Kenneth J. Hirsh, 1953 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2019

Significant AALL Service

Kenneth Hirsh

  • Chair, Computing Services SIS, 1998–99
  • Chair, Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee, 2004–05
  • President, Southeastern Chapter of AALL, 2007–08
  • AALL Executive Board: 2013–16

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Service Award, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, 2000
  • Computing Services SIS Distinguished Service Award, 2004 [inaugural award, later renamed in his honor]
  • Named to FastCase 50 List [“honors the law’s smartest most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders”], 2013
  • Service to SEAALL Award, 2015
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2019
  • AALL Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2019

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Connecting to the World: Putting Your Library’s LAN on the Internet,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 13, no. 3 (1994): 5–17.
  • “Law School Education in the 21st Century: Adding Information Technology Instruction to the Curriculum,” William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 12 (2004): 873–85 (with Wayne Miller).
  • “A Day in Your Life with AALLNET 2.0,” AALL Spectrum 13 (July 2009): 4 [Member’s Briefing insert]
  • “Like Mark Twain: The Death of Academic Law Libraries Is an Exaggeration, Law Library Journal 106 (2014): 521–29.
  • “Take Charge! Tips for Running Meetings Smoothly,” AALL Spectrum 20 (November/December 2015): 28–31.
  • “Let’s Teach Our Students Legal Technology . . . But What Should We Include?” AALL Spectrum 23 (September/October 2018): 23–28 (with Randy J. Diamond, Darin Fox, Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, and Michael Robak).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Kenneth J. Hirsh, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick Kehoe, September 27, 2016, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
  • “Leader Profile: Risk Taker, Jeopardy! Player,” AALL Spectrum 23 (January/February 2019): 24–27.
  • Elaine Knecht, “Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement: James S. Heller, Kenneth J. Hirsh, Jacquelyn J. Jurkins & Darcy Kirk Recognized for Service to the Profession,” AALL Spectrum 23 (July/August 2018): 38–41.

Professional Positions

  • Reference Librarian, Duke University School of Law Library, 1989–94
  • Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law Library, 1989–2009
  • Manager of Computing Services, Duke University School of Law Library, 1993–2001
  • Director of Computing Services, Duke University School of Law Library, 2001–08
  • Director of the Law Library and Professor of Practice, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2009–19 [also Director of Information Technology, 2009–16]


  • A.B., University of Miami, 1974
  • J.D., University of Florida, 1977
  • M.S.L.S., Florida State University, 1989

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the practice of law, Florida, 1977
  • Attorney at Law, Florida, 1979–88
  • Member, Board of Directors, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), 2003–15
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), 2007–11