Abby Clobridge is the Director of Clobridge Consulting, a Boston-based consulting firm to support organizations and individuals working at the intersection of digital scholarship and Open Access, digital pedagogy, libraries, and technology. Recent projects include working on-site at UNESCO in Paris to support their new Open Access programme and lead the UNESCO Global Open Access Portal. While at UNESCO, Abby worked with policy makers, research funding bodies, publishers, and librarians from all over the world to support Open Access initiatives.
Prior to Clobridge Consulting, Abby was the Associate Director of Research & Knowledge Services at the Kennedy School of Government where she was involved in supporting their Open Access policy and developing a school-wide taxonomy. From 2003 to March 2009, she was the head of the digital library program at Bucknell Univerrsity where she oversaw the university's digital asset management program, digitization projects, the institutional repository, and metadata production. Before joining Bucknell, she worked at CNN as an investigative researcher and news librarian.
Abby is actively involved in the professional library and information technology communities. Her first book, Building a Digital Repository Program with Limited Resources, was published in October of 2010 by Chandos Publishing. In 2008, she created and hosted the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Digital Library Conference to bring together practitioners, researchers, programmers, librarians, archivists, instructional technologists, information curators, administrators, faculty, and others interested in digital repositories. Abby and her colleague, David Del Testa (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Bucknell University) won the 2009 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award for their development of the World War II Poster Project. This project was a collaborative effort among students, faculty, librarians, archivists, and instructional technologists. Under the project team's guidance, students worked hands on with artifacts, learned information literacy and technology skills, and ultimately created a small digital collection of images of the objects they worked with.
Abby holds an M.S. in Library Science from Florida State University and a B.A. in History from Tufts University.