Carol E. Smith

University Librarian

Carol_SmithCarol is a forward-thinking librarian who is a dedicated adherent to and practitioner of Dr. R. David Lankes’ model of New Librarianship. This new disciplinary framework reconceptualizes the mission of libraries as “improving society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities” and is the innovative and inspirational lens through which she approaches all aspects of library leadership.

Librarianship was a midcareer change for Carol, following several successful and varied positions of leadership in both the oil industry and information services profession. Prior to Mines, Carol served as Library Director at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO (2013-2016). At the University of Central Missouri (2006-2013), she was a tenured Associate Professor of Library Services, serving as both a Business Librarian (2006-2010) and Technology Initiatives Librarian (2010-2013).


Library Room #307 (303) 273-3696 OCRID id: 0000-0003-2300-5392 Contact for: Administration Department Contact for: Economics and Business


  • Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Systems; University of Central Missouri
  • M.S., Information Systems; Drexel University
  • M.S., Library and Information Science; Drexel University
  • B.A., Economics and Arabic; Binghamton University

Selected Publications

  • Smith, C. E. (2021). Souping up your scholarly communications initiatives: The power of colocation. In B. Buljung & E. Bongiovanni (Eds.) The Scholarly Communications Cookbook. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Smith, C. E. (2019). New Librarianship in action: Applying the framework to foster innovation in academic research libraries. Proceedings of the VIII International Conference on Emerging Global Trends in Academic Research Libraries (ICEGTULD).
  • Fife, D. and Smith, C.E. (2019). Finding your role in the university. In A. Clay Powers, M. Garner, & D. Fife (Eds.). A Starter’s Guide for Academic Library Leaders: Advice in Conversation (pp.144-154). Chicago: ALA Editions.
  • Smith, C. E. (2012). Checking in: Understanding active users of geosocial tagging services. Proceedings of the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 48.
  • Smith, C. E. (2011). Geospatial encountering: Opportunistic information discovery in web-based GIS environments. Proceedings of the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 47.
  • Smith, C. E., & Burns, C. S. (2011). The First International Workshop on Opportunistic Discovery of Information. Workshop report. Information Research, 16(3). Retrieved
  • Smith, C. (2010). Moving beyond one-shot library instruction, one college at a time. Academic BRASS Newsletter, 5(1). A publication of ALA RUSA Business Reference and Services Section.
  • Davis, M., and Smith, C. (2009). Virtually embedded: bibliographic instruction within Second Life. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 3(3/4), 120-137.
  • Smith, C. (2006). Multiple cultures, multiple intelligences: applying cognitive theory to usability of digital libraries. Libri International Journal of Information Services and Science, 56(4), 227-238.

Professional Activities

  • President, Colorado Association of Libraries (2018)
  • President, Colorado Academic Library Association (2016)
  • President, Missouri Library Association (2013)