Staff Directory

Ann R. Burns

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Burns, Ann R

Metadata Librarian for Research and Scholarship

Metadata Analysis & Design

arb5w at Virginia.EDU


Fine Arts 260

Mailing Address:

University of Virginia Library
PO Box 400131 Bayly Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4131

Ann Burns is a Metadata Librarian for Research and Scholarship, providing researchers information organization and content description expertise to support the University’s teaching, learning and research initiatives. As part of the Metadata Analysis & Design team, Ann works with clients to analyze projects and workflows, works to create and maintain policies for metadata application, and imagines new possibilities for metadata management and content discovery. Ann’s particular research interests involve metadata for image and architectural history resources, and she plays an active role in the development of ArchaeoCore, a metadata standard for archaeological assets.

Ann R. F. Burns

Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library

University of Virginia

PO Box 400131

Charlottesville VA 22904-4131

Phone: 434-924-6606



Metadata Librarian for Research and Scholarship, 2015 -present

  • Shepherd standardized data for digitized archaeological collection
  • Create databases to enable faculty management of personal image databases for research
  • Consult with student research groups on metadata considerations for digital projects
  • Create documentation for the Open Greek and Latin digital project group at UVa
  • Conduct ongoing project to convert a database of architectural images to standards-compliant XML for exposure in University-wide online catalog


Image Management Librarian, 2007-2015

  • Assumed responsibility for an enhanced project to scan slides from the Fine Arts Library Image Collection for digital presentation, 2005-present
  • Manage Shared Shelf image management system implementation for UVa, 2010-present
  • Investigated Digital Asset Management systems for images


Visual Image Cataloger, 2002-2007

  • Coordinated the UVA effort to join Shared Shelf
  • Managed ARTstor Hosted teaching collection for UVa Libraries


Fine Arts Library Slide Curator, 1999-2002

  • Supervised 5-7 student catalogers
  • Managed Slide Collection budget
  • Coordinated the conversion of the Slide Collection into a digital teaching collection


Assistant Slide Curator, 1982-1999

  • Managed project to add image cataloging to MARC-based collection discovery tool (SIRSI) at UVa
  • Managed 5-7 student workers
  • Managed daily operations of the Fine Arts Library Slide Collection


Technical Services Library Assistant, 1988-2001

Bibliographic Assistant, 1983-1988



MLIS, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1995

M.A., Architectural History, University of Virginia, 1982

B.A., American History, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, 1977


Project Experience:

Manager of the Robert L. Vickery Image Collection project 2017-present

Member of the UVA Open Greek and Latin Project (OGLP) team 2016-present

Manager of the Flowerdew Hundred Metadata Project 2012-present

Co-Creator of the ArchaeoCore Metadata Standard 2010-present

Manager of the UVa SAH ARA Image Collection, 2008-2010

Co-contributor on the IRIS image management tool implementation project, 2001-2004



(Upcoming) Co-organizer and presenter, “Living with Legacy: Access to Archaeological Data Across Campus and Beyond,” Visual Resources Association 36th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 29, 2018

Co-presenter, “Cataloging in the Cloud: Shared Shelf and ArchaeoCore,” Visual Resources Association 30th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, April 21, 2012



Berenz, Elizabeth; Burns, Ann R. F.; and Stylianopoulos, Lucie Wall (2012) "Cataloging in the Cloud: Shared Shelf and ArchaeoCore," VRA Bulletin: Vol. 39: Iss. 2, Article 2



Skills and Qualifications:

MARC cataloging

VRA Core


Archival training

XML training


Professional Affiliations:

Visual Resources Association, 1997-present

  • Member, VRA Nominating Committee, 2003-2011
  • Chair, VRA Nominating Committee, 2006-2009
  • Officer, VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 2004-2006