About

I’m Kimberly Hirsh, a doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science.

I am still defining the scope of my work, but at present I’m especially interested in libraries as learning environments, connected learning, and how libraries can support youth development. My interest in those broad concepts has so far manifested itself through an interest in the specifics of library makerspaces and library gaming programs. I’ve also worked on special education training for school librarians and school librarian leadership and professional development.

I have a professional background in secondary education as a Latin teacher and school librarian, and a personal background as a dilettante in the performing arts, needlecrafts, and gaming. My own experiences as a lifelong learner, librarian and library patron, and educator led me to pursue the PhD in Library Science.

Learning is my passion and drives both my professional interests and all of my hobbies. If you’d like to know more about what I’m learning and doing outside of school, please visit my Tumblr.

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Photograph by Jackson Hall, courtesy of DSI Comedy Theater.