Jessie McGowan

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Jessie McGowan was born in Montague, Prince Edward Island and earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Mount Allison University and a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Western Ontario. McGowan began working in hospital libraries as a manager of the Ottawa General Hospital (1993 to 1998), then as director of the Ottawa Hospital (1999 to 2002) where she merged three libraries into a single service. McGowan is now a senior information scientist at the Institute of Population Health in Ottawa, and adjunct professor in the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine. She is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, and completed her PhD in librarianship at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales. Her dissertation dealt with library consultation services in primary care where questions are answered in less than fifteen minutes. McGowan has served as President of the Ontario Health Libraries Association and on the CHLA/ABSC (Canada) board. She is a convener of the Cochrane Information Methods Retrieval Group and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the National Network of Libraries of Health.

McGowan is the 2004 winner of the CHLA/ABSC's Margaret Ridley Charlton Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2010, it was announced that the team McGowan was a part of had received start-up funding for the Canadian Virtual Health Library and she served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Virtual Health Library / Bibliothèque virtuelle canadienne de la santé (CVHL / BVCS). She presently works with Institute of Population Health from a distance and provides consulting services in Toronto.


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