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McGowan, Julia J. (PhD)

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Fellowship Awards Committee, Member, 2009–2010
  • Donald A.B. Lindbergh Research Fellowship Jury, Chair, 2003–2005
  • Nominating Committee, Member, 2002–2003
  • MLA Informationist Conference Task Force (The Medical Informationist and Other Roles for the Librarian in the 21st Century), Member, 2002
  • Board of Directors, Member, 1999–2002
  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, Editorial Board, Member, 1997–2000
  • Research Section, Chair, 1997–1998
  • Medical Informatics Section, Chair, 1999–2000
  • International Cooperation Section, Chair, 1993–1994
  • Medical School Libraries (now Leadership and Management Section), Chair, 1980–1981

Honors and Awards

  • Janet Doe Lectureship, 2006; published as Swimming with the sharks: perspectives on professional risk taking. J Med Lib Assoc. 2007 Jan;95(1):104–13. [cited 9 Sep 2012]
  • Fellow, Medical Library Association, 2005
  • Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award, 2001
  • Career Development Award in Medical Informatics, 1997
  • Frank Bradway Rogers Information Advancement Award, Institute for Scientific Information, 1996
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member, 1989
  • Certification, Medical Librarianship, Emory University, Summer, 1972
Other Awards
  • Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contribution in Informatics, American Medical Informatics Association, 2011
  • Leadership Award, American Medical Informatics Association, 2010
  • Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics, 2002
  • National Library of Medicine Fellow in Medical Informatics, Woods Hole, MA, 1992 (inaugural class)
Other Accomplishments & Activities
  • Founding faculty member of the School of Informatics at Indiana University, the first school of informatics at a university in the United States
  • Principal Investigator (one of three academic sites), National Resource Center for Health Information Technology, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Principal Investigator, National Outreach Mapping Center Study, funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
  • American College of Medical Informatics
    • Scientific Affairs Committee, Member, 2005–2007
    • Awards Committee, Member, 2007–2009
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Editorial Board, Member, 2005–2011
  • National Library of Medicine, Biomedical Library Review Committee, Member, 1999–2003
  • American Medical Informatics Association
    • Scientific Program Committee, Annual Fall Symposium, 1999–2000, 2004–2005, 2006–2007, 2007–2008
    • Public Policy Committee, Member, 1997–2004, Chair, 2006–2010;
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Information Resources, Steering Committee, Member, 1999–2004, Chair, 2002–2003
  • Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, Editorial Board, Member, 1997–2005

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PMC.


  • Professor Emeritus and Librarian Emeritus, Indiana University School of Medicine–Indianapolis, July 2011–
  • Affiliated Research Scientist, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis, IN, 2000–2010; July 2011 to date
  • Research Scientist, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis, IN, 2010–June 2011
  • Chair, Department of Knowledge Informatics and Translation, School of Medicine, Indiana University–Indianapolis, 2009–2011
  • Associate Dean, Information Resources and Educational Technology, School of Medicine, Indiana University–Indianapolis, 2002–2009
  • Research Scientist, IUPUI Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research, Virginia HSR&D Center of Excellence in Implementing Evidence-based Practice, 2005–2011
  • Professor, Indiana University Graduate School–Bloomington, 2001–2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Environments for Health, School of Nursing, Indiana University–Indianapolis, 2000–2011
  • Professor of Knowledge Informatics, School of Medicine, Indiana University–Indianapolis, 1999–2011
  • Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Indiana University–Indianapolis, 1999–2011
  • Director, School of Medicine Libraries, and Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, School of Medicine, Indiana University–Indianapolis, [Wishard Memorial Hospital, Ophthalmology, LaRue Carter Hospital], 1999–2011
  • Director, Information Resources, School of Medicine, Indiana University–Indianapolis, 1999–2009
  • Associate Dean for Health Sciences Informatics and Library Resources, University of Vermont–Burlington, 1998–1999
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Vermont–Burlington, 1991–1999
  • Co-Director, Vermont Initiative for Rural Health Informatics and Telemedicine, College of Medicine, University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care–Burlington, 1994–1999
  • Director, Charles A. Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont and Fletcher-Allen Health Care–Burlington, 1991–1998
  • Associate Director, School of Medicine Library, University of South Carolina–Columbia, 1976–1991
  • Acting Director and Information Specialist, Biomedical Library, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama–Mobile, 1972–1976
  • Fine Arts Reference and Cultural Exchange Librarian. Tampa Public Library, Tampa, FL, 1970–1972 

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • PhD, Medical Education, University of South Carolina, 1991 (Honors, Qualifying Examination)
  • MA, Medical Iconography, University of South Carolina, 1981 (Departmental Honors – First given by Department of Art)
  • MLS, Information Science, Rare Books, University of Maryland, 1970 (Beta Phi Mu)
  • BA, Art, Philosophy, Randolph Macon Woman's College, 1969 (Phi Beta Kappa – Lifetime Achievement)

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