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Frances Smardo Dowd

Frances Smardo Dowd, American library science educator. Certified elementary teacher, Maryland; certified school library media specialist, Texas. Recipient Best of 1989 award Scarecrow Press, 1990; grantee National Institute Education, 1981, Texas Woman's University, 1988, 93, United States Department Education, 1993-1994.


  • Dowd, Frances Smardo was born on May 8, 1947 in Baltimore. Daughter of Frank Louis and Mary Elizabeth (Lesko) Smardo.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Towson University, Maryland, 1969. Master of Arts, University Denver, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Texas, 1978.


    • Elementary teacher Baltimore City Public Schools, 1969-1971. Children's-young people's library Dallas Public Library., 1972-1976, assistant manager, 1976-1979, early childhood services library, 1979-1981, principal investigator, 1981-1982, assistant manager, adult library, 1982-1987. Assistant professor Texas Woman's University, Denton, 1987-1991.

      Associate professor, 1991—1997. Library Richardson Information Systems Development, Dallas, since 2001. Consultant emerging literacy Hennepin County Library., Minnetonka, Minnesota, 1990.

      Keynote speaker annual conference Canada Library. Association, Ottawa, Ontario, 1990. Consultant on latchkey children 48 Hours with Dan Rather, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1989.

      Presenter numerous professional and educational meetings, organizations including Dade Public Education Fund, Miami, Florida, 1994, Title IIB Grant Institute, Graduate School Library and Information Science University Texas, Austin, 1994. Co-presenter national conference Public Library. Association, Atlanta, 1994, others.

      Proposal reviewer United States Department Education, 1992, 93.

    Major achievements

    • Certified elementary teacher, Maryland. Certified school library media specialist, Texas.


    • Author: What Research Tells Us About Storyhours and Receptive Language, 1982, Latchkey Children in the Library and Community, 1991. Contributor chapters forwards books. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member advisory board Dallas chapter American Red Cross, 1983, Child Care Partnership, Dallas, 1984. Member American Library Association (Caldecott award committee 1985), National Association for Education Young Children (grantee 1984), Texas Library. Association, Association for Childhood Education International, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Phi Museum.


    • Married Ronald Ray Dowd, January 10, 1987.
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    Born May 8, 1947
    (age 70)
    • 1969
      Towson University
    • 1972
      University Denver
    • 1978
      University North Texas
    • 1969 - 1971
      Elementary teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools
    • 1979 - 1981
      children's-young people's library Dallas Public Library
    • 1981 - 1982
      children's-young people's library Dallas Public Library
    • 1987 - 1991
      assistant, professor Texas Woman's University
      Denton, Maryland, United States
    • 1991 - 1997
      associate, professor
    • 2001
      library Richardson Information Systems Development
      Dallas, Texas, United States
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