Immediate Past-President, Linda C. Smith
Linda C. Smith, is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1977. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; master’s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology (information and computer science) and the University of Illinois (library science); and a B.S. in mathematics and physics from Allegheny College. She has spent sabbatical leaves at Linköping University in Sweden and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, she has worked with colleagues to enhance curricular offerings in digital libraries and data curation and to build a collaborative distance education model through initiatives of the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium. She has mentored numerous doctoral students as advisor and dissertation committee member. She received the ASIS Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 1987 and has served ASIS&T in many capacities since joining in 1972: SIG officer, award jury member and chair, conference program committee member and chair, student chapter advisor, member of various standing committees, JASIS editorial board member, and ARIST bibliographic editor and advisory committee member.