Curriculum Vitae

J. Robertson McIlwain

Location: Berlin, Germany Mastodon:


  • Critical Librarianship
  • Systems
  • Governance
  • Self-hosted FOSS [1]

Work Experience

Berlin International University for Applied Sciences

2021 – present
Berlin, Germany

  • Library Director

Berlin Cosmopolitan School

2013 – 2021
Berlin, Germany

  • Librarian

  • Information Literacy & Technology Teacher

Institute for European Studies

2008 – 2011
Vancouver, Canada

  • Research Assistant to the Director

  • Web Development & Graphic Design

Tuscaloosa Public Library

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Systems Librarian

  • Reference Librarian

W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Special Collections Reference Assistant

  • Manuscripts Division Assistant

U.S. Department of State

Chișinău, Moldova

  • Political/Economic Section Intern

Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library

2003 – 2007
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Information Services Assistant

  • Government Documents Assistant

Additional Work Experience

Veodin Software GmbH

Berlin, Germany

  • Front End Developer


Master of Arts in European Studies

University of British Columbia, May 2011

Thesis: The European Union at Copenhagen: Actorness, Leadership and the International Climate Change Regime

with additional coursework at:
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Master of Library and Information Science

University of Alabama, December 2007

Bachelor of Arts

University of Alabama, May 2005

Majors: Political Science, German

with additional coursework at:
Freie Universität Berlin
Rutgers University
Universiteit van Amsterdam


McIlwain, J. Robertson. 2023. “Towards an Open Source-First Praxis in Libraries”. Information Technology and Libraries 42 (4).

Professional Development

  • 27th International Conference of Europeanists* - 2021
    Paper / Presentation:
    McIlwain, J. Robertson (2022): The EU and Library Science—Fostering Legitimacy Through Partnership: A Case Study. Conference contribution.
  • Making the PYP Happen* - 2021
  • LILG-2019 conference: Learning Information Literacy across the Globe* - 2019
  • IB DP Librarians Workshop* - 2017
  • The Role of ICT in the PYP* - 2016


  • American Library Association
  • Berlin International Schools Librarian Roundtable
  • Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e. V.
  • Council for European Studies

  1. Free and open-source software ↩︎