Title: Associate Provost & University Librarian
Arnold Hirshon has been the Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University since August 2012. His previous positions included service for ten years as Executive Director of NELINET (a library consortium) where he launched many new programs, including consulting services, digital services, and open source software support and hosting. After NELINET merged with LYRASIS in late 2009, he became Chief Strategist and Executive Consultant.
Prior to NELINET and LYRASIS, Hirshon served as Vice Provost for Information Resources (Chief Information Officer) at Lehigh University, where he was responsible for university computing and libraries. He also was University Librarian at Wright State University (chief administrator for both the academic and medical libraries), Associate Director of Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University, and served in library administrative posts at Duke University and Wayne State University.
Hirshon is a Past President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Among his many other service assignments, he was a member of the Executive Committee of Counter, and the Vice-Chair of the OhioLINK Library Advisory Committee. He recently was named as a member of the Management Board of EIFL.NET, an international association of library consortia in fifty developing countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia.
A highly experienced international consultant on issues of organizational, strategic and business planning, facility redesign, operations management and assessment, and technology integration. Hirshon currently was the chief advisor for a Carnegie Foundation-funded project to develop new ways to employ technology to advance faculty research at major research universities of South Africa. In addition, Hirshon served as a consultant for EIFL.NET. Within the United States, his clients included many major academic insttutions
Hirshon has an extensive scholarly record that includes many monographs, including the Library Strategic Planning Toolkit (co-author: Stephen Spohn), and Outsourcing Library Technical Services (co-author: Barbara Winters). He is also the author of numerous articles about strategic management, organizational design, technology, leadership, information service integration, assessment and optimization of operations, and non-profit management.
A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, Hirshon has given lectures in nearly forty countries on six continents on a wide range of topics, including organizational management, trend spotting and analysis, technology planning, and operations assessment and optimization.
The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.
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