Linda Smith


 Linda Smith

A native of Jacksonville, Linda Smith says it seemed less like chance and more like fate that she came to work at the University of North Florida.

 

"I was finishing my master s degree at UNC at Chapel Hill, having decided that I wanted to work in a university library, when I heard that there was going to be a brand new university in my hometown. I couldn t wait to apply and when I left Chapel Hill on Friday in May 1972. I started in my new position on Monday in Jacksonville," she says.

 

Smith was originally hired as a cataloger and assistant university librarian. In 1974, she was promoted to associate university librarian and also held the title of head of the cataloging department, starting in 1975. In 1983 she was promoted to university librarian.

 

From a professional standpoint, Smith says the most significant change has been the move from a card-based catalog to a computer-based catalog. "The introduction of LUIS, the Library's on-line catalog, continues to have an enormous impact on everything I accomplish in the Library." However, Smith says, "upon reflection I think the most powerful memories are of the people. I have the good fortune to work with very memorable people -- people who give me the freedom to work hard and enjoy every day. And that's what I remember: the cumulative challenges of every day and the excitement of figuring out how to overcome the latest obstacle in the path of progress."