My praxis centers around interpersonal connections through public service, instruction, one-on-one research assistance, and engagement with direct user groups and the wider community.

I also teach 652.02 Reference and Instruction at the Pratt School of Information. My course emphasizes the application of active learning strategies and librarian-user-centered reference practice.

Select Presentations in Librarianship


Bakaitis, Elvis, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Sheena Philogene, Allison Cabana, and Betsy Yoon. “Breaking Open: Race and Labor in Open Pedagogies at CUNY.” Outside of the Box: Redefining Ethical Innovation in the Academic Library, ACRL-NY Annual Symposium, 6 December 2019.

Howard, Sara, and Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz. “Queering Identity: Critique, Self-exploration and Social Justice.” Individual Presentations, IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives, Ohio State University, 6 August 2019.

Smith-Cruz, S. Panelist, Accessibility for All: Inclusive Design in Libraries and Academia. Pratt Institute Libraries, 10 April 2019. Invited Speaker


“Intersectionality in LGBTQ narratives.” Intersectionality: How the Definition Has Evolved and How Libraries Can Support the Conversation, Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, Charleston, NC. 7 November 2018. Slides.

Exploring Intersectionality & LGBTQ Issues w/ Primary Sources & eBooks” [National Webinar]. ACRL/Choice Webinars, Gale Cengage, 17 October 2018. Slides. Invited Speaker.


“Archival Curation at the GC Library: From Display to Collaborative Exhibition.” LACUNY Grace-Ellen McCrann Memorial Lectures, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 08 December 2017.

Use, Copyright, and Permissions in Archival Research in Gender and Sexuality.” Supporting Gender and Sexuality Studies at Academic Libraries [Webinar], ACRL/Choice Webinars, Gale Cengage, 02 October 2017. Slides. Invited Speaker


Keynote Speaker, “One Librarian, Many Communities: Access and Practice On Documenting Black Lesbians of New York City.” WITHOUT BORDERS… Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections (ALMS) 2016, London Metropolitan Archives, Bishopsgate Institute/ Queer London Research Forum, University of Westminster, London, UK, 23 June 2016. Invited Speaker

Adler, Kate, and Shawnta Smith. “Archives & Archival Objects as Pedagogical Tools for Librarian Engagement.” Critical Libraries & Pedagogies Symposium (CLAPS), University of Arizona, 25 February 2016.


“Responsibility, & Professionalism in Diversity.” Diversity and Democracy in Libraries and Archives, ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, 04 December 2015

“Information Life-cycle in LGBTQ Studies and STEM.” STEM + LGBTQ + Libraries = A Winning Combination for Students and Research, oSTEM Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 23 November 2015

Lesbian Librarianship : From Reference to Archives.” Gender, Race, & Sexuality in Library Information Science, SILSSA, Pratt Institute, 27 March 2015. Panel Audio. Invited Speaker


“Teaching & Assessing Information Literacy for Graduate Students.” From Stale to Stellar: Practical Innovations for Teaching Information Lit, @ LILAC – Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee Spring Training, 25 April 2014. Slides.


Information as Goddess : How Web 2.0, and Collective Organizational Structures Transform Information Access and the Creation of Information, Women Thinkers Panel, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, 25 October 2010. Invited Speaker

Liaison Relationships & Collection Development

Librarians who are liaisons to departments often participate in the Collection Development of books, DVDs, electronic resources, and other materials for those departments.

As LGBTQ liaison at the Graduate Center, CUNY, I had the opportunity to collect materials from a special endowment fund provided by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies to create a Queer Library Collection.

2 thoughts on “Librarianship

  1. I am a former adjunct lecturer at LaGuardia Community College. I am now retired and would like access to the CUNY Graduate Center library. I have a present LaGuardia ID. What else do I need to do?

    My research interest is in narrative medicine and creative writing for cancer patients.

    I would love to meet with you.

    Thank you.

    Connie Gemson


    • Hi Connie,
      Thank you for visiting my page!

      If you have a CUNY ID, that is what is required to enter any other CUNY library. Special permission is not required. However, the IDs do require you to be a current matriculate or staff or faculty. If you are retired, then this access may be limited to LaGuardia. Your access depends on how your ID is current, and under which grounds.

      Since one-on-one appointments are limited to the Graduate Center community, please visit the GC library website and complete the appropriate online form to describe your research needs. The Request Forms tab is at the bottom of this page:

      Whether you and I schedule a meeting, or I connect you with an appropriate librarian, we can be in communication via email.

      I hope this was helpful and I look forward to receiving your official inquiry.



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