B. Dewayne Branch

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Faculty Area:




Geographical Information System (GIS)



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Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2009

M.S., North Carolina A&T State University, 1996

M.S., North Carolina Central University, 2016

B.S., North Carolina A&T State University, 1994

Honors & Awards

American Research Libraries, Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) Diversity Scholar 2014-2016


Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellowship/Postdoc funded by the Sloan Foundation, 2012- 2014


Environmental Systems Research Institute Student Ambassador (2006)

Research Interests

Geographical Information System (GIS), Data analysis, Virtual Library Services, Assessment and Intellectual Property Development

Selected Publications
  • Kong, N., Fosmire, M., and Branch, B. D. (2017). Developing library GIS services for humanities and social science: An action research approach. College & Research Libraries, 78(4), 413. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.78.4.413

  • Mulrooney, T., McGinn, C., Branch, B., Madumere, C., & Ifediora, B. (2017). A new raster- based metric to measure relative food availability in rural areas: A case study in southeastern North Carolina. Southeastern Geographer,

  • Mulrooney, T., Beratan, K., McGinn, C., & Branch, B. (2017). A comparison of raster-based travel time surfaces against vector-based network calculations as applied in the study of rural food deserts. Applied Geography, 78, 12- 21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.10.006

  • Mulrooney, T., McGinn, C, Beratan, K., and Branch, B. 2016. Food Swamps in the Swamp? Evolving GIS Methodologies to Better Understand Rural Food Security in Southeastern North Carolina. Manuscript in Review with Journal of Rural Studies.

  • Benjamin, B. (2014) Libraries and Spatial Literacy: Toward Next-Generation Education. College and Undergraduate Libraries, 21(1) 109-114