Clifford B. Anderson

Clifford B. Anderson

Associate University Librarian for Research and Digital Strategy

Vanderbilt University


Clifford B. Anderson is Associate University Librarian for Research and Digital Strategy at the Vanderbilt University Library. He holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Religious Studies in the College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University and is affiliated faculty in the Comparative Media Analysis and Practice Joint-Ph.D. program. From 2018 to 2020, he was also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.


  • Academic Librarianship
  • Computational Thinking
  • Digital Humanities
  • Theological Studies


  • M.S. in Library and Information Science, 2012

    Pratt Institute

  • Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, 2005

    Princeton Theological Seminary

  • Th.M. in Theology, 1996

    Princeton Theological Seminary

  • M.Div., 1995

    Harvard University Divinity School

  • A.B. in Philosophy, 1992

    Kenyon College

Recent Posts

Vanderbilt Archive Founded to Hold Media Accountable Turns 50

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive, founded in 1968 as a three-month ‘experiment’ to explore possible bias in network newscasts, will mark its 50th year of continuous operation on August 5th.

ATLA and Vanderbilt University Divinity Library Contribute Funds for New Open Access Publication in Forthcoming De Gruyter Series

Continuing a long-standing cooperative relationship, ATLA and Vanderbilt University’s Divinity Library have contributed funding to support the open access publication of an edited volume in De Gruyter’s series on Introductions to Digital Humanities: Religion.

Cultural Heritage in the Age of Big Data

A public symposium titled “Cultural Heritage in the Age of Big Data” will be hosted by Vanderbilt University Libraries Friday, June 1, bringing together archivists, librarians, digital humanists and public historians to discuss the ethical implications of preserving and providing access to culturally sensitive materials online.

Sustaining Television News for the Next Generation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded funding to Vanderbilt University for a workshop and planning effort to examine and address the technical, legal and economic challenges of preserving broadcast television news in the 21st century.


Learn Wikidata

The goal of the project is to develop and implement interactive learning pathways for information professionals to learn the fundamentals of WikiCite.

Computational Thinking and Learning

The Computational Thinking and Learning Initiative at Vanderbilt University fosters computational thinking across the curriculum. Among its pilot activities, the CTLI sponsors a working group seeking to make advanced text mining techniques more accessible to students from the humanities and the social sciences.

Mapping Berlin

Examines the culture and geopolitics of twentieth-century Berlin from auditory and spatial perspectives, taking Walter Benjamin’s notion of the flâneur as its guide.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Project VandyCite: Using Wikidata to Support Research Information Management

Project VandyCite began during spring 2020 as librarians and staff members at the Vanderbilt University Library transitioned to offsite …

Teaching BJC with NetsBlox: A Case Study from Vanderbilt University

In this short talk, we present a case study of how faculty at Vanderbilt University adapted The Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum …
Teaching BJC with NetsBlox: A Case Study from Vanderbilt University

Best Practices for Archiving Digital Productions

In this contribution to the roundtable, Creating and Keeping Medieval Scholarship: A Consideration of Digital and Traditional Methods, …

Introduction to TEI Publisher

This workshop introduces TEI Publisher, a rapid application publishing framework for digital editions developed by Magdalena Turska and …

Anchors and Abstracts: Sustaining Television News Archives

This poster (co-authored with Jim Duran) presents the results of a year-long study of the sustainability of television news archives, …

Recent Publications

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XQuery for Humanists

XQuery is the best language for querying, manipulating, and transforming XML and JSON documents. Because XML is in many ways the lingua …

XQuery for Humanists

A New Hermeneutics of Suspicion? The Challenge of Deepfakes to Theological Epistemology

In this paper, I provide an introduction to deepfakes and related machine-learning technologies for theologians, assess their danger as …

Digital Humanities and Libraries and Archives in Religious Studies

Sustaining Television News Archives

Digital Humanities and the Future of Theology

What potential does digital humanities have to shape the practice of theology? Are there theological questions at stake? This essay is …