Following a national search, Elaine Hirsch has been named Associate Director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library. She had been serving as Interim Associate Director since 2010.
Elaine came to Lewis & Clark from Texas A&M University in 1998 as a Reference Librarian. In that position she served as liaison to the Graduate School and to several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. To strengthen the library’s ties to the Lewis & Clark student body, Elaine founded the Watzek Student Advisory Committee and established library participation in New Student Orientation. In 2007 Elaine was promoted to Library Advancement Coordinator. In that role she continued her work with the Graduate School and cultivated the library’s relationship with Institutional Advancement. She also managed a variety of library events and outreach activities including the annual Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service.
In November 2010 Elaine was appointed Interim Associate Director. In this capacity she has been responsible for budgeting, space planning, and oversight of library Public Services. As Interim Associate Director, Elaine has led planning for a shared service point, overseen space renovation projects, initiated new library marketing activities, and developed innovative collaborations with the division of Student Life.
Elaine received her Master of Library Science from Indiana University. Her professional interests include library public services, library advancement and outreach, and the historical and sociocultural development of children’s and young adult literature.