Lisa Smith Named Director of UAMS Library

By Ben Boulden

She replaces Jan Hart who retired as library director in late 2019.

Before coming to UAMS in early January, she served in Fort Worth, Texas, for three years as executive director of National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

While there she served as the project lead and co-author for the $6.5 million NIH UG4 funding mechanism from the NIH which allows the University of North Texas Health Science Center to serve as the South Central Regional Medical Library for the National Library of Medicine. This program allows the Regional Medical Library to extend the reach of the National Library of Medicine throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico.

Before that, Smith was the associate director of the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth from 2009 to 2016.

She has a master’s degree in library science from the School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

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