Abby Clobridge

Abby Clobridge, Founder of FireOak Strategies

Abby Clobridge is the founder of and consultant at FireOak Strategies, a boutique consulting firm specializing in helping organizations enhance and improve their knowledge management, information management, and information security capabilities. 

Abby has a unique background that includes over twenty years of professional experience at the intersection of knowledge management, information management and governance, technology, 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 FireOak Strategies (then Clobridge Consulting) in 2010, Abby was the Associate Director of Research and Knowledge Services at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Her main areas of focus included supporting the school's Open Access policy, building a knowledge management program, and developing a school-wide taxonomy. From 2003-2009, Abby was the head of the digital initiatives program at Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) where she oversaw the university's digital repository and metadata initiatives. 

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 have been 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. While at CNN, Abby was a member of the investigative unit, a team that won First Place, National Headliner Awards (2002) for continuing coverage on "Attack on America and Aftermath." 

Abby writes a regular column, "The Open Road," for Online Searcher. The column focuses on sharing knowledge internally and externally. She has written more than fifty articles, two book chapters, and a book, Building a Digital Repository Program with Limited Resources (2010). 

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 current member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector designed to promote knowledge sharing related to security for the country's critical infrastructure. Abby also is a Certified Salesforce Administrator and a Certified Salesforce Community Cloud Consultant.