ROE R. Cross Distinguished Professor

  • Martha  Hale
  • Martha Hale

  • 1996 - Martha Hale

  • When Dr. Martha Hale joined the Emporia State University School of Library and Information (SLIM) faculty in 1986, the force was with the school.

    That is because Hale was the force.

    The Roe R. Cross nomination form described her as, “A strong force in changing attitudes in the library science field, particularly regarding alternative delivery methods for library science education and developing a method for analyzing community needs.”

    Said June Lester, past president of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE), “(Hale) has been a strong and persistent force in changing attitudes in our field toward the delivery of quality library information science (LIS) education by alternative delivery methods.”

    Her vast research areas included community analysis, distance education, needs assessment, and information transfer among managers.

    She was no less of a force while at the head of an Emporia State classroom.

    Students said in the nomination form that Hale took time to help the technology-shy feel comfortable with the new medium and to challenge everyone to participate more fully in the creation of a “virtual community.”

    “For all her willingness to experiment with new pedagogy and to listen to students,” said one student, “Hale sets and demands high standards of excellence.

    “Teaching includes discovering new ideas, exchanging information, changing opinions, and so does learning,” said Hale. “So at best, teaching and learning go on at the same time by all who are in the classroom, laboratory, or field.”

    “She is a superb role model to our students in her willingness to try out new ideas and ways of teaching,” said fellow professor Fay Vowell.

    Hale was a faculty member of the SLIM at the University of Southern California before coming to ESU. She earned her BA degree in history in 1965 from the U of New Hampshire, her MLS in information studies in 1977 from Syracuse, and her Ph.D. in public administration in 1983 from USC.

    From 1986 to 1994 she served as Dean of SLIM at Emporia State and was involved in creating the school’s doctoral program.

    Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Hale in her varied career also taught in junior and senior high schools as well as in adult literacy and basic education programs. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 1965-67, an administrative analyst, full-time mother, and library consultant. Hale consulted in more than 30 libraries around the nation.

    Hale is an avid Boston Red Sox baseball fan, a golfer, and loves teaching adults to read.

    Joseph Mauro, an Emporia State graduate student said Hale had a large effect on the lives of so many of her students.

    Hale turned in her resignation as Dean in October of 1993 because she longed to write articles rather than reports, and longed to return to the classroom. She asked then President Robert Glennen to “promote me to the best job in the world, a professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State.”