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UIC Library Faculty Profile: Isabel Gonzalez-Smith: About Isabel

Undergraduate Experience Librarian

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith
Contact:
igonza9@uic.edu

Research Interests

My research interests include

  • library user experience
  • diversity within the library profession
  • undergraduate success

I am currently coding the results of a qualitative research project on the intersection of racial, ethnic, and professional identities of academic librarians of color. My colleagues and I recently published a book chapter entitled "Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color" which can be found in the recently published book The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work.

Biography

A proud UIC alumna, I worked at a public library and a rare bookstore during my undergrad years at UIC. From 2008 to 2012, I worked at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center while earning my degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (LEEP). My specialties are undergraduate programs, reference and instruction, research, stacks management, archival processing, donor relations, and supervisory skills. 

I am an Illinois State Library Training Grant 2009 recipient and participated in the University of Chicago Library Leadership Development Program 2011-2012 as well as the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians 2012. In 2014, I was awarded an ARL Library Assessment Conference Travel Grant.

I am a co-founder of LibraryUX Chicago and a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader.