Jeanette C. Smith

Grants and university relations officer at the New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces


As noted in the nomination submitted on her behalf, “Smith has given extensively to the library profession, and has now brilliantly promoted library history and librarianship through her book, "The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor," which truly is the first study of its kind.” Published in 2012 by McFarland Publishing, her monograph examines the elements of humor in librarianship between 1876 and 2000. It is described as illuminating different types of librarians – the collector, the organization person, the keeper, the change agent – and explores stereotypes attributed to the field.

Awards Won

Title Year
Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

An annual award consisting of $1,000 and a gold-framed citation, honoring an individual for contributing significantly to the general public’s recognition and appreciation of librarianship, outside the usual awareness of activities expected of a professional. These skills engender admiration for the profession as critical to the 21st Century, attract broad attention, and perhaps inspire career choices by others.

2013 - Winner(s)