Barbara J. Hood is the director of communications for the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. She promotes the libraries for academic, library, and general public communities at local, state, national, and international levels. She has coordinated and photographed many hundreds of library events for donors, the campus, and the local community. She has participated on several grant-awarded project teams, most notably the Institute for Museum and Library Services' National Leadership Grants project "The Panama Canal-Preserving a Legacy, Celebrating a Centennial, Leveraging an Extraordinary Human Achievement."