Biography

The Chief Information Officer and Director of Library plans and administers programs for the College library and information services. Submits recommendations on library and information service policies and services to governing body, such as Board of Trustees, and implements policy decisions. Responsible for administering collection development and maintenance including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, archives, special collections, and electronic resources. Participates in the writing of grant proposals. Forecasts library and IT needs for the College. Responsible for federal reporting for Title III grant. The CIO writes and sets policy for information services and oversees the planning, implementation, and maintenance of the College's information technology infrastructure including hardware, software, computer labs, and the network. 

Lorraine Abraham is the Chief Information Officer and Director of the Library at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA. She holds a BA in history from Armstrong Atlantic State University, an MLIS in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, an MA in History from The Ohio State University, and was the first recipient of a Certificate of Specialty in Medieval and Renaissance Studies awarded by The Ohio State University, where she has also completed her doctoral coursework. Ms. Abraham has served on numerous evaluation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Ms. Abraham completed the Higher Education Administration program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 2003. She earned COBIT professional IT certification in 2008. She works as a consultant in media design, Title III implementation, project assessment, and higher education accreditation. She serves on the executive boards of numerous professional and regional organizations such the Independent College Enterprise, Holston Associated Libraries, the Southwest Virginia Technology Council, and is the current president of the the Mid-Atlantic Library Alliance (MALiA), a regional library consortium of more than 215 libraries. 

Educational Background

  • B.A. magna cum laude with honors in history — Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • M.L.I.S. — University of South Carolina
  • M. A. (Slavic history) --The Ohio State University
  • Certificate of Specialty in Medieval and Renaissance Studies — The Ohio State University
  • Completed doctoral coursework in medieval Slavic history -- The Ohio State University