Lauren Smith

Digital Support Librarian


Lauren supports academic and central staff to design and deliver courses in the Distance Learning at Scale Programme. Her research and practice interests include equity and access to information and education, widening participation, and critical approaches to information literacy.


Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

PG Diploma: Researcher Development

PhD: Librarianship 

MA: Librarianship

BA(Hons): English Language and Literature

Research summary

 Issues around information, agency and equity in the fields of librarianship, scholarly communications and education.

Current research interests

Critical approaches to education and librarianship; information/news/media/digital literacy; social justice issues in library and information services, including privacy and surveillance; access, equity and inclusion in education and information

Past research interests

Supporting evidence informed practice in social care and services; political information behaviour, political participation and citizenship; the contribution of public libraries to civic and democratic engagement