Richard P. Smiraglia


School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumni Award (1996)
Indiana University Bloomington
M.L.S. 1974


Richard P. Smiraglia is a librarian and information scientist, well-known in the field of knowledge organization. Smiraglia is the editor-in-chief of the journal Knowledge Organization and a cataloging theorist perhaps best known for his work concerning two concepts pertaining to bibliographic control, information retrieval, and knowledge organization by defining " work" in an empirical and semiotic manner and "instantation".

Smiraglia, a former flautist who holds a B.A. in music from Lewis & Clark College, is also known for his work in music librarianship. He graduated from Indiana University in 1974 with a master's in library science, and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago's Graduate Library School in 1992. He is an Episcopalian priest, having earned a M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Currently, he is a visiting professor and a member of the Information Organization Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previously, Smiraglia taught at Long Island University (1993-2009), Columbia University (1987-1993), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1974-1986).