Ann Marie Smeraldi has focused her career in librarianship on information literacy
instruction and the needs of first year college students as they make the transition to
higher education. She joined the staff of the Michael Schwartz Library as the First Year
Experience and General Education Librarian in spring 2008. In spring 2011 she assumed an
additional role - English Subject Specialist. 

As the First Year Experience Librarian, Ann Marie provides library orientations and
information literacy classes for all sections of ASC 101: Introduction to University
Life. She also teaches a section of this introductory course and serves on the
University's Common Reading Committee. 

As the subject specialist for the English Department, Ann Marie serves the research and
instruction needs of faculty, undergraduates, and graduates. She works closely with the
First Year Writing Program faculty to design information literacy sessions that support
the learning outcomes of these foundational writing course. 

Ann Marie earned her Master of Information and Library Science from Kent State
University, Ohio in 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at
Cleveland State and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999. 


Contributions to Books

College Student for a Day: Facilitating Successful Fieldtrips to an Academic Library., nformed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High school to College Transition (2013)



Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences for First Year Students (with Claudia Lilie), 32nd Lilly International Conference on Teaching and Learning (2012)

With only 55.5% of U.S. college students graduating with a bachelor’s degree within 6 years...



Preparing High School Students for a Bright Future, OELMA Conference (2012)

Librarians have been lighting the way to college and career readiness for decades. With the...



Strategies for Teaching 21st Century Skills to Tomorrow's College Students (with Kenneth J. Burhanna, Joanna McNally, and Jennifer Schwelik), Ohio Edicational Library Media Association Conference (2011)

Today’s first year college students arrive on campus underprepared for the academic demands that await...



Letting Students Take the Lead: Active Learning in the Library Classroom, Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference (2010)

Each fall reluctant first year students are herded into the academic library for a one-shot,...



Our Transition Mission: Collaborations for College Success (with Kenneth Burhanna, Deidra Herring, Jillian Maruskin, Patricia Owen, Laura Piazza, Jennifer Schwelik, and Beth Tumbleson), Ohio Educational Library Media Assocation Annual Conference (2010)

A panel of school and academic librarians that work with students transitioning from high school...



Usability Testing: Evaluation of a College Library Website (2005)

Master's Research Project

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

The Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Library...