Mikki Smith

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Advisor: 

Areas of Research: 

My areas of research include print culture for youth; teens, space, and technology; information history and culture; children's self-publishing; and the histories of libraries, reading, and text technologies.

Field Exam Area: 

Youth Services

Director of Dissertation Research: 

Alistair Black (Director of Dissertation Research); other dissertation committee members include Kate McDowell (Chair), Christine Jenkins, and Karen Sanchez-Eppler (Amherst College)

Education: 

Doctoral Student, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, (2009–present)

Master of Arts, Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 2007

Graduate Certificate in Book Studies, Center for the Book, University of Iowa, 2007

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992

Courses Taught: 

Instructor, LIS403LEA Resources and Literature for Children (online section), Fall 2012

Instructor, LIS590LR Literacy, Reading, and Readers (on-campus section), Spring 2012

Instructor, LIS403LEA Resources and Literature for Children (online section), Fall 2011

Teaching Assistant, LIS502LEB and LEC Libraries, Information and Society (on-campus sections), Summer 2011. Instructor: Dr. Leigh Estabrook

Teaching Assistant, LIS590LR Literacy, Reading, and Readers (on-campus section), Spring 2011. Instructor: Dr. Christine Jenkins

Teaching Assistant, LIS590LRL Literacy, Reading, and Readers (online section), Spring 2011. Instructor: Dr. Christine Jenkins

Teaching Assistant, LIS514A History of Children’s Literature (on-campus section), Fall 2010. Instructor: Dr. Christine Jenkins

Teaching Assistant, LIS514LE History of Children’s Literature (online section), Fall 2010. Instructor: Dr. Christine Jenkins

Selected Publications, Papers and Presentations: 

“‘Even a Boy’s Press Has ‘a Power’: Amateur Journalism and Youth Information Culture, 1867–1890.” Fellows' Talk. American Antiquarian Society. Worcester MA. September 19, 2012

“Naught But ‘Child’s Play’: The Production of Amateur Newspapers by Young People, 1867–1890.” 39th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference (ChLA): “Literary Slipstreams.” Simmons College, Boston MA. June 14-16, 2012

“‘For Minnie’s Own Sake We Decline’: Oliver Optic and the Young Women of Our Boys and Girls.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA): 43rd Annual Convention. Rochester, NY. March 15–18, 2012

“‘Bridging the Gap Between Black and White’: Recommending Inclusive Books for Children’s Library Collections, 1941–1967.” Co-presenter with Dr. Christine Jenkins at GSLIS Research Showcase 2011. April 8, 2011

“Children’s Collections and Representations of Race in Main Street Public Libraries.” Co-presenter with Dr. Christine Jenkins at Library History Seminar XII: “Libraries in the History of Print Culture.” Madison, Wisconsin. September 10-12, 2010

Honors and Awards: 

HASTAC Scholar, 2012–2013

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2012–2013

Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Spring 2012

Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2011

Jack E. Tillson Scholarship, Iowa Library Association Foundation, 2006

Related Topics

Libraries and Librarianship, Youth Literature, Culture, and Services, history, economics, and policy, online communities-master