Arnold Hirshon: "The Library Role And Value In Advancing The International Ranking Of Universities"
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External global rankings of universities have become increasingly important to research universities that are vying to recruit and retain the best faculty and students. A key component of many of these global ranking services is bibliometric data. Libraries can gain increased visibility and standing within their universities by being leaders in helping our universities understand and improve their rankings in the key rankings produced by companies, governments and other universities. What is the strategic role libraries are playing, and what more can or should libraries be doing?
Arnold Hirshon is the Vice Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University. His professional experience spans 45 years in library and technology leadership at six research universities, and service as the CEO of a non-profit organization for 10 years. Through multiple strategic plans, at Case Western Reserve University, Hirshon and his staff greatly expanded the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, introduced a Personal Librarian program and increased the visibility of the Special Collections and Archives. These and other accomplishments were recognized in 2019 by the Association of College and Research Libraries as the University recipient of the ACRL “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.”
Within the library profession, Hirshon is an author with extensive record of scholarly journal articles and books, and he is an international lecturer who has presented or consulted in over 40 countries on six continents. A highly experienced international consultant for libraries, Hirshon’s assignments included serving as an advisor for a Carnegie Foundation program for major research universities in South Africa, and the development of a new university being established in Vietnam.
Hirshon is a former employee and alum of Wayne State University, where he earned his master’s degree in Public Administration.