January 19, 2022

MacKenzie Smith Selected as New Dean of Libraries at UC Davis

Congrats to MacKenzie Smith!

From the UC Davis Announcement:

MacKenzie Smith, an academic research library leader specializing in information technology and digital knowledge management, has been chosen to lead the University Library at the University of California, Davis.

She will officially assume her new post as university librarian on June 1.

Smith, who was chosen through a national search, will lead the library’s integration of digital resources and information technology to serve the academic community into the future.


“I am excited to join UC Davis at this time of unprecedented opportunity for libraries in the digital environment,” Smith said. “UC Davis is uniquely positioned to become a 21st century library that demonstrates how much more can be achieved for its students, faculty and the public of California.”

Smith, who now lives in Berkeley, has helped lead technology strategy for libraries at MIT and Harvard University. Most recently research director for MIT Libraries from 2011-2012, she led cutting-edge research projects in digital libraries and archives; Web applications for scholarly communication; and digital data curation in support of e-science.


At UC Davis, the university librarian is responsible for the leadership and administration of the UC Davis General Library. It comprises Shields Library, the Carlson Health Sciences Library, the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, all in Davis, and the Blaisdell Medical Library at the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento.

Responsibilities include oversight of library operations, leadership of a staff of more than 120, responsibility for an annual operating budget of $24.7 million, and fundraising.

Smith will succeed Randolph Siverson, an emeritus distinguished research professor of political science. He has served as acting university librarian since Dec. 1, 2010.

Smith will receive an annual base salary of $225,000.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.