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

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 methodologies – Interviews, focus groups; Qualitative analysis; content analysis; Propositional analysis; Knowledge representation and taxonomy development

Theories – Personal Health Information Management (PHIM; biomedical engineering)

Areas of interest – Clinical information systems, particularly consumer- and patient-facing; 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 202 Information Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society
LIS 517 Digital Health
LIS 602 Information Organization & Search
LIS 655 Collection management

Recent Publications:

Keselman A, Smith CA, Leroy G, Kaufman DR. (final author order TBD; in press). “Science education as a barrier against ‘fake health news'”. In A. Zeyer & Kyburz-Graber, R. (Eds.), Science / environment / health: Towards a renewed pedagogy for science education (2nd ed.) Dordrecht: Springer.

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. URL: DOI: 10.2196/jmir.11129

Smith CA, Coller RJ, Dean SM, Sklansky D, Hoonakker PLT, Smith W, Thurber AS, Ehlenfeldt BD, Kelly MM. (In press). “Parent perspectives on pediatric inpatient” OpenNotes. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association, Annual Meeting, 2019, Washington, D.C.

Smith, C.A. (2017). Deconstructing the VISA: Academic accommodations and self-disclosure. Proceedings from the Document Academy: 4(2). Available at: