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What you need to know in scholarly publishing: Open Access and Author Rights

This workshop is primarily aimed at graduate students and young scholars who are already or will soon be publishing their research, but is open to all students and faculty seeking a better understanding of the many publishing options and legal rights now


Kevin Smith

As Duke University’s first Director of the Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  Kevin began his academic career with graduate studies in theology at Yale University and the University of Chicago, and then decided to move into library work.  He holds a Masters of Library Science from Kent State University and has worked as an academic librarian in both liberal arts colleges and specialized theological libraries.  His strong interest in copyright law began in library school and he received a law degree from Capital University in 2005. Before moving to Duke in 2006, Kevin served as the Director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught Constitutional Law. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina. 

Kevin serves on Duke’s Intellectual Property Board and convenes the Open Access Advisory Panel for the University Libraries.  In addition he was the Chair of the ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee for 2012 - 2013 and is a current member of the steering committee for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and the Board of Directors of the Dryad data repository.  He has written several articles on copyright issues in higher education, and maintains a highly-regarded web log on scholarly communications ( that discusses copyright and publication in academia.   He is a frequent speaker on those topics and is the author of a forthcoming book on IP for scholars.