Felicia Smith

Head, Learning & Outreach

I am the Head of the Learning & Outreach department for Stanford Libraries. I supervise reference, outreach and instruction services. I coordinate library marketing and outreach activities, with a focus on increasing undergraduate engagement with library resources and services. I also provide research support for students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR). 


  • MLIS, Dominican University
  • BA, Public Relations, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional activities 

Mentor, ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce 2017-2019
ABC-CLIO/Greenwood/Praeger Publisher's Editorial Advisory Board, 2013
Reference Services Review Editorial Advisory Board, 2010-2013
International Federation of Library Association (IFLA), 2008-Present
American Library Association (ALA), 2000–2015,
Hawaii Library Association (HLA), 2016

Selected Publications 

Cybrarian Extraordinaire: Compelling Information Literacy Instruction. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, February 2011.

Smith, Felicia. 2018. FORTHCOMING. Information Literacy Instruction using Virtual Reality. In Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library, ed. Ken Varnum, ALA Publication.

Smith. Felicia. 2009. Life Saving Library Outreach. In Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, edited by Carol Smallwood, ALA Publication.

Smith, Felicia. 2009. Freedom Readers in a Juvenile Correctional Facility. In Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook, edited by Carol Smallwood, ALA Publication.

Smith, Felicia. 2018. Artificial Intelligence & Steganography. Computers in Libraries, June 2018.

Smith, Felicia. 2018. Linguistic Diversity in Libraries. Library Journal, July 10, 2018.

Smith, Felicia. 2018. Evaluating the Options for Virtual Reality in Literacy Instruction, Computers in Libraries, Jan./Feb. 2018.

Smith, Felicia. 2017. Should Libraries Even Consider Hacking Back if Attacked? Computers in Libraries, Jan./Feb. 2017.

Smith. Felicia. 2015. The Amazing RaceLibrary Journal, Sept. 24, 2015.

Smith, Felicia. 2012. Helicopter Librarian: Expect the Unexpected. Library Journal, Aug. 28, 2012.

Smith, Felicia. 2007. Pirate-Teacher. Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 33, Number 2, pp. 276-288.

Smith, Felicia. 2007. Games for Teaching Information Literacy Skills. Library Philosophy and Practice, Volume 9, Number 2, April.

Smith, Felicia. 2006. Weary Helper: From Private Investigator to Librarian. LISCareer.com.

Smith, Felicia. 2007. Pursuit of Employment in the New Millennium. LISCareer.com.

Smith, Felicia. 2007. J.A.W.S. -- A Historical PerspectiveJournal of Electronic Publishing, Volume 10, Number 2, Spring.  

"Be Anyone You Want while Becoming Information Literate in Virtual Reality,” presenter, Alberta Library Conference, Jasper, Alberta, April 26-29, 2018.

"Flipped Classroom & Amazing Race Outdoor Library Workshop," presenter, Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference, Hilo, HA, November 12, 2016 

"Lovin' Libraries: Stanford Internship Program," presenter, October Conference for New England Academic Librarians, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, October 2013 

“5-Minutes of a Day in the Life of the Pirate Librarian,” California Academic and Research Libraries Conference, San Diego, CAApril 2012.
Outreach to Inmates: Kindles in Kiddie Jail," National Diversity in Libraries Conference, Princeton University, New JerseyJuly 2010. (*Note* Click images on presentation link to advance)
“A Day in the Second Life of Students of the Pirate Librarian,” LOEX-of-the-West Conference, Mount Royal UniversityJune 2010, Calgary, Alberta.
“Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye with Library Technology,” International Federation of Library Association, August 2009, Bologna, Italy.

More about me 

Before coming to Stanford, I worked at the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. Before that I worked at Medical, Business, and Public libraries. Interestingly enough, I was employed as a Certified Criminal Defense Private Investigator before becoming a librarian.

While at Stanford, I created De-Stress Fests to help students relax during Finals. These events included massages, dog therapy, art therapy (painting parties) as well as games from childhood, jigsaw puzzles and snacks of course.

I created an outdoor reference service located near a fountain. The theme for this service was "Librarians are fountains of information."

I created paid internships for first generation college students. This was available to High School students from underrepresented populations.

I created an "Amazing Library Titles Race" game for library instruction, in 2015. This was the same year that I experimented with Zombie (video game) Battles to build bonds between librarians and students.

I also piloted my "Free-Range" library instruction workshops. These were library classes held outside near trees, using mobile devices or laptops only. 

I led the creation of instructional videos featuring our "Nerd Squirrel." They are on YouTube: Primary Sources , How to use SearchWorks , How to search databases , Leapfrogging and Evaluating Sources.   

I presented at the Hawaii Library Association's Annual Conference on Flipped Classrooms and the Amazing Race.