June 1-2, 2015
University Center, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Presenter Bios

Featured Speakers

Kenneth D. Crews
Dr. Crews is an attorney, author, professor, and international copyright consultant.  For more than twenty-five years, his research, policymaking, and teaching have centered on copyright issues of importance to education and research.  He is the author of numerous books, articles, websites, and more.  His first copyright book, Copyright, Fair Use, and the Challenge for Universities, reevaluated understandings of copyright and fair use at universities; a subsequent book, Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators (Third Edition, 2012), has been widely received as an insightful source for understanding copyright law.    Professor Crews established and directed the nation's first university-based copyright office, at Indiana University, where he also held a tenured professorship in the McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.  He was later recruited to establish a similar office at Columbia University in New York City, and he currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School.  In 2014, Professor Crews returned to his home city of Los Angeles and has a law practice and consultancy based in Century City.  He studied history at Northwestern University and law at Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Crews earned M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA's School of Library and Information Science.  The World Intellectual Property Organization (a U.N. agency) commissioned him to analyze library copyright statutes from all 187 member countries, and that study is informing current discussions in Geneva regarding possible treaty language.  Kenneth Crews has been an invited speaker on college and university campuses and at conferences in 43 U.S. states and on five continents.  He has been a visiting professor in Paris, Munich, Bayreuth, and Cairo.  Professor Crews was the first recipient of the Patterson Copyright Award from the American Library Association, received the Mark T. Banner Award from the American Bar Association in 2014, and is listed in Who's Who in America.

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 new book on IP for scholars --

Break-Out Session Presenters
Eric Harbeson
Eric is the music special collections librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He holds master's degrees in music from Cleveland State University, and in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is a vocal advocate for the interests of libraries and archives information policy interests, and is a frequent speaker on the subject.  For his research on copyright and institutionally-produced sound recordings, he was the inaugural winner of the American Library Association's Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship, which honors early-to-mid-career librarians researching intellectual property and public policy issues for libraries.
Peter M. Midgley
Peter M. Midgley is the Director of the Copyright Licensing Office at Brigham Young University. Before coming to work at BYU, he practiced intellectual property law for 15 years at law firms in California and Idaho. Mr. Midgley is a registered patent attorney with a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from BYU. He presents frequently on copyright topics, especially those confronting educators and librarians, as well as other intellectual property topics, including patents and trademarks.
Tucker Taylor
Tucker Taylor is Head of Circulation and Educational Films at Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina. Having served over 20 years in access services, she is keenly interested in how copyright and licensing affect our abilities to provide access to information.  She is also a founder and co-chair of SCLA's Scholarly Communications Interest Group.
Dr. Kelly Visnak                                                                                              
Kelly Visnak holds a PhD in Library and Information Science and author of is Past President of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu (the international library and information studies honor society).  She is the Scholarly Communication Librarian with University of Wyoming Libraries where she is focused on developing digital scholarship services which include a scope of instruction and consultation services on copyright law, open access and rights management issues.  She works in teams across library departments to build local scholarship collections for their open access institutional repository.

Previously, Kelly Visnak served Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) for over a decade as Director of the Colorado MLS Distance Education Program in Denver, Colorado.  As the regional administrator, she wore several hats including academic advisor and embedded faculty member, where she supported Library and Information Science education in a dispersed community with attention to curriculum development, practicum supervision and blended learning instruction.
Andrew Wesolek
Andrew Wesolek Joined Clemson University Libraries as its first Head of Digital Scholarship in August of 2013. Previously, he served as scholarly communication librarian at Utah State University. Andrew received his master's degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2010, and a certificate of Intellectual Property Management and Leadership from the Center for Intellectual Property (UMUC) in 2013.

Andrew's primary role with the Libraries is to enhance the dissemination of the research output of the University in rapid, open, and broad ways.  In support of this, Andrew manages TigerPrints, Clemson University's Open Access institutional repository and publishing platform. He also works with faculty to help them retain their rights to their published research and explore alternative modes of publication, while serving as a resource on copyright for the University. Andrew's scholarly activities may be found here: