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Director of Learning, Research, and Technology
Contact & Office Hours
Young Library YGB104
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
Jean Ferguson serves Smith College Libraries as the Director of Learning, Research and Technology (LRT). She oversees three teams: Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR), Learning and Design, and the Spatial Analysis Lab. As a combined Libraries and Information Technology Services unit, LRT promotes use of library collections, teaching with technology, research services, and emerging uses of technologies. They develop library learning spaces to serve changing work and curricular practices and contribute to an integrated campus-wide planning for digital and physical learning environments. LRT collaborates with academic support partners including the centers for writing, quantitative learning, work & life, disability services, 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 and the Head of Research and Instruction Services at Duke University. She lives with her family and two English Cocker Spaniels in Northampton, MA.
Assessment and User Experience Team, Teaching Team, and Public Services Team
User experience, learning space design, educational technology, digital scholarship, design thinking, active learning
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. https://bit.ly/2USKW7M
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. https://bit.ly/2XZNGlP
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. https://bit.ly/2XYDJFo