Mr. James Ahern

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Graduate School

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Graduate School
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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS: Certified professional librarian in the Commonwealths of Virginia (Certificate No. 5865, 19 June 2012) and Massachusetts (Certificate No. P5752, 7 January 2021).  Registered with the State of Maryland's Department of Education, Division of Educator Certification as a Professional Public Librarian (28 October 2020)

Beta Phi Mu Academic Honor Society for International Library & Information Studies, 2012



Military Duty Description: 

Serves as the principal military senior special staff Force Management officer (Functional Area 50) for a Two-Star general headquarters comprised of 118 Army Reserve military units located in 33 states and territories with over 14 thousand funded operational, administrative oversight, and installation management requirements that impact global military operations.  Directly advises the Commanding General (CG) on all matters involving unit stationing actions, adjustments to force structure documentation, the research and creation of strategic-level analytical metrics and informational products, to include cartographic maps, statistical-data and thematic charts, and various analytical executive summary correspondence.  Supervises a four-member specialized Force Development/Management (FD/FM) technical staff.  Responsible for executing a budget of 22K annually. Specific functions include: coordinating all Army Reserve troop force design and doctrinal organization updates with the respective functional U.S. Army Centers of Excellence, the Combined Arms Center (CAC), and the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).   

Additional Duty Requirements:  Responsible for the management of the head-quarter's electronic archival records and the digital library collection related to the seven domains of Force Development (FD) in support of the U.S. Forces Command (FORSCOM) headquarters library, the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC), and several functional academic libraries of U.S. Army Centers of Excellence (CoEs) field and military academic collections, and the knowledge management (KM) of all assigned military units' historical, heritage, and doctrinal design documentation in digital format consistent with all applicable Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) publications and Army service policies and organizational doctrine, to include:

  1. Army Regulation 25-97, The Army Library Program (5 June 2019) Mission and Purpose:
  2. The mission of the ALP is to serve as a strategic knowledge management resource that enables the Army to gain and maintain full-spectrum knowledge superiority, while concurrently facilitating research, education, training, self-development, well-being, outreach, and lifelong learning-the right information at the right time and place to support the Army mission.
  3. The purpose of the ALP through its various components is to provide professionally managed library services to commanders and their communities to meet a broad spectrum of mission support and unique requirements essential to the Army.

Army Regulation 25-400-2, The Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS).

III. Military Knowledge Management (KM) is the art of creating, organizing, applying, and transferring knowledge to facilitate situational understanding and decision making.

Joint Force Doctrine:
CJCS-J7 Staff, Suffolk, VA
Focus Paper, Knowledge Information Management (KIM), May 2018

Army Policy (Information Management):
Army Regulation 25-1, Army Information Technology, June 2013

Army Doctrine: 
Field Manual 6-01.1
Knowledge Management Operations (July 2012)


B.A. (1992) & MA (1995), University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

History (East Asian Studies, US Diplomacy, History of Science)

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), 2012, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies (SOIS)

Post-Master's Certificate, Archives-Digital Stewardship, May 2016, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS)

M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, April 2015, U.S. Naval War College (resident), Newport, Rhode Island

Enrolled: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Graduate School, School of Information Studies (SOIS); anticipated degree conferral in May 2022

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE:  (A) Organizational design and functional staff integration, strategic capabilities determination, military geo-strategic contingency planning for cultural-heritage preservation and cultural property protection, risk & knowledge management, ontology, taxonomy, and digital stewardship; and theories of communication (Claude Shannon) and information system design, heuristics, and ontological methodologies.

(B) Institute Conference Panels, Seminars, Workshops, and Interviews/Mentions in News

(1) Speaker/presenter and panelist, the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation conference, “Culture and Conflict: The U.S. and the 1954 Hague Convention,” 23 October 2009.

(2) Contributing member, Cultural Heritage by Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)-Military Panel (CHAMP).

  • Army Reserve Civil Affairs functional specialties (cultural property and archives)
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Briefing (September 2008): Army Reserve Civil Affairs functional specialty deployment with the Joint Forces Command’s forward deployed “Task Force Ramadi” attached to the 1stS. Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), Anbar Province, Iraq, with duty in the U.S. Department of State’s Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (ePRT) 2 (Unit 73904), Camp Ramadi, Anbar Province, Iraq)

(3) Interviewed by Army Times (Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer) news journalist for article, “U.S. troops saved art as the ‘Monuments Men’ of Iraq”: U.S. experts work to save a culture,” February 17, 2014.

