Alice G. Smith Play

The Alice G. Smith Reading , established in 1989, is sponsored by the University of South Florida , School of Information. The reading is an annual of a scholar or author whose achievements have been instrumental in the development of librarianship or information studies. Alice Gullen Smith, Alice Gullen Smith, Alice Gullen Smith. [1] The Lecture Fund Was created with the purpose of memorializing the visionary work of Dr. Smith, Who Was central to the School’s first accreditation by the American Library Association in 1975. [2] Florida Library Association archivist,

The Reading is usually presented at the Tampa Campus of the University of South Florida, School of Information. However, the 2010 reading was held at the Florida Atlantic University Library in Boca Raton and the 25th anniversary was held at the Florida Library Association on May 7, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

The lecturers

Jane Yolen
  • 1989 Jane Yolen , author and storyteller, is the author of many books, including Owl Moon , The Devil’s Arithmetic , and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Her books and stories-have won an assortment of awards-two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award , a Caldecott , the Golden Kite Award , three Mythopoeic Awards, two Christopher Medals, was nominated for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, Among Many others. She is also the winner of the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota , and the Catholic Library’s Regina Medal .
  • 1990: Kenneth E. Dowlin was City Librarian for the City of San Francisco . Under his direction, a new, contemporary San Francisco Public Library was built.
  • 1991: Miriam Drake , Former Dean and Professor Emerita of the Georgia Tech Library .Winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award:
  • 1992 PB Mangla, Professor and Head of the Department of Library and Information Science at Delhi University .
  • 1994: Mary Somerville is a retired Director of the Miami-Dade Public Library System She oversaw the reopening of hurricane-damaged libraries after Hurricane Andrew.
  • 1996: Bernadette Storck was first director of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative , president and later archivist of the Florida Library Association .
  • 1998: Philip M. Turner served simultaneously as a Dean and the University of Alabama and the University of North Texas .
  • 1999: Isabel Schon , Spanish-speaking and Latino children expert. Author of 25 books and more than 400 research and literary articles. Her reading was published in Library services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage as “From Dona Blanca to Don Quijote.” [4]
  • 2000: Satia Marshall Orange , then Director of ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, focusing on areas as people with color, older adults, and homeless. [5]
  • 2002: Dr. Robert S. Martin was the first librarian to direct the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS.), National President of Beta Phi Mu and a Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University . His reading was titled “Libraries and the Twenty-first Century.”
  • 2003. Dr. Eugene Garfield Chemist and leader in the field of Library and Information Science. He is also a past American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS & T) President (1998-2000) and the President and Founding Editor of The Scientist .
  • 2004: Dr. Samantha K. Hastings is Director and Professor at the University of South Carolina , School of Library and Information Science. She served as president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS & T) in 2004.
  • 2005: Tom W. Sloan was Executive Director of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). Play: “Leading 21st Century Libraries.”
  • 2006: Dr. Donald O. Case , Professor University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information Studies was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Read at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa , Portugal . Dr. Needs and Behavior (2002) was awarded the “Best Book of the Year” award by the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS & T).
Ashley F. Bryan
  • 2007. Ashley Bryan : In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Alice G. Smith, author, illustrator, and storyteller Ashley Bryan was chosen to be the Smith Lecturer. He has been honored with the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2009. John M. Budd , Professor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri . Among His publications are Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science (2001), qui won the 2002 ALA / Highsmith Library Literature Award, and Self-Examination: The Present and Future of Librarianship (2008).
  • 2010. Raymond Santiago was Director of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS). He won the Librarian’s Journal of the Year Award for 2003. This lecture was held in connection with the 14th Annual USF School of Library and Information Science East Coast Graduates Reception . [6] [7]
  • 2011. CJ Roberts is President and CEO of the Tampa Bay History Center . Located in downtown Tampa, the Tampa Bay Historic Center is a non-profit educational institution offering preserving and promoting historical materials and artifacts from the greater Tampa and Hillsborough County area. The Reading, ” A Shared Mission: The Tampa Bay History Center and the USF Libraries: Florida Studies Center Partnership ,” has been uploaded to YouTube. [8]
  • 2013: Dr. Anthony Betrus Professor in the Computer Science / Organizational Leadership and Technology Department at the State University of New York (SUNY Potsdam). He has implemented a six-course, 18-credit hour concentration on Game Development as an option for Information Technology graduate students. Betrus’ research interests include the motivational qualities of games and using games for training and instructional purposes.

25th anniversary reading – Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of

  • 2014: Angie Drobnic Holan , editor of , the School of Information’s 25th anniversary lecturer. She is also the 2014 recipient of the School of Information Distinguished Alumni Award. Angie Drobnic was a member of the PolFact team, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2005 and has worked in Florida , Alabama , Louisiana , and New Mexico . She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in science from the University of South Florida, School of Information. This reading, the 25th anniversary reading, Was held at the Florida Library Association annual meeting on May 7, 2014.Introduction by Jessica Riggins of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium . [9]
  • 2015: Dr. Barbara J. Stites , Assoc. Dean at Florida Gulf Coast University . Dr. Stites has been President of the Florida Library Association . She has also been Director of both the Southwest Florida Library Network and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium . She is the 2008 recipient of the School of Information Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Stites’ reading, “Doing the Next Right Thing, Simple Lessons for a Successful Career” was presented at the Florida Library Association annual meeting. May 13, 2015.
  • 2016: Dr. Roy Balleste , Law Library Director and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University , Miami Gardens , Florida. Balleste is also an instructor for the University of South Florida and his latest publication is Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities . He spoke about the subjects of internet governance and cybersecurity at the Alice G. Smith Reading.
  • 2017: Dr. Douglas Oard, Professor, University of Maryland, School of Information. “There’s an iSchool in your future (and in your past!)” – University of South Florida iSchool: The Virtuous Cycle between Engagement and Resources.


  1. Jump up^ Smith, Alice Gullen. 1989. “Will the real bibliotherapist please stand up ?.” Journal Of Youth Services In Libraries2, 241-249.
  2. Jump up^ Bensen, Arlen, and Alicia K. Long. 2010. “Celebrating Scholarship, Knowledge, and Fellowship: The 20th Anniversary of the Alice G. Smith Lecture Series.” Florida Libraries53, no. 1: 14-15.
  3. Jump up^ Oral History of Ms. Bernadette Storck. USF SUS and the Special Collections at the USF Tampa Library (
  4. Jump up^ Immroth, Barbara Froling,Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2000.
  5. Jump up^ A last minute family issue. Ms. Orange to be present, andDr. Kathleen of Peña McCook, Distinguished Professor of the University of South Florida, gave an alternative reading: “Librarians Building Community: A Librarian at Every Table. “
  6. Jump up^ Librarian of the Year 2003: Raymond Santiago (
  7. Jump up^ Raymond Santiago, Director of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Announces Effective Retirement August 1, 2014 ( -system-raymond-santiago-announcements-retirement-effective-august-1-2014 /)
  8. Jump up^ LinkedIn (
  9. Jump up^ The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners National Reporting.

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