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library science educator

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.


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, Dallas Public Library., 1976-1979;early childhood services library, Dallas Public Library., 1979-1981;principal investigator, Dallas Public Library., 1981-1982;assistant manager, adult library, Dallas Public Library., 1982-1987;assistant professor, Texas Woman's U., Denton, 1987-1991;associate professor, since 1991. Consultant emerging literacy Hennepin County Library., Minnetonka, Minnesota, since 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 conf.Pub. Library. Association, Atlanta, 1994, others. Proposal reviewer unites states department Education, 1992, 93.


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



Member of 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.

Frank Louis Smardo

Mary Elizabeth (Lesko) Smardo

Ronald Ray Dowd