With extensive experience in reference and information technology, Professor Kenneth J. Hirsh has a reputation as an innovator, using his legal education, practice background, and technical expertise to bring new technologies to students and faculty. At the College of Law he will be responsible for leading the development of a strong, service-oriented library and technology team, as well as play a key role in the development of the school’s library of the future.
A prominent leader in two of the foremost organizations in his field, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), Hirsh has been honored by both organizations for his outstanding service and contribution. In fact, the AALL has named its distinguished service award in the area of computing services for him. A former president of the AALL’s Southeastern Chapter, he currently serves as secretary of CALI and a member of its Board of Directors.
Professor Hirsh is a graduate of the University of Miami and received his JD from the University of Florida. After practicing law in Florida for nearly 10 years, he returned to school to obtain his MS in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. He then joined the Law Library at Duke University School of Law, serving in numerous positions: Reference Librarian, Manager of Computing Services, and Director of Computing Services. He also has served as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke, teaching courses in legal research and technology.