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2009 SSP 31st Annual Meeting, Marriott Baltimore Waterfront, Baltimore, MD

Plenary Session – Charles B. Lowry, PhD

Publishing and Libraries: Securing Our Future in the Brave “Now” World–“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be”


Charles Lowry
Charles B. Lowry is on a three-year leave of absence from the University of Maryland College Park, where he served as dean of libraries from 1996 until 2008. He is also a professor in the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and will return to teach there in 2011. He formerly served as university librarian at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he led significant information technology initiatives (1992-1996). Prior to that, he was director of libraries at the University of Texas Arlington, University of South Alabama, and Elon University. Lowry has been the principal investigator on federal grants and foundation grants; has served as a consultant on library building projects, technology, organization, and management; and has published articles and commentaries on library management and organization, information technology, and cooperation.

He has extensive leadership experience in library associations and library consortia and helped found and served as editor for two significant journals: Library Administration and Management and portal: Libraries and the Academy. Lowry holds an MA in history from the University of Alabama, an MS in library science from UNC Chapel Hill, and a PhD in history from the University of Florida.