Curriculum vitae


Post-Masters Coursework in Digital Archives
University of California, Los Angeles

Master of Library and Information Science
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Bachelor of Journalism, Honors
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario


Metadata Services Manager
California Institute of Technology Library Services

Responsible for institutional repository, electronic resource management, acquisitions, and cataloging operations for the library.  Apply initiative and creativity in fulfilling strategic plan to expose metadata services as a library public service. Supervise 3  librarians, 2 programmers, and 2 support specialists.  Optimize production work flows, reducing data entry and eliminate data silos. Recommend metadata standards and oversee interoperability of records between systems.  Oversee authority record creation and quality control.  Implement technology training and mentor department members. Administer training & development server.  Represent the Library on metadata-related topics at national/international meetings, serve on committees, task forces, etc. as appropriate

Digital Repository Librarian
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Provide vision and strategic planning for campus repository efforts in collaboration with all library units and campus stakeholders. Primary responsibility for implementing pilot institutional repository.  Identify pilot collections and/or project partners in keeping with project mission and goals and invite participation. Design and supervise workflow processes, operating procedures, and the technical details needed to establish and maintain the pilot project. Administer repository database software (Innovative Interfaces Symposia). Develop public and contributor interface for pilot repository.  Specify appropriate metadata and content formats for the repository based on understanding of scholarly applications, local digital architecture and prevailing standards. Maintain awareness and develop in-depth knowledge of new metadata practices, assessing and integrating the appropriate metadata schemes into library practices for digital object management.  Educate campus stakeholders about the services and rationale behind the repository. Provide information, training, and support to improve the overall knowledge of institutional repositories by library and campus faculty and staff. Market institutional management and preservation of digital assets to campus academic units and solicit contributions. Coordinate and manage institutional repository contributor groups in consultation with library subject specialists. Contribute bug-fixes and other enhancements to the system developers at Innovative based on feedback from users, submitters and library staff. Consult on university policies and legal issues related to intellectual property as it relates to the institutional repository service. Plan a full scale repository including longer term staffing and maintenance needs based on assessment of the pilot effort.

Catalog Librarian
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Provide bibliographic access and control to library resources with a special emphasis on electronic resources (original and copy cataloging).  Provide authority control using national utilities.  Evaluate emerging technologies and  make recommendations towards adoption.  Stay abreast of current cataloging standards and promote the use of best practices within the department.  Contribute to cataloging staff training and serve as a resource person for staff questions.  Perform usability testing on library web site redesign.

2001 – 2002
ADEPT Digital Library Project
ADEPT was a NSF-funded project to develop, deploy, and evaluate inquiry learning capabilities for the Alexandria Digital Library, a digital library of primary sources in geography.  Lead responsibility for liaison between UCLA and UCSB project teams.   Identified and evaluated software tools and services for integration into end-user client. Managed institutional research board compliance.   Assisted with grant development.  Designed research methodology for analyzing the ADEPT faculty user group’s software requirements.  Developed software requirement specifications based on user needs analysis.  Worked with programmers to implement and test software.  Assisted in coordinating educational evaluation efforts with project partners. Evaluated software prototypes via usability testing with end users.

Digital Library Assistant
UCLA Library

Performed TEI mark up on oral history transcript.  Investigated demonstration project to integrate transcripts with digitized audio and video from oral history interviews.

1997 – 2000
Instruction & Reference Librarian
Science and Engineering Library, University of California San Diego

Lead responsibility for developing, coordinating and implementing library outreach program.  Increased participation by undergraduates in instruction program 30% in first year, 118% in the second.  Develop and provide instruction and training for students, staff and faculty in use of library resources and information technologies. Design and write instructional guides in a variety of media.  Provide reference assistance at busy help desk.  Develop interactive web tutorials.  Materials selector for bioengineering.  Usability analyst for libraries-wide web site and California Digital Library.

1996 – 1998
Head, Library Services (part-time)
San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, CA

Managed a fast-paced technical information center as sole professional. Searched on-line and Internet databases. Filtered information and delivered relevant material to clients. Web master for library web pages. Supervised library assistant. Trained end-users in effective research methods.

Competitive Information Specialist
Northern Telecom, Magellan Networks Division, Nepean, Ontario

Responsible for information management, database structuring and maintenance, on-line searching, answering reference requests, current contents information service, document management, cataloging, circulation, and acquisitions management.. Authored department’s first Intranet site, used to facilitate retrieval of competitive information for  team members across the globe.

Selected publications

Christine L. Borgman, Laura J. Smart, Kelli A. Millwood, Jason R. Finley, Leslie Champeny, Anne J. Gilliland-Swetland, Gregory H. Leazer . Comparing Faculty Information Seeking in Teaching and Research: Implications for the Design of Digital Libraries. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 56(6) April 2005, 636-657.

Rich Gazan, Gregory Leazer, Christine Borgman, Anne Gilliland-Swetland, Laura Smart, Dan Ancona, and Rachel Michael Nilsson, Use Scenarios in the Development of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA October 20-23, 2003.

Smart, L.J.  OAIS, MPEG-21, METS and Archival ValuesThe Moving Image: The Journal of the American Society of Moving Image Archivists 2(1) Spring 2002 : 107-129

Smart, Laura.  Considering RFID. College & Research Library News (66) 1 January 2005, 13-42.

Smart, Laura.  Making sense of RFID. Library Journal netConnect (129) Fall 2004, 4-14.

Smart, Laura and Maisel, Merrry.  Women in Science. San Diego, CA: San Diego Supercomputer Center, 1997.