Barbara has oversight of Penn's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) libraries and library services. This includes the Biomedical Library (Medicine, Nursing, Biology); Chemistry Library; Dental Medicine Library; Engineering Library Services; Math/Physics/Astronomy Library; and Veterinary Medicine Libraries. Having joined Penn Libraries in 1993, she has held several positions for the Libraries including Health Sciences Libraries Liaison, Head of the Veterinary Libraries, and Director of the Health Sciences Libraries. In 2003, she was a recipient of the Veterinary Medical Student Government's Commendation Award.
She began her career at the nation's first hospital: the Pennsylvania Hospital Medical Library, Historic Library, and Archives. She also ran the School of Nursing and Medical Staff Libraries at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
She has a BA from Temple University and an MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She is passionate about libraries as partners in innovation and the creation of new knowledge and dispelling scientific and health misinformation.