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Elise Gowen

Science Librarian

Elise Gowen, Science Librarian


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Elise Gowen is the librarian for STEM disciplines at Smith, as well as providing data services to faculty as needed.

Elise is a Pacific Northwest native, and before coming to Smith College, she worked at Microsoft Library, University of Colorado Boulder, and Penn State. Outside of work, she enjoys kayaking, pickleball, and video games.

Research Interests

Open access, outreach planning, virtual reality, science communication, climate change disinformation.

Publications & Presentations

Presentation: "Climate of Denial: Library Information Literacy Instruction and Teaching Students to Recognize Climate Change Disinformation," 2022, Elise Gowen, Atmospheric Science Librarians Conference 2022.

Presentation: "The Access Is Always Greener: Open Access Policy and Self-Archiving Uptake in Meteorology," 2021, Elise Gowen, Atmospheric Science Librarians Conference 2021.

Gowen, E. & Meier, J. J., (2020) “Research Data Management Services and Strategic Planning in Libraries Today: A Longitudinal Study”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 8(1), eP2336. doi:

Gowen, E. (2019). Academic librarians supporting digital storytelling in the sciences. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2019(93).

Klippel, A., Oprean, D., Zhao, J., Wallgrün, J. O., LaFemina, P., Jackson, K., & Gowen, E. (2019). Immersive Learning in the Wild: A Progress Report. In D. Beck, A. Peña-Rios, T. Ogle, D. Economou, M. Mentzelopoulos, L. Morgado, C. Eckhardt, J. Pirker, C. Gütl, R. Koitz-Hristov, J. Richter, & M. Gardner (Eds.), Immersive Learning Research Network - 5th International Conference, iLRN 2019, Proceedings (pp. 3-15). (Communications in Computer and Information Science; Vol. 1044). Springer Verlag.

Professional Affiliations

Atmospheric Science Librarians International, secretary; Geoscience Information Society, member; ACRL STS Division, member