Irene Herold to serve as University Librarian on Manoa campus

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Michele Tom, (808) 956-9396
Executive Search Coordinator, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Posted: Aug 1, 2013

University Librarian Irene Herold
University Librarian Irene Herold

Irene Herold has been named the new University Librarian at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa effective August 1, 2013.

Herold was the former Dean of Mason Library at Keene State College in New Hampshire, and is currently an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board Director-At-Large.  She has served on ACRL/Law & Political Science Section and ACRL/College Library Section committees, as well as two editorial boards (Library Issues and College & Undergraduate Libraries Journal).  Herold’s recent national presentations have been on mentoring for leadership development, mindful leadership, leading organizational change, and return on investment using a triple bottom line approach (people, planet, profit).

While at Keene State, Herold co-authored campus grant proposals supporting the general education program; led two library renovations; increased giving to the library; cultivated alumni, donors and community groups; and participated on numerous committees.  During her tenure as Dean at Mason Library, she facilitated a revision of the library’s instruction program and incorporation of information literacy in the general education program. She oversaw implementation of print management, started a green bike lending program, minimized the electricity consumption of public workstations by using thin clients, and increased recycling stations in the library.

Herold has testified before a state house legislative committee and worked with elected and civic leaders on events celebrating special collections in Mason Library.  She was the Provost’s liaison to the Academic Technology Steering Committee, a faculty committee concerned with supporting emerging pedagogical and best instructional practices through infrastructure enhancements, educational opportunities, and peer support.  She served on the campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism, and presented on women inventors and Vision 2020, a national program on gender equality, to the Commission for the Status of Women.

Herold obtained her PhD in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at Simmons College.  She holds a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington, and earned a Master of Arts degree in history at Western Illinois University.

Said UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Education Reed Dasenbrock, “A vital and strong library is central to everything that goes on at a university, from undergraduate education to graduate education and the library.  I look forward to working with Irene Herold as we strengthen the role of the Library at Manoa in the coming years.”

Added UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, “Dr. Herold possesses an exemplary background and experience in academic leadership and in promoting and sustaining innovative programs within higher education.  She has an impressive expertise, academic and administrative experience and strong recognition and respect in the national arena. We enthusiastically welcome her leadership for our library and our university. I would also like to thank Gregg Geary for his dedicated service as interim university librarian for the past year and a half.”


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