Professional Bio

  • M.L.I.S., University of Denver, 2000
  • M.A., European Women's History, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1995
  • B.A., History and Geography, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1993

Martin joined the Regis library faculty as a reference librarian in 1999 and became head of the reference department in 2009.

Martin is a nationally known expert on intellectual freedom and professional ethics for librarians. He has served as the chair of the American Library Association's Committee on Professional Ethics and Intellectual Freedom Committee, the president of the Colorado Association of Libraries, and a trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation and LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund. Martin's work as an adjunct for the University of Denver's library and information science program has been recognized with two teaching awards. His research interests include information ethics, intellectual freedom, and academic library services.

Research & Scholarship

Select publications:

Garnar, Martin. "Information Ethics." In Sandra Hirsh (Ed.), An Introduction to Today’s Information Science. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming.

Garnar, Martin and Erin McCaffrey. Generations at Work: What We Can Learn from Each Other. In Kelly Blessinger and Paul Hrycaj (Eds.), Workplace Culture in Academic Libraries: The Early 21st Century, 277-290. Oxford: Chandos, 2013.

Garnar, Martin. For the Sake of One Child: Privacy, Anonymity, and Confidentiality in Libraries. Journal of Information Ethics 21, no. 3 (2012):12-20.

Garnar, Martin. “Do They Know?”: A Gay Librarian at a Catholic University. In Tracy Nectoux (Ed.), Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians, 187-196. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2011.

Betty, Paul and Martin Garnar. One University, Two Approaches: The Regis Experience with Embedded Librarianship. In Cassandra Kvenild and Kaijsa Calkins (Eds.), Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction, 139-150. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2011.

Select presentations:

2014. Moderator, What Would You Do? Ethics in Action: Libraries and Law Enforcement. American Library Association Annual Conference, June 29, at Las Vegas, NV.

2014. With Lesley Williams. Managing Challenges, Maximizing Impact: Policies and Practices for Controversial Programming. American Library Association Annual Conference, June 28, at Las Vegas, NV.

2014. Keynote Speaker, The Importance of Access in the 21st Century Library. 45th Annual Colorado Interlibrary Loan Conference, May 1, at Colorado Springs, CO.

2013. Invited Panelist, Revisiting the Children's Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later. American Library Association Washington Office and Office for Intellectual Freedom, July 30, webinar.

2012. With Angela Maycock. Everyday Ethics: Tools for First Responders on the Library’s Front Lines. Public Library Association Conference, March 15, at Philadelphia, PA.

Subject Specialty

History, Politics, and Law


Women's and Gender Studies