Stephen J. Smith currently serves as the Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and earned the MS degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. Stephen has managed acquisitions and cataloging operations for over twenty years, and has provided training in the organization of information to dozens of library science graduate students and library staff across the state-wide consortium. He is a member of the American Library Association and NASIG.
Stephen is responsible for the administration of the acquisition and organization of print, non-print, and tangible electronic monographic and serial materials purchased for the UIC University Library. Previous positions have also included systems administration and collection development responsibilities in the area of communications. Stephen has taught numerous cataloging and authority control workshops and training seminars as well as film history courses.
Research interests include communications, policy, and strategy; the organization of information for enhanced user access; durable and sustainable access for all formats of materials; metadata applications and standards, including authority control; workflow re-design for more effective and efficient operational processes in the digital age; and issues of scholarly communication and open access.
Stephen provides service as an editor as well as committee member on regional and national committees. He has most recently served on the American Library Association’s ALCTS/AS Policy and Planning Committee, ALCTS Organization and Bylaws Committee as the AS representative, and as chair of the ALCTS/AS Organization & Management Committee. Stephen has also organized national symposia on such topics as “Workflow Analysis, Redesign, and Implementation: Integrating the Complexities of Electronic Resources in the Digital Age,” and “Electronic Resources Management Systems.”
LITA Library Hi-Tech Award (2002). Awarded for creation of a web-based interactive distance learning tutorial entitled "IOUG Introductory Authority File Workshop." This award recognizes "outstanding achievement in communicating to educate practitioners within the library field in library and information technology."