Bethany S McGowan

University Title:
Associate Professor
Health & Life Sciences
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Speech, Language, & Hearing Science
Courses Taught:
ILS 595: Introduction to Systematic Review for the Health Sciences (Lecture and Lab)
ILS 490: Directed Research in Critical Data Studies
Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) Instructor
Research Areas:
Information Literacy; Data Literacy, Health Equity; Active Learning, Student-Centered Learning
Memberships and Service:
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Health and Biosciences Libraries Section| Standing Committee Member and Information Coordinator

American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries (ALA/ACRL)| Member and Nursing Information Literacy Framework Working Group Co-Chair

Medical Library Association (MLA)| Member


McGowan, B. "Teaching Information Literacy with Civic Hacking Initiatives", chapter in Learning Beyond the Classroom: Engaging Students in Information Literacy through Co-Curricular Activities. Edited by Silvia Vong and Manda Vrkljan. Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries (in publication, forthcoming early 2020)

McGowan, B. Volunteered Geographic Information Activities as Data Literacy Instructional Approaches: Measuring Student Motivation for Participation. portal: Libraries and the Academy. (in publication, forthcoming 2020)

McGowan, B. (2019). Reimagining Information Literacy Instruction in an Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Course for Undergraduate Students. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 107(4), 572.

McGowan, B. (2019). The Role of the University Library in Creating Inclusive Healthcare Hackathons: A Case Study with Design-Thinking Processes. IFLA Journal, 45(3), 246-253.

McGowan, B. (2018) Proactive Planning: Using GIS Data and Mapping Parties to Expedite Disaster Relief Response to Vulnerable Places. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies in Session S11 - Evidence for Global and Disaster Health SIG. In: Evidence for global and disaster health – where are we now and where do we need to be?, 23 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

McGowan, B. (2016). Hackathon Planning and Participation Strategies for Non-Techie Librarians. Public Services Quarterly, 12(3), 271-276.