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Kevin L. Smith

University Libraries - University Libraries
Dean of Libraries
Primary office:
Watson Library
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Kevin Smith became the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas in May 2016, after 10 years as Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries. As both a librarian and a lawyer specializing in intellectual property issues, Smith's role at Duke was to advise faculty, staff, and students about the impact of copyright, licensing, and the changing nature of scholarly publishing on higher education. Prior to that, Smith was director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught constitutional law. His teaching experience is various, having taught courses in theology, law, and library science. Smith is the author of numerous articles on the impact of copyright law and the internet on scholarly research as well as libraries' role in the academy. He has been a highly regarded blogger on these issues for many years, and in 2013 published Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers with the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Smith holds a B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., an M.A. from Yale Divinity School, an M.L.S. from Kent State University, and a J.D. from Capital University. He did doctoral work in theology and literature at the University of Chicago.

Smith has been admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.


J.D., Certificate in Labor and Employment Law, Capital University Law School

M.S., Master of Library Science, Kent State University

Course work for Ph.D., Religion and Literature (ABD), University of Chicago

M.A., Religion, Yale University Divinity School

B.A., Philosophy and English, Hamilton College

Selected Publications

Smith, K. & Dickson, K. (Eds.). (2017). Creating the 21st Century Academic Library. Open Access and the Future of Academic Libraries: Implementation (K. Smith & K. Dickson, Eds., Vol. 10). Rowman Littlefield.

Smith, K. & Dickson, K. (Eds.). (2016). Creating the 21st Century Academic Library. Open Access and the Future of Academic Libraries: Policy and Infrastructure (K. Smith & K. Dickson, Eds., Vol. 9). Rowman Littlefield.

Smith, K. L. (2015). Figuring on Fair Use. Learned Publishing, 28(3), 225-227.

Smith, K. (2015). Preface: The Value of Telling the Future. In B. Lee Eden (Ed.), Leading the 21st Century Academic Library(xxth ed.) (Vol. vii). Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield.

Smith, K. (2014). Owning and Using Scholarship: an Intellectual Property Handbook for Scholars, Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Smith, K. L., & Mangiafico, P. (2014). Reason, Risk and Reward: Models for Libraries and Other Stakeholders in an Evolving Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem. Cultural Anthropology, 29(2).

Smith, K. L. (2014). The Georgia State University Copyright Lawsuit. In . (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science(3rdrd ed.). Taylor and Francis.

Smith, K. L. (2013). At the Berlin 10 Conference, the key word was confidence: Highlights of the meeting. College and Research Library News, 74(2), 74-76.

Smith, K. L., & Davis, S. (2013). Copyright in a Digital Age: Conflict, Risk, and Reward. The Serials Librarian, 64(1-4), 57-66.

Smith, K. L., & Fowler, L. (2013). Drawing the Blueprint as We Build: Setting up a Library-based Copyright & Permissions Service for MOOCs. D-Lib Magazine, 19(7-8).

Smith, K. L. (2012). Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections. Research Library Issues, 279, 17-23.

Smith, K. L. (2012). Why Open Access: the Policy Environment and Process on One University Campus. Insights: the UKSG Journal, 25(3), 246-250.

Smith, K. L. (2011). What’s at stake in the Georgia State lawsuit? Chronicle of Higher Education.

Smith, K. L., Butler, B. Crews, K. & Furillo, D. (2011). White Paper: US Law and International Interlibrary Loan. Research Library Issues, 275, 15-18.

Smith, K. L. (2010). Copyright Renewal for Libraries: Seven steps toward a user-friendly law. Libraries and the Academy portal, 10(1), 5-27.

Selected Presentations

Smith, K. . (06/30/2016). Keynote presentation Past and Present of Copyright Law. Kraemer Copyright Conference, University of Colorado. Colorado Springs

Smith, K. . (11/30/2015). Does Copyright Still Matter for Academic Authors? Scholarly Communications Colloquium, American University. Washington, DC

Smith, K. . (11/30/2015). Legal Issues for Librarians. Charleston Conference.

Smith, K. & Bernard, J. . (06/30/2015). Copyright Update. “Lawyers New to Higher Education” workshop, annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Smith, K. . (06/30/2015). Fair Use, E-Reserves and the Georgia State Case. For Ivies’ Plus Access Services group, Yale University.

Smith, K. . (05/31/2015). Copyright, Open Access and the Public Domain. Keynote presentation, University of North Texas annual open access conference.

Smith, K. & Macklin, L. . (06/24/2014). Educational Fair Use: What’s Next? Presentation at annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Denver.

Smith, K. . (06/17/2014). Yours, Mine or Ours?: Intellectual Property in a Digital Age. Featured speaker at UB Tech conference, Las Vegas.

Smith, K. . (05/23/2014). Open Access: Latin American and North American Perspectives. Panel presentation at Latin American Studies Association annual conference.

Smith, K. . (04/03/2014). What is the Role of Copyright in Academia? Opening address for symposium at Drexel University.

Smith, K. . (11/11/2013). What a Difference a MOOC Makes: Copyright Management and Library Services. Electronic Information for Libraries, General Assembly, Istanbul.

Smith, K. . (10/24/2013). Copyright from the Outside In. University of Rochester.

Smith, K. . (08/12/2013 - 08/13/2013). Copyright from the Outside In. University of Western Washington.

Smith, K. . (04/30/2013). Risk and Reward: Libraries at the Intersection of Copyright and Online Scholarship. Boston Library Consortium Networking Day.

Smith, K. . (03/31/2013). Copyright and Publishing in the Digital Humanities. Symposium on Digital Humanities held at Austin College. Sherman, TX

Smith, K. . (06/30/2012). Copyright in a Digital Age: Conflict, Risk and Reward. “Vision” speaker at the annual conference of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)

Smith, K. . (03/31/2012). The Heart of the Deal: The Promise of Google, the Reality of Copyright. University of Georgia

Smith, K. . (11/30/2011). Why is Access to Old Books Suddenly So Controversial? Panel at Georgetown University Library


Smith, K. . (10/31/2011). Legal Issues for Open Access. Berlin 8 Conference on Open Access. Beijing, China

Smith, K. . (10/31/2011). Schopenhauer to Schwarzenegger: the Impact of Copyright on Art and Scholarship in the Digital Age. Couper/Phi Beta Kappa Library Lecture, Hamilton College


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