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Jean Ferguson

Director of Learning, Research, and Technology

Jean Ferguson


Neilson Library 009G

Jean Ferguson serves Smith College Libraries as the Director of Learning, Research and Technology (LRT). She oversees the Libraries' Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) team and the Scholarly Communications Librarian, as well as the ITS Learning and Design team. As a combined Libraries and Information Technology Services unit, LRT promotes use of library collections, teaching with technology and supports the programming for the Learning Commons and Digital Media Hub in Neilson Library. LRT collaborates with academic support partners including the Jacobson Center for Writing and Learning, the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning, the Office of Disability Services and the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness in the goal to prepare students for lifelong learning.

Prior to joining Smith, Jean was the Learning and Research Communities Librarian and Project Lead for the Center for Connected Learning at the University of California, Berkeley Library and the Head of Research and Instruction Services at Duke University Libraries.


Libraries Leadership Team, ITS Leadership Team, Committee on Educational Technology, Classroom Committee, Sherrerd Center Advisory Board, Kahn Center Advisory Board, Libraries Toward Racial Justice Team, Neilson Tours Working Group, Libraries Events and Outreach Team and Teaching Team

Research & Professional Interests

User experience, learning space design, educational technology, digital scholarship, design thinking, active learning, metrics

Publications & Presentations

Ferguson, Jean, Pamela Lach, Brianna Marshall, and Rita Vine. “Bridging the Gap: Supporting Subject Liaisons to Become Ambassadors for Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries.” presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 24, 2018.

Ferguson, Jean and Owen McGrath. “Makerspace Creation through Student Led Collaboration.” presented at the Coalition for Networked Information membership meeting, San Diego, CA, April 13, 2018.

Ferguson, Jean. “From Closed Stacks to Data Visualization: the renovation of a 1970's library to incorporate digital literacy.” presented at Re-think it: Libraries for a New Age Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley, MI, August 11, 2015.


M.S., Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., Information and Communication Science, Ball State University
B.S., Political Science, Augustana College