Joined 30th Sep 2020 Last online 4th Nov 2020
Kimberly Hirsh is a doctoral researcher at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation research uses information horizon maps and semistructured interviews to investigate the information literacy practices of cosplayers. She serves as a researcher on the Equity in the Making project, a National Science Foundation-funded project exploring how the spatial arrangements of academic makerspaces impact marginalized students’ decisions about whether and how to use them. Kimberly’s responsibilities on the EITM project include collaboratively creating qualitative research instruments such as surveys and interview guides, analyzing qualitative data, and developing a theory of the defining features of academic makerspaces.
Before beginning her doctoral program, Kimberly worked as public communications specialist and managing editor for LEARN NC, a university outreach program that shared innovative teaching techniques with K-20 educators. Her work at LEARN NC was shaped by her own experiences as a high school Latin teacher and middle school librarian.