- Oversees and directs the Library Technology Services department
- Oversees major systems, operations, and services for the Libraries (including the library management service, discovery platform, digital repository systems, and public computing)
- Leadership for functioning and maintenance of the Libraries’ main web site and interfaces
- In collaboration with Libraries managers, develop or modify new and existing infrastructure to support technology-intensive programs and services such as data management, digital scholarship, and digital publishing
From 2013-2018, Al Cornish served as the Program Manager (Systems area) for the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a regional academic library consortium in the Pacific Northwest. From July 2013 to mid-2015, he was the Alliance-side project manager for the migration of 31 institutions to shared management and discovery services using Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Al served at the Washington State University Libraries from 1999 to 2013, including as Head, Library Systems from 2006 to 2013. He previously worked as a Systems Librarian at the National Library of Medicine from 1997 to 1999, serving on the Relais document delivery system implementation team. Relais was used to automate and streamline the library's interlibrary loan and document delivery workflows; this implementation was part of NLM's efforts as a Federal Reinvention Laboratory. Al also worked as an automation librarian at the Texas A&M University Libraries from 1992 to 1997, serving (as Coordinator, Electronic Reference Services) on the team that opened Texas A&M's West Campus Library, a highly-automated library facility.
Al is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He attended college at Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1989. He earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Louisiana State University in 1992. Prior to his undergraduate education, Al served for six years in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, qualifying as an operator on the S1W (Nautilus prototype) and A2W (Enterprise shipboard) reactor plants.