What is servant leadership? What does professional service look like in the tenured faculty model of 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service?

Accepting the ASIS&T Award of Merit, one of the profession’s prestigious awards, Dr. Linda Smith answers these questions. Additionally, her service record, provides an exemplary model for all professionals, but most especially aspiring, new, and established faculty in the information sciences and GLAM professions.

In her 2010 ASIS&T Award of Merit acceptance speech, Dr. Linda Smith discusses three themes mapped to her research (Information Science as a Liberal Art), teaching (Innovation in LIS Education), and service (The Importance of Professional Service).

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Read the details of Linda’s leadership as told by leading professionals and leaders in the Festschrift edition of Library Trends: 

Professional Service

Dr. Linda Smith's professional service roles spanned four decades, reflecting involvement in a range of associations over the course of her career. Her principal roles include the following:

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Groups on Information Retrieval, Secretary 1980-1983
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section T: Information, Computing and Communication, Member-at-Large, 1985-1989; Chair-Elect, 1989; Chair, 1990; Past Chair, 1991; Member-at-Large, 1994-1998
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Secretary-Treasurer, 1988-1990; Board Member, 2003-2005; Vice President/President Elect, 2008-2009; President, 2009-2010; Past President, 2010-2011
  • Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) President-Elect, 2009-2010; President, 2010-2011; Past-President, 2011-2012
  • Beta Phi Mu President-elect, 2015-2016; President, 2016-2017; Past President, 2017-2018
  • American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, 2018-2022; Chair 2021-2022

Note: This is a selective record of professional service that is limited to external associations. This does not include the Illinois iSchool and University service – please see her CV for a full service record.