Education

All from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

  • PhD, Information and Library Science, Expected May 2021
  • MS, Library Science, May 2011
  • MAT, Latin, August 2004
  • BA, Classics (Latin) and Dramatic Art, May 2003

Publications

Manuscripts in Revision

  • Hirsh, K. (forthcoming) Libraries, tabletop role-playing games, and teen identity development. Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.

Web-Based Publications

Other Publications

  • “Learning to Create Inclusive & Equitable Library Services through Project READY,” with Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Casey Rawson. In Julie Stivers (Ed.), Include. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2020.
  • “Resolving the Quiet Crisis: Reading Apprenticeships in Middle and High Schools.” With Katelyn Browne and Elizabeth Koehler. School Library Monthly, 26(4), 34-36, 2011.

Awards and Honors

All at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

  • Asheim Fellowship, 2019 - 2020
  • Doctoral Merit Assistantship, 2015 - 2016
  • Dean’s Achievement Award, 2011
  • Selected Mentee, Young Adult Library Services Association Mentoring Program, 2010
  • Dean’s List, 1999 - 2003
  • National Merit Scholar, 1999 - 2003
  • Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholar, 1999 - 2003
  • North Carolina Teaching Fellow, 1999 - 2003

Grants and Fellowships

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuing Education Grant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Log Number: RE-40-16-0012-16.

Conference Activity

Invited Talks

Posters Presented

  • “Project READY.” American Library Association, with Casey Rawson, June 23, 2018.
  • “Special Education Training for Preservice School Librarians,” June 25, 2016.

Presentations Given

2019

  • “Beyond the Collection: Creating Equitable Library Services for Diverse Youth.” WorldView Workshop, with Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Casey Rawson. April 25.

2018

2017

2015

  • “Gearing Up for Book Challenges.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 24.
  • “Copyright without Fear: Understanding Copyright to Support Library Services.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 23.

2014

  • “Copyright without Fear: Understanding Copyright to Support Library Services.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 11.
  • “What’s new at LEARN NC.” North Carolina School Library Media Association Annual Conference. October 11.
  • “Every Source Tells a Story: Family History Research in the Library Media Center.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with Kendra Allen, Laura Richardson, and Kristen Ziller. October 10.
  • “Share Your Stories, Defend Your Collection: Gearing Up for Book Challenges.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 10.
  • “Using University-Supported Digital Library Collections in the K-12 Classroom.” North Carolina Central University Technology Institute for Educators. April 26.
  • “Technology Integration at Your Fingertips.” North Carolina Technology in Education Society, with Lesley Richardson and T.J. Wolfe. March 6.
  • “What’s New at LEARN NC.” East Carolina University Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit, with Lesley Richardson. February 8.

2013

  • “Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, K-5.” North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, with Kay Middleton. November 1.
  • “Boost your professional growth with LEARN NC.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with Lesley Richardson. October 5.
  • “Using Copyrighted Works: What You Can Do. North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 5.
  • “Banned Books Prevention: Defending Your Collection.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 4.
  • “The 21st Century School Library Media Program and the New Media Coordinator Evaluation.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with Lesley Richardson. October 3.
  • “Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, K-5.” Dare to Share Technology Conference, with Cristin Montalbano. June 11.
  • “Teaching the European Union with LEARN NC.” World View Seminar, with Regina Higgins. March 21.
  • “LEARN NC: Technology Integration at Your Fingertips.” North Carolina Technology in Education Society, with Lesley Richardson. March 8.

2012

  • “Be an Intellectual Freedom Fighter: Responding to Challenges @ Your School Library.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with William Cross. October 6.
  • “Informational Texts and North Carolina’s Digital Heritage with LEARN NC.” North Carolina English Teachers Association Annual Conference, with Jonathan Bartels and Laina Stapleton. September 29
  • “Teach the Election with LEARN NC!” North Carolina English Teachers Association Annual, with Jonathan Bartels and Summer Pennell. September 28.
  • “Technology Innovators as School Leaders.” North Carolina Technology in Education Society, with Emily Jack. March 4.

2010

  • “The Teacher Librarian as Instructional Leader.” North Carolina School Library Media Association, with Emily Jack. November 4.

Campus or Departmental Talks

  • “Banned Books Prevention.” The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 21, 2014.
  • “Responding to Challenges in the School Library.” The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. September 28, 2013.
  • “LEARN NC: Advancing Teaching and Learning from the Inside Out.” The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with Mike Bamford, Andy Mink, Lesley Richardson, and John Smith. February 27, 2013.

Teaching Experience

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Information Services in a Diverse Society. (Spring 2017.) Teaching Assistant.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

  • School Librarian. (2011-2012.)
  • Latin Teacher. (2004 - 2009.)

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant, School of Information and Library Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015-2016, 2019-2020
  • Research Assistant, Project READY, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016 - 2019.
  • Research Assistant, LEARN NC, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009 - 2011

Service to the Profession

  • Reviewer, Urban Review, 2016.
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Beta Phi Mu Epsilon Chapter, 2013 – 2015.
  • Secretary, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science Alumni Association Executive Board, 2013 – 2015.
  • LEARN NC Liaison, North Carolina School Library Media Association Executive Board, 2012 – 2015.

Community Involvement and Outreach

  • “Copyright without fear: Understanding copyright to support library services.” Wake County Public School System. With William Cross. November 16, 2015
  • “Envisioning the Future.” North Carolina Humanities Council Teacher Institute Panel. September 27, 2013.
  • “Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, K-5.” Pitt County Schools. August 9, 2013.
  • “Publishing with LEARN NC.” Gilder Lehrman Institute Teacher Workshop. August 6, 2013.
  • “K-12 Teaching and Learning, When and Where You Need It.” North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. With Andy Mink. February 19, 2013.

Nonacademic Work

  • Managing Editor, LEARN NC, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012 - 2015.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Library and Information Science Education
  • American Library Association
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Young Adult Library Services Association
  • Association for Library Service to Children
  • North Carolina School Library Media Association
  • North Carolina Technology in Education Society
  • Beta Phi Mu