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Rob O'Connell

Director of Discovery and Access

Rob O'Connell

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Five College Library Annex, 125


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M.L.I.S. Clarion University

B.A., Art/Graphic Design, Elmira College

Rob O'Connell is the Director of Discovery and Access for Smith College Libraries, overseeing the Acquisitions, Cataloging, Electronic Resources, Preparation and Stacks, Interlibrary Loan, and Circulation departments. Rob manages the overall operation of the libraries discovery layer, OPAC, and metadata tools as well as the libraries material budget.

Rob has spent a number of years working in the United Arab Emirates as a technical services librarian and has a love of Arab culture and cuisine. When not working at the library, Rob spends his time with his wife and two kids and playing pick-up basketball.


Libraries Collection Development Working Group, Smith Technology Access Committee, Five College Discovery Committee

Research Interests

Library Management Systems, APIs, Linked Data, Content Discovery and Access

Publications & Presentations

Polowy, Barbara, and Rob O’Connell. “Beyond the Bento - A New Discovery Experience for Smith College.” presented at the New England Technical Services Conference, College of the Holy Cross, May 12, 2017,

O’Connell, Rob. “Browsing Your Collection Using X and Restful Servers.” presented at the New England Code4Lib, Dartmouth College, December 4, 2015,

Johnston, Nicole, Alicia Salaz, and Rob O’Connell. “Determining Usability of VuFind for Users in the United Arab Emirates.” The Code4Lib Journal, no. 19 (January 2013),