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Elisabeth Rowan

History of innovation and flexibility, taking on new roles to better serve institutions and patrons. Twenty-five years
of library experience, in academic, special, state, non-profit, and commercial settings.


Medical Librarian
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Lexington, KY, 1997–2017
  • Initiated and oversaw a clinical early literacy program aimed at children six months through five years old; obtained grant money in excess of $35,000.
  • Cataloged the collection using emerging technologies.
  • Created a family resource center with materials on parenting, medical conditions, and wellness.
  • Updated the collection via $40,000 in grant monies.
  • Interviewed patrons and performed literature searches based on their information needs.
  • Obtained articles via interlibrary loan and participated in free reciprocal consortia, saving the hospital thousands of dollars in fees.
  • Negotiated access to electronic resources.
  • Supervised volunteer workers.

Book Wholesalers, Inc. (BWI), Lexington, KY, 2000
  • Cataloged children's books for a major distributor serving public libraries..

Assistant Manager
  • Comic Interlude, Lexington, KY, 1996
  • Increased access to 10,000 serial issues.
  • Developed a secure database of titles, items ordered, and  customers.
  • Managed over 200 reserve files.
  • Streamlined the process for orders and shipments.
  • Provided excellent customer service.


  • Cataloging in Dewey, Library of Congress,and National Library of Medicine classifications and subject headings and MARC format
  • Emerging technologies and social media 
  • Responsive web design, HTML and CSS coding
  • Budget creation and administration
  • Grant writing and funding
  • Patron education
  • Integrated library systems
  • Communication and customer service skills
  • Microsoft Office


  • Strong background in all aspects of running a library—administrative; public services including reference; technical services including cataloging and acquisitions; interlibrary loan
  • Won the Medical Library Association Hospital Libraries Section’s “Scroll of Exemplary Service” award twice
  • Served on and chaired institutional, regional, and national committees
  • Published journal articles, book chapters,collection development aids, finding aids, and book reviews


Master of Science in Library Science, 
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Bachelor of Arts,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Elisabeth Eilir Rowan,
Apr 21, 2017, 6:36 AM