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.