Kimberly Hirsh wearing a manatee kigurumi

Welcome to kimberlyhirsh.com, my home on the web. I’m Kimberly Hirsh. I’m a mother and a scholar. I study information literacy and connected learning. I pursue so. many. interests.

On this website, I write and share about my experiences: as a mother, as an academic, as a person with chronic illness, as a learner, as a netizen, as a person who makes things, as a consumer.

If you want to keep up with me, you can do so by RSS.

What you’ll find here

Advice on academic writing and graduate school life. Musings on motherhood and living with chronic illness. Summaries of my research. Notes on whatever my current passion is, or on what it’s been in the past. Details about what I’m reading, watching, listening to, playing, and making. Anything you might expect to find on social media: status updates, bookmarks, photos. I haven’t really identified a unifying theme yet. Poke around in the archives and, if you like what you see, stick around or subscribe.


My key belief is that when we pursue what lights us up, we make the world a better place.

Professional Bio

Kimberly Hirsh is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science and research assistant on Project READY: Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth. She writes and speaks about connected learning, popular culture in libraries, and interest-driven library pedagogy. Her research interests include connected learning, information literacy, popular culture in libraries, and library support for adolescent development.


I have extensive teaching and speaking experience. Recent topics include connected learning and the IndieWeb and effective library services for diverse youth. Past topics have included defending against book challenges, using copyrighted works in instruction, educational technology, and librarians as leaders.