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Denise Branch

Portrait of Denise Branch in front of a black backdrop. Pronouns She/Her.

Interim Head, Metadata and Discovery

Assistant Professor
Collections and Discovery, Metadata and Discovery

(804) 828-6436
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 230-C


  • M.L.S. Library Science, The Catholic University of America, 2003
  • B.S. Business Administration, VCU, 1982

Previous professional experience

  • Assistant Head, Serials and Acquisitions Department, VCU Libraries, 2004-2013
  • Head, Periodicals Services and Serials Receiving, Acquisitions Department, VCU Libraries, 1989-2004
  • Library Assistant, Order Unit, VCU Libraries, 1984-1989
  • Library Clerk, Circulation, VCU Libraries, 1983-1984
  • Library Clerk, Cataloging, VCU Libraries, 1982-1983

Selected presentations

  • Branch, D. (2013). Acquisitions and serials workflows in Alma. Presented at RALC Technical Services Meeting, Richmond, VA.
  • Branch, D. (2012). Alma takes you to the cloud. Presented at DC Ex Libris Group Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Branch, D. (2012). Serials departments aren't what they used to be: Empowering users in times of need. Presented at the North Carolina Serials Conference.
  • Branch, D. (2012). Serials departments aren't what they used to be: The journey to satisfaction. Presented at SLIS Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, Washington, D.C.
  • Branch, D. (2010). 10th anniversary project analysis - community outreach. Presented at Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute.
  • Branch, D. (2010). Work-study students at VCU: Quality vs. quantity. Presented at Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. 
  • Branch, D. (2010). SFX/Metalib Session. Presented at Ex Libris DC Users Group Meeting, Tacoma Park, MD.
  • Branch, D. (2009). Close encounters of the link kind: User problem reports. Presented at Ex Libris DC Users Group Meeting, Tacoma Park, MD. 

Selected publications

  • Branch, D. (2012). Electronic workflows: Taking it to the cloud. Serials Librarian.
  • Branch, D. (2012). Serials departments aren't what they used to be: Providing public service to users from behind the scenes. Against the Grain

Selected VCU Libraries service

  • Alma Implementation Task Force
  • Faculty Organization, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • University Council

Professional organizations

  • Potomac Technical Processing Librarians
  • American Library Association
  • Beta Phi Mu


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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