Bobby L. Smiley

Picture of Bobby Smiley, 2013

Digital Humanities and American History Librarian


MSU Libraries

Main Library, W 441
[42.731442, -84.483404]


  • MS Information and Library Science, Pratt Institute
  • MA Religion, Yale University
  • BA History and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • History (Historiography/United States/Religious)
  • Digital Humanities
  • Pedagogy
  • Data Visualization



Editing and Research Assistance

  • (Editor) Philip Vanderhyden: People in Pain. (Waupaca County, WI: Poor Farm Press, 2014).
  • (Assistant Editor) Gretchen Bender: Tracking the Thrill. (Waupaca County, WI: Poor Farm Press, 2013).
  • (Research Assistant) Amanda Favia and Chris Alen Sula, "The Degrees of Bioethics: An Analysis of Journal Articles (1970-2010) Based on Authors' Educational Backgrounds." Representing Bioethics, 14th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics + Humanities, Washington, D.C., October 2012.
  • (Research Assistant) Kariann Akemi Yokota, Unbecoming British: How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • (Research Assistant) Kariann Akemi Yokota, "Bodies of Knowledge: The Exchange of Intellectuals and the Intellectual Exchange between Scotland and America in the post-Revolutionary Period," in Globalizing American Studies, Brian Edwards, Dilip Gaonkar (eds.) with Donald Pease. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).


  • "201 and You: History Resources in the Classroom and on the Desk," Reference Training Series, Michigan State University Libraries, October 2014.
  • "So Roberto Busa, Emile Durkheim, and Homer Simpson walk into a bar: Religion, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities," Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University, September 2014.
  • (Guest lecture) "Religion in Popular Culture and Digital Religion," REL 220: Religion in America, Michigan State University, April 2014.
  • (Panelist) "Graduate Study in Religion and Religious Studies," Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University, March 2014.
  • (Guest lecture) "Data Visualization: An Introduction," AL 340: Digital Humanities Seminar, Michigan State University, February 2014.
  • "Digital Humanities in Academic and Research Libraries: A Guide for the Perplexed," Pratt Institute Alumni Day, September, 2012.
  • "Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums," Pratt SILS Student Work Showcase, May 2012.


  • REL 291: Special Topics in Religion - Popular Culture, Religion, and Digital Humanities, Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University, Spring 2015.
  • (with Kristen Mapes) Introduction to Digital Mapping, Michigan State University, October 2014.
  • (with Devin Higgins, Brandon Locke, Kristen Mapes, Thomas G. Padilla) Getting Started with Humanities Data: Beginner Tools, Michigan State University, September 2014.
  • Introduction to Library History Resources: History 110, History 201, History 301, History 418, History 483, ISS 335, Michigan State University, Spring 2014, Fall 2014.
  • Introduction to Scalar: German 820, Michigan State University, January 2014.

Grant Funded Projects

  • (with Thomas G. Padilla, Sara D. Miller, and Hailey Mooney) "Library-Led DH Pedagogy: Modeling Paths Toward Information and Data Literacy." ACH Microgrant. July 2014.
  • (with Amy Derogatis, Isaac Weiner, and David Stowe) "The Religious Soundmap of the Global Midwest." Humanities Without Walls-Global Midwest Initiative. May 2014.


  • Area Co-Chair (Library and Information Science), HASTAC 2015, September 2014 -
  • Scholar Mentor, HASTAC, September 2014 -
  • Library Mentor, Michigan State University Libraries, August 2014 -
  • Instruction and Research Services Committee, RUSA History, July 2014 -
  • Library Steering Committee (Nominations and Elections Chair), Michigan State University Libraries, August 2014 -
  • Special Collections Conservator Search Committee (Affirmative Action Advocate), Michigan State University Libraries, March - May 2014
  • Digital Humanities Steering and Curriculum Committee, College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, January 2014 -
  • Vice-President, Student Chapter of the American Library Association, Pratt Institute, June 2012 - May 2013

Awards and Scholarships

  • Best Chat Transcript Award, Research Help Now, April 2014
  • Excellence in Academic Achievement Award for Graduating Students, Pratt Institute, May 2013
  • H.W. Wilson Academic Merit Scholarship, Pratt Institute, May 2012 - May 2013
  • Incoming Student Academic Merit Scholarship, Pratt Institute, January 2012
  • Divinity School Full-Tuition Scholarship, Yale University, September 2008 - May 2010

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