MacKenzie Smith is the University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship at the University of California, Davis. A leading expert in digital libraries, Smith has developed a strategic framework to integrate digital resources and information technology with traditional library services, and created cutting edge programs in scholarly communications, data science and digital scholarship. As vice provost of digital scholarship, Smith defines and leads university-wide initiatives involving information technology, data science and informatics, data governance, knowledge management, research computing and digital publishing. Smith helped launch and continues to oversee UC Davis’ DataLab: Data Science and Informatics, supporting research in every discipline and coordinating with data technology and analytics units across the university. Smith is currently active in the University of California’s initiative to accelerate progress towards Open Access to scholarship through transformative agreements with publishers and others.
Smith has been an academic research librarian since 1985, specialising in information technology and digital knowledge management. Originally from Seattle, she spent the early years of the Internet and the Web at the libraries of Harvard University and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, leading their adoption of emerging digital technologies. At MIT, in collaboration with HP Labs, she led the development of the DSpace open source software platform for digital archives, now used by hundreds of universities world-wide and now managed by DuraSpace, a division of Lyrasis. At the University of California, she was the PI for the Pay It Forward project, a 2016 study that examined the financial viability of ‘gold’ open access to scholarly journals; she continues that work with projects to accelerate that publishing transformation.