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Risë L. Smith

Professor / Digital Design & Access Librarian

Karl E. Mundt Library, Dakota State University
Madison, South Dakota 57042

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Contents:   Activities  |  Educational Background   |   Research and Scholarship   |   Awards   


Educational Background


Activities (primary job responsibilities)


Selected Research and Scholarship


“Enriching Subject Guides: Integrating Learning Objects into Dicipline-specific Subject Guides.” Poster session at Association of College & Research Libraries 13th National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, March 29-April 1, 2007.

Library home page redesigned July-August 2006 to meet DSU guidelines and to improve summer 2005 design. Required changes in several second level pages. The Library home page serves as a web gateway to research and the resources and services which support it.

 “Blazing Tablets: Teaching and Learning in a Paperless/Wireless Environment,” with Todd Quinn, Nancy Moose, and Maureen Murphy. Poster session on the use of the Tablet PC and WebCT in the wireless environment for teaching information literacy. EDUCAUSE ELI (Electronic Learning Initiative) conference, San Diego, CA, January 2006.

Served as editor-in-chief of a history of DSU, titled Keeping the Edge for 125 Years: Celebrating the History of Dakota State University, printed by DSU in March 2006.

 "Untethered in the Learning Commons" with Todd Quinn. Paper presented on the use of the Tablet PC and WebCT in the wireless environment for teaching information literacy. 4th Annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching & Learning, Grand Forks, ND, October 7, 2005.

Created major redesign of library homepage with input from students and library staff. This project required researching the literature of library site design, developing new knowledge (of CSS, XHTML, XML), developing mockups, and getting evaluations from library staff and students, July-August 2005.

Invited to lead discussion of major issues related to information literacy. “Information Literacy Breakout Session”, with Todd Quinn, Spring Forum of South Dakota Library Association, Brookings, SD, May 2005.

Significant Earlier Scholarship

"Chapter 25: Assessment of Student Learning in ENGL 101 Composition." In Elizabeth Fuseler Avery (Ed.). Assessing Student Learning Outcomes for Information Literacy Instruction in Academic Institutions. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2003.

Philosophical Shift: Teach the Faculty to Teach Information Literacy.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Nashville, TN, April 13, 1997.

“Dakota Images: Lucile Foster Fargo.”   South Dakota History 23,3 (1993): 280-81.

"Introduction."  Introduction to reprint edition of Prairie Chautauqua by Lucile Foster Fargo, published by the Lake Madison Chautauqua Centennial Committee with a grant from the SD Committee on the Humanities, 1991.



Librarian of the Year, 2004. Awarded by the South Dakota Library Association http://www.sdlibraryassociation.org/home/librarian.asp  


Professional Memberships and Offices Held

1982-      South Dakota Library Association [SDLA]

1997-98  President ; 1996-97 President-Elect;  1990-91 Treasurer

1980-      American Library Association [ALA]

1982-      Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL]

1991-      American Society for Information Science & Technology [ASIST]


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My Tools

Journal information:  DOAJ     |    Genamics JournalSeek



Sandbox / Testing Area



EasyBib: the bibliography maker.


WorldCat Discovery search box. added ezproxy. Test for ILL offcampus.


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