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Robert D. Montoya

Associate Professor
Robert D. Montoya

Academic Office

Moore 3141

CalRBS Office

GSE&IS 232

300 N. Charles E Young Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Robert D. Montoya
Associate Professor

Robert D. Montoya is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies, School of Education and Information Studies; Director of UCLA California Rare Book School, and Director of the UCLA Library, Ethics, and Justice Lab. Montoya’s research trajectory focuses on special collections and rare books; global book history; and international library development and publishing; information representation and positionality; critical, ethical, and justice-oriented LIS work; and knowledge organization. He is an expert in rare books and print culture; library science and studies; library continuing education and pedagogy, international library development; and biodiversity informatics. (with a specific emphasis on museum environments). He received his PhD from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, a MLIS with a specialization in rare books, print and visual culture from UCLA, and a MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural history, U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy, Kosovo, and the National Library of Kosovo.

Photographer name: Michael Tyrone Delaney 

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies
  • Director of California Rare Book School
  • Director, Libraries, Justice, & Ethics Lab


  • Ph.D., Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
  • Master of Library & Information Science (M.L.I.S.), University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Concentration in Poetry), Antioch University, Los Angeles, 2008
  • B.A in English (American Literature and Culture), University of California, Los Angeles, 2003

Select Publications

  • "Power of Position: Classification and the Biodiversity Sciences." Forthcoming monograph from The MIT Press, History and Foundations of Information Science Series.