- Dean of Libraries
Librarianship was a mid-career change for Smith, who spent time in leadership positions in both the oil industry and information services profession until 2004. She first served as library director at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Smith was also a tenured associate professor of library services at the University of Central Missouri, where she served as the business librarian and technology initiatives librarian. She was recently the university librarian at Colorado School of Mines before joining KU Libraries.
Smith’s department was awarded the Mines Diversity, Inclusion and Access progress award for Best in Shared Responsibility in 2021 and 2022. Her current areas of research interest include international comparative librarianship and academic library applications of the New Librarianship framework.
Smith holds a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Central Missouri as well as a master’s degree in information systems and a master’s degree in library and information science, both from Drexel University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Arabic from Binghamton University.