Staff Profile: Cheryl Gowing

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Cheryl Gowing
Associate Dean, Library Information Systems & Access
cgowing@miami.edu
(305)284-6018



Cheryl Gowing has served as a member of the librarian faculty since 1987.   In her current position as Director of Information Management & Systems, she provides leadership and oversight for the  Access Services, Cataloging & Metadata Services, Systems Support, and  Web & Emerging Technologies Departments.   These departments are responsible for the access & circulation of all library materials, interlibrary loan services,  the cataloging, maintenance, and metadata descriptions for all library materials and digital collections, the maintenance of all hardware and software employed within the Libraries, design and maintenance of all library web pages, and the maintenance of the Libraries’ automation system, including the library catalog.

Ms. Gowing received a Bachelor’s in Music from Rhode Island College, her Masters in Library Science in 1985 and a Masters in Music in 1984 in Organ and Liturgical Music both from the University of Michigan. Her previous positions at the University include Music Cataloger, Head of Cataloging, Integrated Library Systems Coordinator, and Director of Technical & Access Services.  Prior to joining the University of Miami faculty in 1987, she was a music cataloger for an NEH grant at the Bowling Green State University Popular Music Sound Recording Archives.

Ms. Gowing currently serves on the University's Academic Computing Advisory Committee and the Information Technology Leadership Council.  She has represented the Libraries on the Faculty Senate and General Welfare Committees, the Senate Women & Minorities Committee, the Senate Library & Information Technology Committee, the Portal Steering Committee, and the Provost’s Women’s Advisory Committee on Academic Affairs.   She was elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect in 2004 to a three year term on the Innovative Users Group Steering Committee, serving as Chair in 2005-2006.  She is active within several library professional organizations, including LITA [Library Information Technology Association]. ALCTS [Association of Library Collections & Technical Services], ACRL [Association of College & Research Libraries], and FLA [Florida Library Association].  Ms. Gowing is also in her second elected term as President of the Library Board of Trustees for the Miami Shores Brockway Memorial Library.