Isabel Gonzalez-Smith

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Resident Librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago


Chicago, IL
My story began at the local public library when I got my very first real job. After two years at the public library, I worked at a rare books store during my undergraduate years at the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2008 to 2012, I worked at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center while earning my library degree and working with rare books, archives, and manuscripts. Today, I work at my alma mater, UIC, in a large academic research library and I love it! I am based in the Reference and Instruction department and my main responsibilities are to conduct in-person and virtual reference, teach students (mostly classes) how to do research, and promote information literacy. I also conduct my own research. My research interests include library user experience as well as diversity within the library profession. I love to travel, explore museums, and watch documentary/sci fi/martial arts films. I’m a lifelong Chicagoan with a sad addiction to hot chocolate and a weakness for Boxer puppies, photobooths, and paper goods stores.
Went to library school at University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign