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Karen H. Gau

Research and Education Librarian

Tompkins-McCaw Library, Research and Education

(804) 628-2291
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 144


  • M.S. Library and Information Studies, Florida State University, 2013
  • B.S. Chemistry, Biochemistry concentration, VCU, 2010
  • B.A. Individualized Study, Environmentalism and Philosophy, New York University, 2001
  • Certificate in Information Architecture, Florida State University, 2013

Previous Professional Experience

  • Intern, Tompkins-McCaw Library, 2013
  • Account Support Associate, Drug Sample Analysis Department, AIBioTech, 2012-2013
  • Circulation and Archival Assistant, Library of Virginia, 2011-2012
  • Volunteer, Library of Virginia, 2010-2011, 2013
  • Archives Cataloging Volunteer, Valentine Richmond History Center, 2010-2011

Teaching Experience

  • Biology of Seed Plants, Biology Department, VCU (Teaching Assistant)
  • Biology Supplemental Instruction Leader, Campus Learning Center, VCU

Selected Presentations

  • Gau, K., Breathwaite, E., Levin, J., Fraley, E., Elhai, J., Chiu, W. (2009). What does it take for Gunnera plants to form N2-fixing symbiosis with cyanobacteria? Poster presentation at the 26th Annual Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society Meeting.

Professional Organizations

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Medical Library Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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