photo of Stephanie Davis-KahlStephanie Davis-Kahl is the Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  She leads educational programs for faculty, students and staff on author rights, open access, copyright and undergraduate publishing and manages Digital Commons @ IWU (  As the Managing Faculty Co-Editor of the Undergraduate Economic Review, she works closely with students on all aspects of the publishing process.  She also provides research consultation, collection development and instruction services to four departments at IWU and is involved in faculty governance.  Her research interests include library publishing, undergraduate research, and scholarly communication programs at liberal arts colleges.  She is the co-editor of the ACRL publication, Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication. She earned her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and her MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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As Duke University’s first Director for Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  He is a librarian and an attorney (admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina) and also holds a graduate degree in religion from Yale University.  Kevin serves on Duke’s Intellectual Property Board, Digital Futures Task Force and Open Access Advisory Panel.  He is also currently the chair of the ACRL’s Scholarly Communications Committee and a member of the SPARC Steering Committee.  His highly-regarded web log on scholarly communications ( discusses copyright and publication in academia, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics.