Irene Herold is the 2016-2017 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She is the university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to this, Herold served as dean of the library at Keene State College (2001-2013), director of the library at Daniel Webster College (1998-2000), and public services librarian at Monmouth College (1992-1998).
She has been a member of ACRL for 24 years, beginning in 1991. During her membership with ACRL, she has served as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors (2011-2015), the ACRL Communities of Practice Implementation Task Force (2011-2013), the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (2013-2015), and the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee (2009 and 2011). She has served as Board Liaison to the ACRL Membership Committee (2011-2013), the Distance Learning Section (2011-2015), the Literatures in English Section (2013-2015), and the Women and Gender Studies Section (2013-2015). She has also served roles in ACRL sections, including the ACRL College Libraries Section (Program Chair 2004-2006, Vice Chair/Chair/Past Chair, 2007-2011), the ACRL College Libraries Section’s Library Directors’ Discussion Group (Co-convener, 2004-2007), and the ACRL Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange Award Committee (2005-2007 and 2010-2011), and Program Committee (2003-2005).
Herold holds a B.A. in English and M.L.S. from the University of Washington, M.A. in history from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions from Simmons College.
Pictured left to right: Jenna Barry, Hope Houston, Patricia McPherson, Celia Rabinowitz
Assessment in Action team members discussed their experiences with the program, including the project process, challenges faced, action research methodology, benefits and challenges of collaboration, maintaining momentum upon the completion of a project, and on-going support for library research projects.