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Brendan O'Connell

Head of Teaching, Learning & Research

Brendan OConnell

Contact & Office Hours

Young Library, YGB107



M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., Wesleyan University

Brendan is a member of the Learning, Research & Technology group, with oversight of the teaching librarians group and library liaison program. He contributes to a variety of emerging projects in the Libraries, including the KnowledgeLab, an experimental student-driven space for library futures and SmithScape, a campus study spaces and wayfinding app. He works closely with faculty to develop and present research instruction to support academic departments in the humanities, as well as courses in related disciplines, and to provide reference and research support for students and faculty in those fields. He also coordinates collection development for humanities departments, working with faculty to select and acquire new books, journals, and electronic resources to support the curriculum and research needs.

Before coming to Smith, Brendan began his career as a Library Fellow at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.


New Neilson Library Design Team, Managers Team, Libraries Teaching Team, College Classroom Committee

Research Interests

Emerging technologies, library learning spaces, design thinking, digital humanities, project management

Presentations and Publications

Duckett, Kim, Brendan O’Connell, Brittany Wofford, and MIchael Fosmire. “Transforming the Library through Design Thinking: A Crash Course for People Who Don’t (Necessarily) Think They’re Designers.” workshop at Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 22-25, 2017.

O’Connell, Brendan. “Collaborating Liberally, Creating Critically: Experimenting With Undergraduate Digital Project Assignments.” presented at Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum, Vancouver, BC, October 25-29, 2015.

Rogers, Adam; Ben Leduc-Mills, Brendan O’Connell, and Brian Huang. “Lending a Hand: Supporting the Maker Movement in Academic Libraries.” paper presented at 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA, June 15-17, 2015.

Billings, Marilyn, Charlotte Roh, Brendan O’Connell, and Will Cross. “Libraries Leading the Way on the ‘Textbook Problem.’” presented at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, November 4-6, 2014.

O'Connell, Brendan, and Dana Haven. "eBooks As a Collection and a Service: Developing a Public Library Instruction Program to Support eBook Use." Journal of Library Innovation [Online], 4:1, January 11, 2013.