in a time of fiscal restraint,” College and Undergraduate Libraries 18 no. 2/3 (2011) 228-238.

Montgomery, Susan E. “Online webinars! Interactive learning where our users are,” Public Services Quarterly 6 no. 2/3 (2010) 306-311.

Book Reviews

Library Journal

Davis-Undiano, Robert Con. Mestizos Come Home! Making and Claiming Mexican American Identity. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. Vol. 142, Issue 3, p. 103.

Orduña, José. The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. Vol. 141, Issue 2, p. 93.

MacQuarrie, Kim. Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries. New York: Simon and Schuster. Vol. 140, Issue 17, p. 102.

Barbassa, Juliana. Dancing with the Devil in the City of God. New York, NY: Touchstone, 2015. vol. 140, no. 9, p. 91.

Truax, Eileen. Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2015. vol. 140, no 3, p. 118.

Connor, Matthew. The New University Library: Four Case Studies. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2014. vol. 139, no. 12, p. 101.

Cooke, Julia. The other side of Paradise: Life in New Cuba. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2014. 


Refugee Phrasebook, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland. July 2017.

Franklin, Jane. Cuba and the U.S. empire: a chronological history. New York, NY. Monthly Review, 2016. November 2016.

Immigration History Research Center & Archives, University of Minnesota. January 2015.

Undocumented immigrants in the United States: an encyclopedia of their experience, edited by Anna Ochoa O'Leary. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. August 2014.

Cuba, edited by Ted A. Henken, Miriam Celaya, and Dimas Castellanos. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. April 2014.

Immigrants in American history, edited by Elliott Robert Barkan. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. July 2013.

  • INTN 397: Academic Internship Program
  • CMC 200: Researching Media and Culture (2 semesters)
  • RCC: Intro to the Library sessions

  • Rhea Marsh and Dorothy Lockhart Smith Grant, 2017- 2018, Latinos in Winter Park.  Take a look at my digital project for this grant.
  • Individual Development Grant, Rollins College. 2016-2017.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Latino Americans: 500 Years of History!. 2015
  • National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. 2013

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Montgomery and Harwell publish chapter on rFLA and information literacy

Olin librarians and associate professors Susan Montgomery and Jonathan Harwell had their chapter “Common Intellectual Experiences and Academic Libraries” published in The Engaged Library: High Impact Educational Practices in Academic Libraries.
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Study Breaks

During spring break, students scattered across the globe from Cuba to Japan on faculty-led field studies that encouraged them to learn from difference and find commonality.
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Engaged Learning from a Safe Distance

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, Rollins responds with deep care, quick resolve, and close-knit scholarship to deliver our signature brand of engaged, personalized learning while prioritizing the health and safety of our community.
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