Smith Libraries Welcome Rob O'Connell

As the new Director of Discovery and Access, Rob will oversee Circulation, Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan and Stacks Management.

Discovery & Access staff welcome
Rob O'Connell (right).


Rob brings a valuable blend of supervisory experience and technical skills in library software and hardware to his new role as Director of Discovery and Access. He comes to Smith most recently from the United Arab Emirates, where he was Head of Library Technical Services at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi (2010-2013) and Systems Librarian (2007-2010). His primary focus there was on strengthening and expanding digital services in libraries across the UAE. He also managed the United Arab Emirates Library Consortium (LIWA), a partnership between three federal universities, and played an integral part in the development of the first UAE national library consortium.

Prior to his work in the United Arab Emirates, Rob was Reference Librarian at Macrosys/U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. (2006-2007), and Interlibrary Loan Specialist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH (2004-2005). He received his Masters of Library and Information Science in 2005 from Clarion University, Clarion, PA, and a Bachelor of Art/Graphic Design from Elmira College, Elmira, NY, in 2002.

Please join us in welcoming Rob O'Connell to Smith!


Rob O'Connell
(413) 584-2921