Meet NITLE’s Consultants

Abby Clobridge

NITLE Consultant

Abby Clobridge is the managing director and lead consultant at Clobridge Consulting. Ms. Clobridge has a unique background that includes extensive work at the intersection of libraries, education, technology, and knowledge management. She has worked with a wide range of organizations, including small liberal arts colleges, research institutions, non-governmental organizations involved in international development, the news media, and not-for-profit organizations. Her experience spans from across the United States to Europe and, most recently, to Africa.

Ms. Clobridge’s recent consulting work includes a knowledge management project for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and strategy, communications, and business development work for the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). During the winter of 2010-11, Ms. Clobridge worked on-site at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris to develop and implement their new Open Access initiatives. While at UNESCO, Ms. Clobridge worked with policy makers, research funding bodies, publishers, and librarians from across the world to stimulate discussions about Open Access, encourage policy development, and identify areas for collaboration and partnerships between organizations.

Previously, Ms. Clobridge was the Associate Director of Research and Knowledge Services at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. From 2003-2009, Ms. Clobridge was the Digital Initiatives Group Leader at Bucknell University, where she developed a digital repository program. The program helped faculty, students, and staff create new digital objects; disseminated existing digital content; improved access to the university’s unique resources; and created long-term preservation plans for digital materials.

Along with her former colleague, David Del Testa (Associate Professor, Department of History, Bucknell University), Ms. Clobridge won the 2009 ACRL Instruction Section Innovative 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 are being replicated at other colleges.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Clobridge worked as a librarian and news researcher for the CNN News Library, a 24-hour, 7-day a week operation whose mission is to provide research to journalists all over the world.

Ms. Clobridge is a member of the Association of International Consultants (AIC), the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP), the American Library Association (ALA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and the Tufts University Journalism Society Steering Committee. She holds a B.A. (Cum Laude, with thesis honors) in History from Tufts University and an M.S. in Library Science from Florida State University.

Selected Presentations

  • [Invited Keynote Speaker] Open Access: Global Issues & Local Implementations. CASLIN 2011 International Seminar. Brno dam, Czech Republic. June 2011.
  • [Keynote Speaker] UNESCO’s Open Access Programme: Open Access: Global and Danish Challenges Conference, sponsored by Denmark’s National Commission to UNESCO. Copenhagen, Denmark. December 2010.
  • [Invited Speaker] Object-Based Learning to Teach Information Literacy Skills. Presentation for faculty, sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center, Michigan Technological University. Houghton, Michigan. September 2010. Co-author/ presenter: David Del Testa, Assistant Professor of History, Bucknell.
  • [Invited Workshop Facilitator] Fun with Metadata. Led a half-day, hands-on workshop introducing library staff to metadata standards and digital repository issues. Michigan Technological University. Houghton, Michigan. September 2010.
  • Cutting-Edge Library Services: A primer for (Future or Current) CIOs, CTOs, and Instructional Technologists. EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, full-day pre-conference workshop. Co-author/ presenter: Eric Hinsdale, Technology Manager, Michigan Technological University. Denver, CO. November 2009.
  • Object-Based Learning to Teaching Information Literacy Skills. Trinity University Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Faculty Workshop. Co-author/ presenter: David Del Testa, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bucknell University. San Antonio, TX. May 2009.
  • See Kyle Blog: Using Your School’s Mascot (Or Other Furry Friends) to Introduce Blogging. North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES). Co-author/ presenter: Matthew Clobridge, Sycamore Creek Elementary School. Raleigh, NC. March 2009.
  • [Invited Speaker] The World War II Poster Project: Faculty-Library-IT Collaboration for Information Literacy. EDUCAUSE 2008 Conference. Orlando, FL. October 2008.
  • The World War II Poster Project: Equipe de recherche en Technologie educative (ERT) (The Research Team for Educational Technology): “Culture inforamtionnelle et curriculum documentaire:” la naissance du projet scientifique. Lille, France. Co-author and co-presenter: David Del Tesa, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bucknell University
  • Welcoming Remarks - Opening Plenary Session. Mid-Atlantic Digital Library Conference. Lewisberg, PA. July 9, 2008.
  • Building and Managing a Successful Digital Repository in DSpace. Invited panelist. Mid-Atlantic Digital Library Conference. Lewisberg, Pa. July 9, 2008. Other Panelists: Michele Kimpton, DSpace Foundation; Holly Mercer, University of Kansas; Jeff Trimble, Youngstown State University; William Simpson, University of Delaware.
  • [Invited Speaker] Building a Collection in the Institutional Repository. NITLE DSpace User Community Meeting. Tacoma, WA. June 11, 2008.
  • Building an Institutional Repository in Two Months or Less: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. CNI Spring 2008 Task Force Meeting. April 2008. Co-authors: Daniel Mancusi, Digital Projects Technologist, and Laura Riskedahl, Metadata Librarian, Bucknell University.
  • Information Literacy: Reinforcing Student Skills Through the Creation of Two Digital Archives. NERCOMP Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 11, 20008. Session with Claudia PErry, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Queens College; Co-author: David Del Testa, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bucknell University.
  • Digital Natives, Visual Resources, and the Challenges of Copyright. NITLE Copyright & Digital Materials Symposium. Easton, PA. October 8, 2007.
  • Home-Grown Help: Digital Library Education for Staff. ASIST Annual Meeting. Austin, TX. November 3-9, 2006. Presentation as part of the Digital Library Special Interest Group Panel: “Education for Digital Librarianship: Employers’ Needs How They Can Be Addressed.” Other panelists: Youngok Choi (Catholic University), Kristine Brancolini (Indiana Unveristy), Jeffrey Pomerantz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and June Abbas, moderator (University of Buffalo).
  • Use What You Have; Digital Projects with Limited Resources. LITA Annual Meeting. Nashville, TN. October 2006. Presentation with Barbara Stockland. Lead presenter and moderator.