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Scholarly Communication 101:
Starting with the Basics


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith is the Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, a position he has held since it was created in June 2006. In that role he consults with faculty, staff, administrators and students about copyright, licensing and scholarly publishing issues.

Kevin also offers educational programs to various faculty and student groups, works on intellectual property policy for the University, and advises Duke on national legislative issues that affect scholarly communications.

Kevin began his academic career with graduate work in theology at Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago. After completing an MLS he served as a reference librarian in both theological schools and at liberal arts colleges. Before moving to Duke he was Library Director at Defiance College in northwest Ohio.

His interest in copyright, intellectual freedom and civil rights lead him to attend law school part-time starting in 2001. He received a JD degree in 2005 and was admitted to the bar in Ohio after that year. Before moving to Duke to work full-time on scholarly communications issues he greatly enjoyed teaching constitutional law to undergraduate students, and he remains an interested and critical observer of the Supreme Court around issues of religious freedom and establishment.

Kevin gives frequent presentations on copyright, licensing and authors’ rights for the Duke faculty and to national librarians’ organizations. Kevin is a faculty member in the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication and a member of ACRL's Scholarly Communication Committee.

Lee Van Orsdel

Lee Van Orsdel photograph

Lee Van Orsdel became Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan in July 2005, following six years as Dean of Libraries at Eastern Kentucky University.

Prior to that, she was Director of Libraries at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, during which time she chaired the task force that organized and obtained funding for the Alabama Virtual Library.

During the 1980’s she was Director of Account Services for the Southeast Region of EBSCO Subscription Services, and prior to that was Head of Public Services at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

For the past 15 years, Lee has co-authored Library Journal’s annual periodicals price survey and market analysis with Kathleen Born. She was a plenary session speaker on open access at the Nordic Inter-Lending Conference in Norway in 2005. She is a faculty member in the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication, a member of ACRL's Scholarly Communication Committee, and a member of the SPARC Steering Committee. Lee is a member of the 2005 class of Senior Fellows at UCLA. She earned a BA degree in history and French from Samford University, an MA in history from Florida State University, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.

Bess de Farber

Bess de Farber

Bess de Farber, a Florida native, serves as University of Florida Libraries’ grants manager, a new position in the Libraries as of October 2008. 

Prior to accepting this position, she served for three years as grants and revenue manager for the University of Arizona Libraries and Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.

She holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California, a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University, and is a certified professional facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators.

de Farber has held positions in the world of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for the past 25 years, assisting over 600 organizations. In 2001, she created CoLAB Planning® workshops that include a “speed dating” method for mobilizing and connecting community assets, mostly in Florida. To date over 1,100 participants from foundations, libraries, museums, universities, nonprofits, and governmental agencies have benefited from CoLAB workshops experiences.