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Rob Kairis

Library Director, Stark Campus, Professor

Special Interests


Along managing general library operations at the Stark Campus, I am heavily involved with educating students about plagiarism--what it is, how to avoid doing it, and what happens to students if they get accused of plagiarizing. I teach a 50 minute workshop as part of the university's FYE/Destination Kent course, taught mostly to in-coming freshmen.

I also helped develop"Plagiarism School." When an instructor determines that an act of plagiarism was more the result of poor preparation for college or inadequate writing skills and less the result of out-right academic dishonesty, he or she can ask a student accused of plagiarism to attend Plagiarism School. Plagiarism School is a one-on-one session lasting about 45 minutes.

Conflict Resolution

I also serve as the campus Student Complaint Advisor. In this role I manage disputes and attempt to resolve student complaints. If possible, I act as a mediator and resolve complaints informally. Otherwise, I serve as the chair of the Student Complaint Review Committee and facilitate hearings designed to resolve complaints in a formal setting.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

 A Subject-based Shared Approval Plan for Consortia Purchasing of U.S. University Press Books” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 36:1-2 (Mar, 2012): 30-38.

“Consortium Level Collection Development: a Duplication Study of the OhioLINK Central Catalog” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services27:3 (Autumn, 2003): 317-326.

Tools for Small Colleges: Using Yankee Book Peddler to Facilitate Cooperative Collection Development” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 27:2 (Summer, 2003): 173-178.

“Comparing Gifts to Purchased Materials: A Usage Study” Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services 24:3 (Autumn, 2000): 351-359.

“Using Scripts to Automate Online Library Activities” The Electronic Library 14:6 (Dec. 1996): 543-548.

“Reliability of Patron Addresses in a Library’s Integrated Online System” Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply 5:4 (1995): 53-64.

“Post-Implementation Cleanup Using Microcomputer-Based Programming” Library Hi-Tech 11:4 (1993): 85-89.

Research Areas
  • Plagiarism
  • Cooperative Collection Development
Rob Kairis
Regional Campus Administration
University Libraries
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