University of Mount Olive Alumnus Writes Column for Library Journal

MOUNT OLIVE –Brandon Robbins always wanted to pursue a career in writing. He graduated from University of Mount Olive in 2005 with a degree in English.  While in college, Robbins began working at Wayne County Public Library, where he is still employed. He also writes a column for Library Journal, a prestigious publication in the library community. “There is nothing that is not related to my career,” Robbins explained. “I can explore any kind of interest or hobby and bring it back to work. The fact that I have an educational background that encourages researching and experiencing multiple walks of life, and a career that welcomes knowledge from multiple disciplines, is actually kind of cool.”

A Goldsboro native, Robbins was a four year Honors Program participant at University of Mount Olive. He was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, in his sophomore year and received the Literature Student of the Year award as a senior. He believes the time spent at University of Mount Olive was instrumental to the success he’s found in his current career. “Writing and communication skills are necessary for any job, and the ability to analyze and articulate big ideas and identify the strengths and weaknesses of various types of media—skill sets almost exclusive to the MOC English curriculum—have come in quite handy as a librarian.”

As the Young Adult Services Coordinator at Wayne County Public Library, Robbins wrote a grant for $5,000 to implement and bolster gaming initiatives at the library in 2009. WCPL was one of ten winners for the grant. Last year he began writing the column “Games, Gamers, and Gaming,” for Library Journal that allows him to study how games help people create their own narratives and develop critical thinking skills. “In the column I review board games and video games. However, it’s from the point-of-view of a librarian, so I don’t just answer the question, ‘Is this game any good?’ I also answer the question, ‘How can this game most effectively be used in a library setting?’ It’s a fun column to write, and it gives me an excuse to spend obscene amounts of money on new games.”

Robbins graduated with his master’s degree in library science from East Carolina University in 2011. He married his wife Nicolle on March 18th of this year. He plans to continue writing his column for Library Journal, and he has a few other projects he hopes to publish. “I’m working on a novel and the script for a graphic novel. I write what I can, when I can. Life is about what you love and surrounding yourself with it every day, and if you do that, people can tell that you’re happy.”

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit www.moc.edu.