Bethany S McGowan

University Title:
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Libraries
Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Nutrition Science
Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Courses Taught:
- ILS 490: Diplomacy Lab: Strategies for Identifying Mis/Disinformation
- ILS 495: Leading in Communities: Health Literacy Instruction in Central Indiana
- ILS 595: Introduction to Systematic Review Methodology
- ILS 690: Automation of Systematic Review Processes
- ILS 100: Introduction to Information Studies
Research Areas:
Infodemic Management; Combatting Mis/Dis/Malinformation; Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis, Information Literacy; Information Literacy Education; Health Literacy; Data Literacy, Health Equity; Service-Learning, Experiential Learning
- MS, Interaction Design and Information Architecture, University of Baltimore, 2017
- Graduate Certificate, Health Information Management, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
- MLIS, Information Science, University of South Carolina, 2010
- BA, English, University of South Carolina, 2008
Professional Experience:
- Associate Professor, Libraries and School of Information Studies, Purdue University, 2021-present
- External Global Consultant, World Health Organization, 2021-present
- Assistant Professor, Libraries and School of Information Studies, Purdue University, 2015-2021
- Medical Librarian, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Libraries, Howard University, 2011-2015
- Congressional Fellow, Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, 2010
Honors and Awards:
- Fulbright Sweden Commission, Inter-Country Lecture Award for Fulbright Scholars in Europe, 2023
- U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Finland Seeking Solutions for Global Challenges Award, 2023-24
- Association of Research Libraries, Leadership and Career Development Program Fellow, 2022-23
- Purdue University, Scholarship of Engagement Fellow, 2022-23
- World Health Organization, Infodemic Management Training Coach, 2022
- Purdue University Office of Engagement, Scholarship of Engagement Fellow, 2022-23
- Purdue University Office of Engagement, Service-Learning Fellow, Spring 2022
- Purdue University Libraries, Joanne J. Troutner Innovative Educators Program Award, 2022
- Purdue University Teaching Academy, Award for Exceptional Teaching and Instruction Support, 2021
- Purdue University Libraries, John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service to Purdue University Faculty and Students, 2021
- Medical Library Association, Ida and George Eliot Prize, 2021
- Medical Library Association, T. Mark Hodges International Service Award, 2021
- World Health Organization, Infodemic Management Trainee, 2020
- Network of the National Libraries of Medicine, Professional Development Award, 2019
- International Federation of Library Associations/Institute of Museum and Library Services Emerging Leaders Award, 2016
Memberships and Service:
- Fulbright Noir, Board Member: Outreach and Communications Coordinator (2023-2025)
- Medical Library Association, State Liaisons Committee, Midwest Chapter, Indiana Representative (2023-present)
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Region 6 (Midwest Region), Stakeholder Advisory Group Member (2022-present)
- International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Health and Biosciences Libraries Section
* Standing Committee Member (2019-2023, 2023-2027)
* Secretary (2023-2025)
* Chair (2021-2023)
* Information Coordinator (2019-2021)
Language Skills:
- English, Native Tongue
- French, Professional Proficiency
- Spanish, Professional Proficiency
- Finnish, Novice Proficiency


Please see my Google Scholar Profile: for a complete list of publications.