Deena T. Smith is passionate about libraries and community empowerment. She manages a federal law library, serving federal judges and court staff, educators, and international scholars. A library evangelist, Deena works to raise the profile of librarianship by introducing under-represented groups to the field’s myriad professional options. Deena mentors students and career-changing professionals by hosting internships, externships, and special projects. She’s served as a Discovering Librarianship field recruiter for the American Library Association (ALA) and presented papers at ALA’s Midwinter Conference, the Joint Conference for Librarians of Color, the Society of American Archivists, and the Federal Court Librarians Conference. Ms. Smith has also worked in Namibia to develop library programming and professional development with colleagues in Windhoek, Oshakati, and Gobabis.
Deena’s voluntarism focuses on literacy. Whether serving as an adult literacy tutor, hosting a family reading day, or providing new, free books to children creating their very own libraries at home, each organization she volunteers with provides hands-on services that empower youth and families, promote the value of literacy, and fosters an appreciation for reading. Deena’s achievements have been recognized by her beloved alma mater, North Carolina Central University, Thursday Network/Greater Washington Urban League, and the Junior League of Washington. Deena is a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Oxon Hill High School, holds a bachelor’s in history from North Carolina Central University and received a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland.