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Barbara J. Anderson

Head, Metadata and Discovery

Assistant Professor
Collections and Discovery, Metadata and Discovery

(804) 828-6358
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 230-D


  • M.A. Music, University of Iowa, 1976
  • M.A. Library Science, University of Iowa, 1974
  • B.A. Music, Luther College, 1973 
  • Certificate Advanced Study in Library Automation, Louisiana State University, 1989

Previous professional experience

  • Head, Cataloging Department, 1983-2013 
  • Interim Head, Bibliographic Services, VCU Libraries, 1990-1992
  • Cataloger, VCU Libraries, 1982-1983
  • Interlibrary Cooperation Consultant, Warren County Library, 1980-1982
  • Children's Librarian, Warren County Library, 1979-1980
  • Children's Librarian, Winona Public Library, 1974-1975

Teaching experience

  • Cataloging and Classification, EDU 597, School of Education, VCU 
  • Cataloging and Classification, LSC606, School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University 

Selected presentations

  • Anderson, B. (2013). In the beginning … there was netLibrary. Presented at the annual meeting of the Potomac Technical Processing Librarians.
  • Anderson, B. (2009). Library Control Freaks Meet Marcive: Using Perl Scripts and Aleph Loaders to Manage Government Document Records. Presented at poster session, ELUNA Annual Conference.
  • Anderson, B. & Ghaphery, J. (2000). Generating MARC records from a database of aggregator electronic journal titles. Presented at poster session, ALA Annual Conference.
  • Anderson, B. & Ghaphery, J. (2000). Generation of MARC records from VCU's ejournal database. Presented at VIVA Forum on Access to Electronic Journals. 

Selected publications

  • Anderson, B. (2001). Web lists or OPACS: Can we have our cake and eat it, too? Library Computing, 18(4).

Professional organizations 

  • American Library Association
    • International Relations Round Table
  • Association for Library Collections and Technical Services 
  • Potomac Technical Processing Librarians 

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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