Mr. Roberto Sarmiento

Northwestern University

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Northwestern University


Roberto A. Sarmiento is the current director of the Northwestern University Transportation Library. Previously, Roberto worked as the Director of the Panama Canal Commission Technical Resources Center, as a reference librarian for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and as a consultant to US, Panamanian and Japanese government agencies on transportation information matters.

Roberto is a SLA Fellow and the association’s 2018 President. He is active within transportation and information organizations at the local, regional and national level as mentor, speaker, chair and author. He has received several awards for his work on behalf of transportation libraries, his graduate school, the library profession and the SLA Transportation Division.

Roberto holds a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Dominican University and a BA in geology from St. Louis University.

Roberto was born and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama - the only Caribbean city on the Pacific Ocean - now living in Skokie, IL. He learned to fight the man as a child and as an adult learned that justice is not equal. He survived a revolution, 2 dictators and an invasion. Has been married for an eternity to a woman who still makes him laugh. His 3 children were dragged all over the wilds of several countries and they turned out alright. He enjoys climbing mountains and playing percussion instruments. He attempts to live his life without regrets.