Linda C. Smith

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Professor and Executive Associate Dean

PhD, Information Transfer, Syracuse

112E LIS
(217) 333-7742
lcsmith [at]

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (except when in meetings)
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

Education for library and information science, with particular attention to online pedagogy; history of information science; impact of new technologies on reference and information services.


Linda C. Smith is professor and executive associate dean in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined the faculty in 1977. She works with graduate students on-campus (MS, CAS, PhD) and, since 1997, online (MS, CAS). She teaches courses on Information Organization and Access, Reference and Information Services, and Information Sources & Services in the Sciences. She is a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Section T: Information, Computing and Communication), and a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar. She has been recognized with the Graduate College Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award (1998) and the Campus Award for Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching (2007) as well as awards from ASIS&T (Award of Merit, 2010; Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, 1987) and ALISE (Award for Service to ALISE, 2012; Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, 2008; Award for Teaching Excellence, 1999).   


Info Org and Access (IS501AO2)
Info Org and Access (IS501AO)
Encoded Archival Description (IS590X5)
Indigenous Librarianship (IS590X6)
Index & Abstract Sys & Srv (IS590X7)
Digital Asset Management (IS590X8)
Sem Lib Mngmnt: Polit Advcy (IS590X9)

Completed Research Projects

Related Topics

Education of Information Professionals, History of Information, Information Practices and Behaviors, Libraries and Librarianship, e-learning, e-science, WISE, Leep, library and information science education