Irene Herold

Irene Herold

University Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
United States

Irene Herold is the University Librarian at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the former Dean of Mason Library at Keene State College in New Hampshire, and is currently vice president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  She has served on ACRL/Law & Political Science Section and ACRL/College Library Section committees, as well as two editorial boards (Library Issues and College & Undergraduate Libraries Journal).  


Irene’s recent national presentations have been on mentoring for leadership development, mindful leadership, leading organizational change, and return on investment using a “triple bottom line” (people, planet, profit) approach.


Her publications include her 2015 book, Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic Library Leadership Institutes (she is the compiling editor and a contributing author, along with 25 others, for this work that examines 18 leadership development institutes); “Studying Leadership Development: A Journey From Front Line to Dean’s Office” (January 2016) in Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership (MBM PeakSeries), Steven Bell, (ed.); “Capacity Building: Academic Libraries as Campus Partners,” Library Issues, July 2014; co-authorship of Mindful Leadership Defined and Explained (Advances in Librarianship), 2014; and co-authorship of “The Triple Bottom Line: Portable Applications and Best Practices for Sustainability in Academic Libraries,” Focus on Education for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries, 2014.


Irene obtained her PhD in managerial leadership in the information professions from Simmons College. She earned a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts in history at Western Illinois University.