Cataloging & Metadata Librarian
Alejandra Barbón is the Cataloging & Metadata Librarian (Spanish Language Specialist) at the University of Miami. Joining the faculty of the UM Libraries in 2017, she is responsible for resource description and authority work for Spanish language materials across all libraries and all materials of the distinctive and general collections, with strong liaison work with the Cuban Heritage Collection. In her role, she supports the discovery of and access to the Libraries' physical and digital content through resource description activities.
Before joining the University of Miami, Alejandra worked at Florida National University, where she was Director of the Library. She held cataloging & bibliographic metadata positions of increasing responsibility at Florida International University; served as program specialist and coordinator of youth programming at Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative; and performed other library and archival functions at Miami Dade College, involving descriptive metadata and preservation.
Alejandra earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, and her Bachelor's in Religious Studies from Florida International University. Her research interests include enhancing access to foreign language materials through bibliographic description and metadata creation.
Alejandra is currently serving on the SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network) Cataloging Committee. She is also an active member of ALCTS (American Library Association and Association for Library Collections & Technical Services), ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries), RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) of ACRL, and SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials).