I am the Head of the Learning & Outreach department for Stanford Libraries. I supervise reference, outreach and instruction services. I coordinate library marketing and outreach activities, with a focus on increasing undergraduate engagement with library resources and services. I also provide research support for students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR). Simply put, "I make the unknown, known."

Current Role at Stanford

Head of the Learning & Outreach department for Stanford Libraries.

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Relations/ Communications (1994)
  • MLIS, Dominican University, Master of Library Science (2004)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • People of Color in Technology Advisory Group, Stanford University (8/30/2019 - Present)

    IDEAL IT is a CIO Council-sponsored program that promotes and advances the Stanford Presidential IDEAL initiative within the IT Community at Stanford. IDEAL stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Community, and is a cornerstone of Stanford’s diversity initiatives. The sub-programs that make up IDEAL IT reflect our commitment to providing opportunities where individuals with diverse backgrounds can collaborate, grow, and excel across different functions and disciplines. POC-IT is one of those sub-programs or Affinity Groups. Stanford POC-IT is a university-wide program that advances representation, engagement, and support for people of color in technology roles.


    stanford, ca

All Publications

  • Linguistic Diversity in Libraries LIBRARY JOURNAL Smith, F. A. 2018; 143 (11): 17
  • Evaluating the Options for Virtual Reality in Literacy Instruction Computers in Libraries Smith, F. A. 2018
  • Artificial Intelligence & Malicious Steganography Computers in Libraries, Smith, F. A. 2018
  • Should Libraries Even Consider Hacking Back If Attacked? Computers in Libraries Smith, F. A. 2017; 37 (1): 14-16
  • The Amazing Library Titles Race LIBRARY JOURNAL Smith, F. A. 2015; 140 (15): 20
  • In Praise of Helicopter Librarians LIBRARY JOURNAL Smith, F. A. 2012; 137 (18): 42
  • Perspectives on . . . The pirate-teacher JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP Smith, F. A. 2007; 33 (2): 276–88
  • J.A.W.S. -- A Historical Perspective The Journal of Electronic Publishing Smith, F. A. 2007; 10 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.3998/3336451.0010.209

  • Games for Teaching Information Literacy Skills. Library Philosophy and Practice Smith, F. A. 2007; 9 (2)