As part of her work, she was a participant in the library’s planning committee that created the first Information Commons in a university library. Welburn also served two years as coordinator of personnel and diversity programs in the libraries.
Earlier, Welburn held librarian positions at New York University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University (where she was interim head of the Medical Sciences Library), and Princeton University, where she was head of the Psychology Library.
She also served as a librarian for the Indianapolis-Marian County Public Library and at Bishop College in Dallas, where she began her professional career.
Welburn has published extensively and made numerous presentations in her fields of interest in librarianship. She serves on the editorial board of Portal: Libraries and the Academy and her extensive academic and professional service includes serving as current chair of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance Board. She has served as a member of the ACRL Board of Directors and the Library Leadership and Management Association board.
Welburn has taught online lyceum courses in fund development and conflict management as an adjunct faculty member of the Association for Research Libraries. In 2011, in addition to her election to the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) board, Welburn was selected by her peers as the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year, a national award recognizing her contributions to the profession of librarianship.
Welburn earned a bachelor of arts in history from Bishop College and a master of arts in American history focusing on the antebellum South at Atlanta University. She earned a master of science in library and information studies from Atlanta University in 1978.