University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries will mark Open Access Week 2018 with a presentation by Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas Kevin L. Smith, an expert on open access within the scholarly community. Smith will speak to the campus community on “Leveraging your Rights for Greater Impact.”
Smith’s talk will be followed by a box lunch. RSVP here. This event is open to the public.
In the afternoon session, Smith will present "Becoming a Copyright Coach" for local librarians. This presentation is based on his book manuscript for the American Library Association.
Kevin L. 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 in 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 BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., an MA from Yale Divinity School, an MLS from Kent State University, and a JD 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.
For additional information and to register, please see the Open Access Week registration form.