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My name is Kari Smith.  Let's have a conversation and talk about how I can work with you to achieve your goals.

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My Story

My work and research are primarily centered around digital object life cycle issues and information management solutions for cultural and archival materials. I have over 20 years’ experience working with electronic records, digital archives, and with digitized cultural heritage at Universities in the United States and in other sectors. Kari enjoys coaching people at organizations who are starting digital archives / digital preservation programs and who are interested in extending their workflows using tools and techniques suitable for digital preservation or digital archival processing.  Most recently, I worked at MIT as the inaugural Digital Archivist (2011-2018) and Institute Archivist (2018-2021).

​Community projects that I have contributed to include ArchivesSpace, BitCurator Community. And for projects like Building Tomorrow, LYRASIS’ It Takes a Village, OSSArchFlow, Library Publishing Workflows.

Conferences that I have served on the Program Committees for include SAA Research Forum, IS&T Archiving conference, BitCurator User Forum,

I co-present the Rare Book School seminar Digital Sustainability with Nance McGovern and have been a Senior Presenter since 2008 for the Digital Management Preservation Workshops directed by Dr. Nancy McGovern.  I co-teach the Digital Curation DAS course for the Society of American Archivists.  At a graduate level, I've taught three semesters of the post-graduate course "Archives and Records Management" for the Information Science program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is a Tutor for the CAIS program at the University of Dundee. In spring 2023 I will teach a Digital Collections course at CUNY Queens College.

​In 2022 I started my own consulting company, Global Archivist LLC after working for 10 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute Archives and Special Collections department as the Digital Archives Program Manager and the Institute Archivist. During 2022, I have provided coaching and consulting services to a variety of organizations and I volunteer in my local Maine region with historical societies and for the Frances Perkins National Historic Landmark.


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