January 27, 2022

Kevin Smith Selected as New Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas

Note from infoDOCKET Founder/Editor, Gary Price:

An excellent choice by my alma mater to lead KU Libraries.  Many of you know Kevin as the proprietor of the excellent Scholarly Communications at Duke blog and a go to person for copyright and other IP analysis and opinion.  We wish him the very best as he makes the move to Lawrence. Rock Chalk! Jayhawk! KU!

From the University of Kansas:

Kevin L. Smith, director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University, will join the University of Kansas in May as dean for KU Libraries.

Smith will succeed interim co-deans Kent Miller and Mary Roach, who assumed their roles following the departure of Dean Lorraine Haricombe. Haricombe was named vice provost and director of libraries at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.


“I’m excited Kevin Smith will join us at the end of the semester,” said Sara Rosen, interim provost and executive vice chancellor. “His multifaceted background and experience will provide new perspectives to the important and essential services KU Libraries offer the KU community and the state. I’m confident he also will continue to enhance KU Libraries’ reputation for innovation and progress.”

Smith earned a J.D. from Capital University Law School, a master’s degree in library science from Kent State University and a master of arts in religion from Yale University Divinity School. Prior to his work at Duke, Smith was the director of Library and Instructional Resources at Defiance College. Smith has also worked as an instructor, reference librarian and assistant librarian. He has an impressive list of published articles, keynote addresses and essays.


In his new role, Smith will oversee the largest library system in Kansas with 1.6 million visits per year, more than 4.4 million print volumes in seven campus facilities and 110,000 full-text journal titles online. KU Libraries also continue to be international leaders in open access, becoming the first public university institution in the United States to adopt a faculty-led open access policy.

“I want to thank the search committee, which was led by Spencer Museum of Art Director Saralyn Reece Hardy, and all those who took part in the search process for this excellent addition to the KU leadership team,” Rosen said.

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.