Hi there! I’m Kimberly.

Headshot of Kimberly Hirsh, a white woman with long dark hair, glasses, and a green shirt.I’m a researcher, writer, and internet librarian, studying digital youth, connected learning, and information literacy.

I’m currently a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, working on my dissertation about how cosplayers find, evaluate, use, and share information and collaborating with Dr. Maggie Melo to study academic makerspaces.

I collaborated with my advisor, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, colleague, Casey Rawson, and over 30 other professionals and scholars to develop Project READY, an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded professional development curriculum for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

I’ve been a high school Latin teacher, middle school librarian, and public communications specialist for LEARN NC, an outreach program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. I developed a custom metadata schema for the National Humanities Center‘s  educational digital assets.

I’ve performed and produced theater and improv comedy for 25 years, though I’ve been on hiatus since my son was born in October 2016. I’ve been tinkering with websites for almost as long.

I can’t stop talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

To get to know me better, check out my About page or learn about my Work.