Kevin L. Smith

Kevin L. Smith
  • Dean of Libraries

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Watson Library
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Watson Library


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.

Selected Publications

(2017). Open Access and the Future of Academic Libraries: Implementation (K. Smith & K. Dickson, Eds.; Vol. 10) [Books]. Rowman Littlefield.
(2016). Open Access and the Future of Academic Libraries: Policy and Infrastructure (K. Smith & K. Dickson, Eds.; Vol. 9) [Books]. Rowman Littlefield.
Smith, K. L. (2015). Figuring on Fair Use [Journal Articles]. Learned Publishing, 28(3), 225–227.
Smith, K. (2015). Preface: The Value of Telling the Future [Book Chapters]. In B. L. Eden (Ed.), Leading the 21st Century Academic Library: Vol. vii (Issue xx). Rowman Littlefield.
Smith, K. L., & Mangiafico, P. (2014). Reason, Risk and Reward: Models for Libraries and Other Stakeholders in an Evolving Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem [Journal Articles]. Cultural Anthropology, 29(2).
Smith, K. (2014). Owning and Using Scholarship: an Intellectual Property Handbook for Scholars [Books]. Association of College and Research Libraries.
Smith, K. L. (2014). The Georgia State University Copyright Lawsuit [Encyclopedia/Dictionary Entries]. In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Issue 3rd). Taylor and Francis.
Smith, K. L., & Fowler, L. (2013). Drawing the Blueprint as We Build: Setting up a Library-based Copyright & Permissions Service for MOOCs [Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.)]. In D-Lib Magazine (Vol. 19, Issues 7–8).
Smith, K. L., & Davis, S. (2013). Copyright in a Digital Age: Conflict, Risk, and Reward [Journal Articles]. The Serials Librarian, 64(1–4), 57–66.
Smith, K. L. (2013). At the Berlin 10 Conference, the key word was confidence: Highlights of the meeting [Periodicals (newsletter, magazine, etc.)]. In College and Research Library News (Vol. 74, Issue 2, pp. 74–76).
Smith, K. L. (2012). Why Open Access: the Policy Environment and Process on One University Campus [Journal Articles]. Insights: The UKSG Journal, 25(3), 246–250.
Smith, K. L. (2012). Copyright Risk Management: Principles and Strategies for Large-scale Digitization Projects in Special Collections [Journal Articles]. Research Library Issues, 279, 17–23.
Smith, K. L., Butler, B., Crews, K., & Furillo, D. (2011). White Paper: US Law and International Interlibrary Loan [Journal Articles]. Research Library Issues, 275, 15–18.
Smith, K. L. (2011). What’s at stake in the Georgia State lawsuit? [Journal Articles]. Chronicle of Higher Education. Published.
Smith, K. L. (2010). Copyright Renewal for Libraries: Seven steps toward a user-friendly law [Journal Articles]. Libraries and the Academy Portal, 10(1), 5–27.

Selected Presentations

Smith, K. (6/30/2016). 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. (6/30/2015). Copyright Update. “Lawyers New to Higher Education” workshop, annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys
Smith, K. (6/30/2015). Fair Use, E-Reserves and the Georgia State Case. For Ivies’ Plus Access Services group, Yale University
Smith, K. (5/31/2015). Copyright, Open Access and the Public Domain. Keynote presentation, University of North Texas annual open access conference
Smith, K., & Macklin, L. (6/24/2014). Educational Fair Use: What’s Next?. Presentation at annual conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Denver
Smith, K. (6/17/2014). Yours, Mine or Ours?: Intellectual Property in a Digital Age. Featured speaker at UB Tech conference, Las Vegas
Smith, K. (5/23/2014). Open Access: Latin American and North American Perspectives. Panel presentation at Latin American Studies Association annual conference
Smith, K. (4/3/2014). 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. (8/12/2013 - 8/13/2013). Copyright from the Outside In. University of Western Washington
Smith, K. (4/30/2013). Risk and Reward: Libraries at the Intersection of Copyright and Online Scholarship. Boston Library Consortium Networking Day
Smith, K. (3/31/2013). Copyright and Publishing in the Digital Humanities. Symposium on Digital Humanities held at Austin College. Sherman, TX
Smith, K. (6/30/2012). 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. (3/31/2012). 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