(4) Assyrian International News Agency (online). “U.S. troops saved art as the ‘Monuments Men’ of Iraq,” 2014.

 (5) Conference participant, the Lawyer’s Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, “From Plunder to Preservation: The Untold Story of Cultural Heritage, World War II, and the Pacific,” 8 -9 November 2012, National Trust for Historic Preservation building, Washington, D.C.

(6) Selected member participant, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (28 July – 2 August 2013).

(7) Selected member participant, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Library Leadership in the Digital Age (20-22 March 2014).

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Japanese 日本語 (12 undergraduate credit hours) and a summer foreign-language immersion program (夏の外国語イマージョンプログラム) at the Japanese Language Institute of Sapporo (札幌国際日本語学院), 2003


  • “The Cultural Heritage Aspect of Stability Operations: The Role of the US Army Reserve Civil Affairs,” Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, Cultural Resources Update, Volume 6, No. 11. [Available on the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries, Digital Military Collection website, under Cultural Resources]


  • Research Monograph:

“The Geostrategic Significance of Okinotorishima (沖ノ鳥島) in the chūbu Taiheiyō 中部太平洋 (Central Pacific): The Nexus between Sacred Symbols of Sovereign Territory, National Identity, and Public Diplomacy in the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands Dilemma.” U.S. Naval War College (submitted to the Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute for Asia-Pacific concentration credit), November 2014.

  • Civil-Military Operations Research Paper:

US. Joint Force Cultural Heritage Functional Activities in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Interagency Approach to Enable a Theater-Security Cooperation Partnership with the Union of Myanmar (Burma).” U.S. Naval War College, October 2014.

  • Research Paper, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Digital Stewardship, Digitization Project (U.S. Naval History Cultural Heritage Informatics), May 2015

“Manuscript Collection of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Edwin Swain Miller (1910-91), Collection Number 142 (4 boxes; 6 series, 1 records group)”

  • MA (history) Theses, May 1995:

The University of Akron, Graduate School, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, “Japan’s Central-Kingdom World View: A Case Study of Yap Island and Its Geostrategic Significance in the Nan’yo南海”


Siebrandt, Diane C., Ph.D. Dissertation. Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, December 8, 2016, “Military Occupation of Heritage Sites: Orientalism, Archaeology and the Iraq War,”  161.

 Smithsonian Institution website, “Preserving Cultural Heritage in Crisis: A Selected Bibliography.”  Bibliographic entry: “Ahern, James R., “Cultural-Heritage Aspect of Stability Operations: The U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs’ Role” The Officer. April-May 2010.”

 U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield website. Ahern, James R. “Cultural-Heritage Aspect of Stability Operations: The U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs’ Role.” The Officer, April-May 2010.


School of Information Studies (SOIS)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), 2021
Archives and Records Management
2020 To 2021
Advisor: Dr. Donald C. Force, Ph.D.

U.S. Naval War College (resident)
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
M.A., 2015
National Security and Strategic Studies
2014 To 2015
Advisor: Dr. Timothy P. Schultz, Ph.D.

Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Post-Master's Certificate, 2016
Digital Stewardship (Archives & Informatics)
2013 To 2016
Advisor: Dr. Peter Botticelli, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
MLIS, 2012
Library and Information Science
2009 To 2012
Advisor: Dr. Hur-Li Lee, Ph.D.

University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences
Akron, Ohio, United States
M.A., 1995
History (East Asian Studies, US Diplomacy, History of Science)
1993 To 1995
Advisor: Dr. Jane K. Leonard, Ph.D.

University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences
Akron, Ohio, United States
B.A., 1992
History and geography
1988 To 1992

Professional Associations

American Library Association
2009 - Present

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
2009 - Present

Library Leadership & Management Association (LLMA)
2009 - Present

Reserve Organization of America (Life member)
2007 - Present

Association of the U.S. Army
2002 - Present

Civil Affairs Association (Life member)
2002 - Present


  • Accreditation
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  • Buildings and Facilities
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  • Collection Development
  • Continuing Education
  • Copyright
  • Digital Libraries
  • Digitization
  • Electronic Resources
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Ethics
  • Facilitation
  • Geospatial Data and Services
  • Government Documents & Information
  • Independent Librarians
  • Information Commons
  • Information Literacy
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Intellectual Property
  • Knowledge Management
  • Leadership
  • Librarianship
  • Organizational Change
  • Outreach Services
  • Preservation
  • Privacy
  • Professional Development
  • Project Management
  • Research and Statistics
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Special Collections
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transforming Libraries