Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS, is the University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Emerging Technologies & Digital Initiatives Librarian (a title that, while not as cool as Jedi master or pirate queen, is still pretty exciting). After receiving her Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in 1999, she went on to work at various libraries, specializing in creating fun and innovative outreach programs. Somewhere along the way, Barker came to see technology as Muggle magic, becoming utterly fascinated both by it and its possibilities for health care. She now works to educate and inform UVA’s Health System community about emerging and mobile technologies and their possible impacts on work and life, and is currently involved in several interdisciplinary research projects.
Believing that technology has the power to affect positive change, Barker strives to share that message through classes, consults, social media, podcasts, and participation in the profession. She is also the creator of the MOOC “Personal Branding: Establishing and Promoting Yourself for Business and Life”, which launched in October 2015, via Coursera. In addition to serving as Chair for the Medical Library Association’s Technology Advisory Committee, Barker chairs the Technology Program Advisory Committee for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.
In her personal life, Barker and her seven-year-old have daily light saber battles, and are working on a musical based on The Hobbit, with one horribly discordant, yet surprisingly peppy, song written (the extremely loud, “I Wanna Live in Hobbiton (I’m Shire that’s What I Want)”. They await calls from either Broadway or their local police department.