University of Wisconsin–Madison

Catherine Arnott Smith

Professor; Discovery Fellow, Virtual Environments Group, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

(608) 890-1334

4230 Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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Catherine Arnott Smith: Associate Professor


AMLS (Library Science), University of Michigan, 1992
M.A. (American History/Administration of Archives), University of Michigan, 1992
MS (Information Science/Medical Informatics), University of Pittsburgh, 2000
PhD (Library & Information Science/Medical Informatics), University of Pittsburgh, 2002

Research Interests:

Research fields – Consumer health informatics, History of medicine (American Progressive Era)

Methods and methodologiesInterviews, focus groups; Qualitative analysis; content analysis; Propositional analysis; Knowledge representation and taxonomy development

TheoriesPersonal Health Information Management (PHIM; biomedical engineering)

Areas of interestClinical information systems, particularly consumer- and patient-facing tools such as patient portals; Consumer health vocabulary; Personal health information management by college students living with disabilities; Health information provision in public libraries, archives and other nonclinical spaces

Classes taught:

LIS 517 Digital Health

LIS 602 Information organization & search

LIS 655 Collection management

Recent Publications:

Smith, CA & Keselman, A. (2021). Consumer health informatics: Enabling digital health for everyone. Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.

Werner, N.E., Tong, M., Nathan-Roberts, D., Arnott Smith, C., Tredinnick, R., Ponto, K., Melles, M., & Hoonakker, P. (in press). A sociotechnical systems approach toward tailored design for personal health information management. Patient Experience.

Keselman, A., Smith, C.A., Leroy, G., & Kaufman, D.R. (in press). Science education as a barrier against ‘fake health news’. In Zeyer, A., & Kyburz-Graber, R. (Eds.) Science|Environment|Health – towards a new pedagogy of complex living systems Dordrecht: Springer.

Smith, C.A., Keselman, A., Wilson, A., & Midon, N. “Consumer Health Literacy, the National Library of Medicine, and the Public Library: Bridging the Gaps”. In Beth St. Jean, Gagan Jindal, Paul Jaeger, and Yuting Liao (Eds.) Roles and responsibilities of libraries in increasing consumer health literacy and reducing health disparities.  [Advances in Librarianship series]. Bingley, UK : Emerald Publishing, 2021.

Keselman A, Arnott Smith C, Murcko AC, Kaufman DR. (2019). Evaluating the quality of health information in a changing digital ecosystem. J Med Internet Res 21(2):e11129.

Smith, C.A., Coller, R.J., Dean, S.M., Sklansky, D., Hoonakker, P.L.T., Smith, W., Thurber, A.S., Ehlenfeldt, B., & Kelly, M.M. (2019). Parent perspectives on pediatric inpatient OpenNotes. [Full paper.] American Medical Informatics Association, November 17-20, Washington, DC.