Rob Kairis

Rob Kairis

Administration, Regionals
Interim Assistant Dean RIS/Library Director, Regional CampusInterim Assistant Dean
Office Location:
Stark Library Room 103, University Library, Room 510
Contact Information
53326 or 330-244-3326

Provides administrative, programmatic and operational leadership and oversight for the Research and Instructional Services (RIS) unit of University Libraries. Supervises faculty librarians. Addresses research support and information literacy instruction needs of college, school and departmental faculty and students. Oversees evaluation, analysis and reporting of these efforts.

  • Plans, implements, and evaluates the programming and services of the RIS unit.
  • Coordinates the planning and delivery of all research support and instructional programs, such as distance education support and Plagiarism school.
  • Leads initiatives to continually analyze research and instructional needs to identify opportunities for new initiatives.
  • Guides the development of departmental and librarian goals and objectives.
  • Provides oversight for the development of instructional support materials in a variety of formats, such as LibGuides, Blackboard course materials and instructional program Web pages.
  • Maintains awareness of the skills needed for effective research instruction, including attention to learning styles, active learning, and collaborative learning techniques. Arranges professional development opportunities so RIS and other subject librarians can utilize these skills in their instruction sessions.
  • Builds working relationships and identifies opportunities for collaboration, including working with faculty groups and other academic support units, other on-campus partners, and external constituencies as appropriate.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding and awareness of University Libraries systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintains a collegial and constructive environment based upon open communication and the fostering of good working relationships among all faculty and staff.
  • Works in departmental and University Libraries’ working groups to ensure objectives are effectively met.
  • Embodies the highest professional standards. Upgrades professional and technical skills as needed
  • Participates in other activities as assigned.

Manages all phases of the library operation, including automation, budget, collection development, public and technical services.  Works with faculty and staff to assess the library's needs and promotes its use as a central element in the educational experience of the campus.

  • Develops and implements new library programs and services
  • Supervises professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Studies the viability of services and programs in the library field to determine the feasibility of introducing them to the library
  • Analyzes and measures the success of current services and programs
  • Communicates the availability of library services and programs to students, faculty, and staff
  • Keeps the campus administration informed concerning new developments in the field of library science
  • Generates documentation (reports, for example) to inform and record library activities
  • Monitors all library purchases and assists in maintaining the library collection
  • Performs regular library duties (reference, circulation, etc.)