ROBERT J NELSON portrait
  • Associate Librarian, Marriott Library

Education

  • B.A., Middle Eastern History, University of Utah
  • B.A., Arabic, University of Utah
  • Master's of Library & Information Science, Library Science, Brigham Young University

Biography

Robert J. Nelson is the Audio Projects Librarian in the Marriott Library. His primary position is to manage the Library’s Audio Studio as part of the Creativity & Innovation Services Department.

Robert serves several management positions within the Marriott Library: (Interim) Head, Audio-Visual Services; Head of the Fine Arts, Architecture & Planning, Humanities College & Interdisciplinary Team; Head of the International College & Interdisciplinary Team. He is the Selector/Liaison to the Religious Studies major.

Robert has been employed at the Marriott Library since 1988. First, as a Student Employee and Staff Specialist in their Government Documents Department. From 1994-1998 he was the Serials Cataloger Librarian within Government Documents. From 1998-2009 he established and managed the Marriott Library’s Curriculum Library which housed the University of Utah’s K-12 Textbook Library.

Robert’s research interests are: New Media,  Digital Storytelling, Audio Sound Creation/Editing, Interviewing for Research, Broadcast Media, Sound Art, Sound Archives. He also is a campus expert on Podcasting, Reggae Music & the Rastafari religion, Islam & Middle Eastern History/Culture.

Born in the Birthplace of Montana: Fort Benton. Since 1988 Robert has been a deejay on local community radio station 90.9 FM KRCL. He is the host of  Smile Jamaica, one of the longest running Reggae radio shows in the country. From 2003-2012 he was one of the hosts of KRCL’s Radioactive program. He conducted more than 400 interviews with political stalwarts such as Howard Zinn, Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman and more.