A Festschrift in Honor of Linda C. Smith

Linda Smith

Scholar | Author | Educator | Mentor | Ally

Professor Linda Smith holds a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University, MS in information and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, MS in library science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and BS in physics and mathematics from Allegheny College. Smith joined the faculty of the School of Information Sciences, the iSchool at Illinois, in 1977. She has been routinely named to the University’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent throughout her tenure and was named a University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar in 1999. Besides shaping many generations of librarians, information professionals, and scientists, Linda’s pioneering research investigated the potential of artificial intelligence for information retrieval, and her impact on education for the modern information professions is immense. Following her retirement in 2019, she returned as interim executive associate dean, a position she currently holds.

Registration and Preliminary Program Schedule

Date: Thursday Sept 28. 2023 Time: 12 noon – 2 pm Central Time

All are invited!

Free Registration: https://go.ischool.illinois.edu/LindaSmith | Browse the Library Trends Linda C. Smith Festschrift @Project Muse (subscription required): https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/49936

  • Welcome – Jaya Raju and Clara Chu, Library Trends Co-Chief Editors
  • Opening Remarks – Anita S. Coleman, Co-Chief Editor, Library Trends Linda C. Smith Festschrift special issue

1. Teaching Panel: Linda as an Educator

  • Panel Moderator: Colin Rhinesmith, Founder and Director, Digital Equity Research Center, Metropolitan New York Library Council; introduction of panelists (5 mins)
  • 1. Reflections By Lorraine Haricombe, Vice Provost and Director, UT Libraries, University of Texas, Austin.(5 mins)
  • 2. “The Teaching of Reference Must Keep Pace”: Teaching Sources and Searching in an Evolving Reference Environment By Melissa A. Wong, Adjunct Faculty, Univisity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (formerly Academic Librarian and Library Director). Paper highlights by Melissa A. Wong (5 minutes)
  • 3. Miranda’s Quest By D. W. Krummel, Professor Emeritus, iSchool, UIUC. Paper highlights by D.W. Krummel (5 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A

2. Research Panel: Linda as a Scholar

Panel Moderator: Jian Qin, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; introduction of panelists (5 mins)

  • 1. Closing the Loop: Bridging Machine Learning Research and Library Systems By Ryan Cordell, Assoc. Professor, iSchool, UIUC. Paper highlights by Ryan Cordell (5 minutes)
  • 2. Curating for Convergence: Data Stewardship for Interdisciplinary Inquiry By Carole L. Palmer and Melissa H. Cragin. Paper highlights by Carole Palmer Professor and Associate Dean, School of Information, Washington and Melissa H. Cragin, Associate  Vice President for Research Computing, Rice University (5 minutes)
  • 3. Serials Modeling By Ed Jones, Associate Director for Library Assessment and Technical Services at National University, San Diego. Paper highlights by Ed Jones (5 minutes)
  • 4. Navigating the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act in an Education and Library Environment By Tomas A. Lipinski, Professor and former Dean, School of Information Studies, University of Milwaukee. Paper highlights by Tomas A. Lipinski (5 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A

3. Service Panel: Linda as a Leader

Panel Moderator: Bharat Mehra, Professor & EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama; introduction of panelists (5 mins)

1. Reflections By Michèle Cloonan, Professor and Dean Emerita, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University  (5 minutes)

2. LIS Accreditation:  Why and What Next? By Rachel Applegate, Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs at Indiana University Purdue. Paper highlights by Rachel Applegate (5 minutes)

3. Linda C. Smith: Fifty Years of Library and Information Science Education by Design By Lynne C. Howarth and Eileen G. Abels, Former Dean of Simmons College, Boston. Paper highlights by Lynne Howarth,  Professor and Dean Emerita, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (5 minutes)

  • Concluding Comments (Linda C. Smith, ) 
  • Closing Remarks (Martha Kyrillidou, Co-Chief Editor, Library Trends Linda C. Smith Festschrift special issue)


Announcement | Photos | Videos. A special leather bound copy of the Library Trends Festschrift was presented to Emerita Professor Linda C. Smith at the 130th anniversary celebration of the iSchool, 25 Sunday 2023, American Writers Museum, Chicago.