University of Illinois

Linda C. Smith

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Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs

PhD, Information Transfer, Syracuse

112E LIS
(217) 333-7742
-lcsmith, at

Office Hours

Spring 2014: Mondays-Fridays 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (except when in meetings)

Areas of Research

Information system design; education for library and information science; impact of new technologies on reference and information services.

Other Professional Appointments

Research Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, Engineering

Teaching this Semester

Research Projects

Mix IT Up!

Mix IT Up! Youth Advocacy Librarianship focuses on creating intentionally structured, youth­-centered, engaged learning opportunities related to information technologies. Mix IT Up! enhances youth services by developing a library and information science (LIS) specialization that dovetails with community informatics and youth service in order to focus on systematically training librarians as youth advocates. Mix IT Up! actively recruits youth advocacy fellows from traditionally...

Field Strength

Field experience has long been recognized as a critical component of Library and Information Science (LIS) education. While on-the-ground experience and anecdotal evidence about the strengths and weaknesses of field experience programs abound, the LIS field lacks the research found in complementary fields such as education and nursing that is required to identify and promote “best practices” for this important component of LIS education. Field Strength, a project to be led by the...

Completed Research Projects

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