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Kari Smith's work and research are primarily centered around digital object life cycle issues and information management solutions for cultural and archival materials. She has over 20 years experience working as a digital archivist, electronic records manager at Universities in the United States and in other sectors. She 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.

She has been a Senior Presenter since 2008 for the Digital Management Preservation workshops directed by Dr. Nancy McGovern. She taught three semesters of the post-graduate course "Archives and Records Management" for the Information Science program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since the introduction of the Digital Archives Specialization curriculum of the Society of American Archivists she has regularly presented the "Digital Archives and Digital Libraries" and "Electronic Records Management" and "Digital Curation" courses.

Most recently, Ms. Smith started her 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 Institute Archivist.