About the Bowden Professorship

The Bowden Professorship links projects, funded research, publications, and professional development conducted or supported by the Virginia and Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship.

The overall goal of the work is to strengthen the connections between The University of Texas at Austin School of Information and the international library community. As such the majority of the work will include strong collaborations with practitioners. 

The professorship is made possible with a generous endowment by Virginia & Charles Bowden.

Click here to learn more about the Bowdens.

Agenda Advisors

Advisors help inform the work of the Bowden Professor. It is an informal advisory group:

Roosevelt Weeks, Director of Libraries, Austin Public Library

Angela Craig, Director, Charleston County Public Library

Lorraine J. Haricombe, Vice Provost and Director, University of Texas Libraries at The University of Texas at Austin

Jim Neal, University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University

Margo Gustina, Library Researcher at Communities+Libraries

Agenda Fellow

Agenda Fellows are outstanding individuals from practice and academia working closely with the Bowden Professor to push forward an agenda of improving libraries and library science education.

2023-Present

Kimberly Silk, Principal Consultant for Brightsail Research and Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto.

Susan Gregurek, Library Director Jarrell Community Library and Resource Center.

Bowden Capstone Scholars

Library science students are working on final projects in the University of Texas at Austin’s Masters of Information with support from the Bowden Professor and Bowden Excellence Fund.

2022

Chloe Santiago – framework for a grant-fundable program to train library leaders on power building and political and financial literacy specifically geared towards libraries who struggle to receive adequate funding, particularly those in low-income areas and historically BIPOC communities

Sarah Varenhorst – With San Diego State University’s health science librarian developed resources related to health science information, with a focus on vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessica Gonzales – Worked with the Chattanooga Public Library in looking at ways to enhance its Summer Reading Programs and transform them into true early literacy efforts.

Emma Hetrick – Worked with the U.S. Embassy in Rome on the American Corner YouLab in Pistoia and the American Corner in Trieste. The goal of the project was to enhance the reading collections of both Corners, as well as create a better understanding of studying in the U.S.

Miriam Early – Worked with the Georgia Public Library Service to provide management, training, and support for GPLS’s DigEx program, which offers administrative support for public library-created digital exhibits.