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Ashley Brewer

Web Systems Librarian

Scholarly Communications and Publishing, Digital Engagement

(804) 828-2536
Cabell Library, Room 234-D


  • M.L.I.S, University of Washington, 2013
  • B.A., Theater, Stanford University, 2007

Previous professional experience

  • Online User Experience Librarian, Old Dominion University Libraries, 2016-2017
  • Information Delivery Services Librarian, Old Dominion University Libraries, 2013-2016

Selected presentations

  • Brewer, A. (2018). Your Web Team is ruining your website and bringing everybody down: how to manage a library website with minimal resources and maximum buy-in and still enjoy your job. Presented at Designing for Digital.
  • Brewer, A. (2017). "Diversity and User Experience." Lead, discussion group at Virginia Library Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Brewer, A., Lo, L. (2017). Utilizing public services staff to test web assessment tools and create a sustainable iterative usability testing framework. Presented at Empirical Librarians.
  • Brewer, A., Lawton, C., Rhoades, J. (2016). Act to the future: utilizing scenario planning to shape a strategic plan. Presented at Maryland Library Association Annual Conference.
  • Brewer, A., Rush, L., Stott, R. (2015). Jargon-free librarianing: speaking the language of our patrons. Presented at Virginia Library Association Annual Conference Poster Session.
  • Brewer, A., Edwards, D., Hoeppner, A., Rhoades, R. (2014). How relevant are your results? Supporting topical research in discovery services. Presented at Coalition for Networked Information.

Professional organizations

  • American Library Association
  • Library Information Technology Association
    • User Experience
    • Women in Information Technology
  • Virginia Library Association

Research interests

  • Library information systems design; web development; web usability; emerging library technologies; user experience design; information architecture; diversity in information technology; linked data; ontology design; open design



VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
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Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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