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Jimmy Ghaphery

Head, Digital Technologies

Associate Professor
Information Management and Processing, Digital Technologies

(804) 827-3551
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 234-A


  • M.Ed. Adult Education, VCU, 1998
  • M.T. Teaching, VCU, 1993
  • B.A. English, College of William and Mary, 1985

Previous Professional Experience

  • Librarian for Instructional Technology, VCU, 1998-2004
  • Library Assistant, Reference Services, VCU, 1993-1997

Teaching Experience

  • Honors module on Google
  • Honors module on Information Technology Crossing Boundaries

Selected Presentations

  • Ghaphery, J. (2013). Alma openURL migration strategies. Presented at Ex Libris Users of North America Annual Conference.
  • Johnson, E., Ghaphery, J., Stearns, S. (2013). Unified resource management in action: Alma's impact at Boston College and Virginia Commonwealth University. Presented at Electronic Resources and Libraries Annual Conference.
  • Ghaphery, J. (2010). VCU Libraries IT snapshot. Presented online at ASERL IT/Digital Initiatives Interest Group. 
  • Ghaphery, J., McNulty, T., Teague-Rector, S. (2009). Location, location, location: A transaction comparison of catalog searches originating from the library homepage and Aleph. Presented at Ex Libris Users of North America Annual Conference. 

Selected Publications

  • Ghaphery, J. & Stearns, S. (2013). Making the most of your data: Embedding business intelligence into daily operations. Proceedings from 2012 Charleston Conference, Purdue University Library and Press. 
  • Ghaphery, J. & White, E. (2012). Library use of web-based research guides. Information Technology and Libraries, 31(1).
  • Ghaphery, J., Teague-Rector, S., Byrd, S. (2008). Kinda just like Google: Presence and variety of search options on library homepages. Against the Grain, 20(3).
  • Ghaphery, J. & Teague-Rector, S. (2008). Designing search: Effective search interfaces for academic library websites. Journal of Web Librarianship, 2(4).

Selected University Service

  • Technology Advisory Group

Selected VCU Libraries Service

  • Peer Review Committee

Professional Organizations

  • American Library Association 
  • Library Information Technology Association 

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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