Daniel O'Brien - Ashland Theological Seminary

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O'Brien

Circulation and Digital Services Librarian

Phone: 419-289-5146

Email: dobrien1@ashland.edu

Daniel is the Circulation and Digital Services Librarian at the Seminary, working to curate collections of digital resources for students, help guide research and answer reference questions, fulfill OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan requests, and handle circulation services.

Originally from Chardon, Ohio, Daniel comes to the Seminary after living and working for several years out-of-state. He most recently was the media specialist and technology integration coach at GRACE Christian School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he provided library services and instruction to support the curriculum of their Middle School/High School campus. As part of this role, he worked closely with teachers to integrate technology tools into classes and lesson plans, encouraged co-curricular unit planning and collaboration between subjects, and worked with the school administration to update their library space into a Learning Commons. Additional prior experience includes working in the Harold Schiffman Music Library at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned his Masters Degree for Library and Information Studies. Prior to embarking on his journey as a librarian, Daniel served for three years overseas teaching English on mission with the Wakakusa English Program in Funehiki, Japan. He is grateful for the time he had this position, and will never forget the lessons he learned living amidst a different culture and people.

While in Japan, Daniel met his wife Kristin, an English teacher from Ellaville, Georgia. They do not have any children yet but pour their affection into an adult orange tabby cat named Canyon, who they adopted from a no-kill shelter in Mebane, NC. When he is not in the Seminary Library, Daniel likes to hike, travel, and he serves on the worship team at Substance church. An alumnus of Ashland University, Daniel feels privileged to be able to give back and provide service to a school, town, and community that helped shape him during formative years of his life.


Evangelical Free Church of America


M.A. MLIS - University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.S. Integrated Language Arts for grades 7-12 - Ashland University

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