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Margaret Henderson

Director, Research Data Management

Associate Professor
Scholarly Communications and Publishing

(804) 628-2714
Tompkins-McCaw Library, Room 144-E


  • Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health and Sciences University, 2012
  • M.L.I.S. Library and Information Science, University of Western Ontario, 1986
  • B.Sc. Hons. Ecology and Evolution, University of Western Ontario, 1984

Previous professional experience

  • Research and Education Librarian (part-time), Tompkins-McCaw Library, VCU, 2007-2013
  • Library Specialist, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, VCU, 2006-2013
  • Librarian Consultant, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, 2004-2009
  • Librarian Consultant, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library, 2000-2007
  • Director of Libraries and Archives, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1992-1999
  • Education Manager, DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1990-1992

Teaching experience

  • Research Data Management
  • Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship
  • Evidence-Based Medicine for Ob/Gyn Clerkship students
  • Resources for Internal Medicine Residents
  • Genetics Resources lectures for biology and medicine students
  • Basic and Advanced PubMed

Selected presentations

  • Henderson, M. E., Arendt, J., Roseberry, M., Cyrus, J., Gau, K. (2015). Collaborating to Improve Collaboration: Informationist Team Support for an Interdisciplinary Research Group. Poster presented ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Science & Technology Section Annual Program; American Library Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Henderson, M. E., Crum, J. A., Fatkin, K. J., Gagnon, M., Nguyen, T., Taylor, M., Vrabel, M. (2015). Do Health Sciences Libraries and Librarians Have an Impact on the Cost of Health Care and Research? A Systematic Review.  Poster presented at Annual Meeting, Medical Library Association, Austin, TX.
  • Henderson, M. E. (2015). Virginia Data Management Bootcamp: A Collaborative Initiative in Data Education. Poster presented at the 7th Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium.
  • Henderson, M. E. (2014). Library Connect, Rise of the Databrarian webinar. Invited presenter.
  • Henderson, M .E. (2013). Searching Patient Data: A Role for Librarians in the Improvement of Healthcare. Paper presented at the MLA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Henderson, M. E. (2012). Librarians connecting EHR data. Paper presented at the MLA Quad Chapter Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Henderson, M. E. (2010). Do we need third-party PubMed/MEDLINE tools? Lightning poster presented at Annual Meeting, Medical Library Association.

Selected publications

  • Henderson, M. E. (2015). Embroidering a Wedding Jacket for Pocahontas. NeedleArts, 46(2), 4-9.
  • Henderson, M. E. & Knott, T. L. (2015). Starting a Research Data Management Program Based in a University Library. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 34(1), 47-59.
  • Henderson, M. E., Raboin, R., Shorish, Y., & Van Tuyl, S. (2014). Research Data Management on a Shoestring Budget. ASIS&T Bulletin, 40(6).
  • Henderson, M. E. (2014). New Roles and New Horizons for Health Sciences Librarians and Libraries. Chapter 16. In M.S. Wood (Ed.) Health Sciences Librarianship. Chicago: Rowman & Littlefield and the Medical Library Association.
  • Brady, K., Brown, R., Johnson, E., Jones, S., Henderson, M. E., Ladd, D., et al. (2012). Profiles in science for science librarians: John Bennett Fenn. Science & Technology Libraries, 31, 46-63.
  • Henderson, M. E. (2011). Internet resources: Personalized medicine. MLA News, 51(3), 8.
  • Henderson, M. E. (2011). Tropical Medicine and Regenerative Medicine sections. In L. L. Thompson (Ed.), The medical library association's mater guide to authoritative information resources in health sciences. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
  • Lubker, I. M., Henderson, M. E., Canevari, C. S., Wright, B. A. (2010). Refocusing reference services outside the library building: One library's experience. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 29(3), 218-228. doi:10.1080/02763869.2010.494478

Selected university service

  • Community Engagement Data Task Force (2015 - )
  • VCU Libraries Peer Review Committee (2015 - 2018)
  • SOM Information Technology Advisory Committee (2010 - )
  • VCU Data and Information Management Council (Oct. 2013- Aug. 2014)

Professional organizations

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member
  • American Library Association
  • Association for Information Science and Technology
  • Medical Library Association
    • Continuing Education Committee
    • Molecular Biology and Genomics Special Interest Group, Convener
  • Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the MLA
    • Research and Assessment Committee, 2009-12

Community activities

  • Science Fair Judge, Metro Richmond STEM Fair, sponsored by the Math Science Innovation Center
  • Organizer and stitcher for the Agecroft Hall Coif project.  Gentle Pursuits of Richmond chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America.

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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