Abby Clobridge is the Owner of and Principal Consultant at FireOak Strategies (formerly Clobridge Consulting). Abby has a unique background that includes over fifteen years of professional experience at the intersection of information management, knowledge management, libraries, and communications. She has worked with a wide range of organizations, including United Nations agencies; colleges and universities; not-for-profit organizations; the news media; and private sector companies.
Before founding Clobridge Consulting in 2010, Abby was the Associate Director of Research and Knowledge Services at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Her main areas of focus included supporting the school’s Open Access policy and developing a school-wide taxonomy. From 2003 – 2009, Ms. Clobridge was the head of the digital repository program at Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) where she oversaw the university’s digital asset management program, digitization projects, institutional repository, Open Access initiatives, and metadata production.
Along with her former colleague, David Del Testa (Associate Professor, Department of History, Bucknell University), Abby won the 2009 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award for the development of the World War II Poster Project. Two distinct pedagogical models were developed as a result of this project; both models are being replicated at other colleges.
Earlier in her career, Abby worked as an investigative researcher and news librarian for the CNN News Library, a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation whose mission is to provide research to CNN journalists all over the world.
Abby is actively involved in the professional information & knowledge management community. Her first book, Building a Digital Repository Program with Limited Resources, was published in October of 2010 by Chandos Publishing. She has had several articles published in leading information industry publications such as Information Today. In 2008, she created and hosted the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Digital Library Conference to bring together practitioners, researchers, programmers, librarians, archivists, instructional technologists, information curators, administrators, faculty, and others interested in digital repositories.
Abby holds a B.A. (Cum Laude) in History from Tufts University and an M.S. in Library Science from Florida State University.
She is a member of the Association of International Consultants (AIC), the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), the Society for International Development (SID) — Knowledge Management and Information workgroups, the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST).
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