Randall Bowman

Reference/Instruction Librarian
Carol Grotnes Belk Library 208
2550 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
rbowman@elon.edu (336) 278-6571

Brief Biography

I am the library's liaison to the following departments: Computing Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics.  My duties include reference work at Belk Library's Information Desk and teaching library instruction/information literacy classes.  I also work in Belk Library's Archives and Special Collections department; I work on projects related to the Church History collection.

Education

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • Master of Library and Information Studies Degree, May 1997

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (Minor in Geography), May 1992

Louisburg College  

  • Associate of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, May 1990

Additional coursework

  • LIS 505, Introduction to Archival Management, UNC-Greensboro, Fall 2008

Employment History

Reference/Instruction Librarian (with Assistant Professor Rank), Elon University, Elon, NC (October 2000 - present)

Reference Librarian, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC (December 1997 – October 2000)

Circulation/Reserves Supervisor (temporary position), House Undergraduate Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (August 1997 – December 1997)

Information Desk Assistant, Jackson Library, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 1996 – May 1997)

Library Intern, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC (August 1996 – December 1996)

Graduate Assistant, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 1995 – August 1996)

 

Presentations

Bowman, Randall, Teresa LePors, and Shannon Tennant.  "I Honestly Had No Idea: LibGuides Usability Assessment in an Academic Library."  North Carolina Library Association 60th Biennial Conference.  Winston-Salem, NC.  October 17, 2013.  Presentation.

Bowman, Randall and Barbara Gordon.  “Targeted, not Generic, Library Instruction for First Year Students.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 22, 2012. Presentation.

Bowman, Randall. “Event Planning Without Tears.”  North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference. Hickory, NC. October 6, 2011. Panel presentation.

Bowman, Randall. “Lessons Learned: Getting the Most Out of LibGuides.” North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference. Hickory, NC. October 5, 2011. Panel presentation.

Bowman, Randall. “Assessing First-year Library Instruction Through Blackboard.”  4th Annual Metrolina Library Association Information Literacy Conference. Charlotte, NC. June 18, 2009. Poster presentation.

Bowman, Randall. “The Development of a Pre- and Post-test for Assessing First-Year Instruction, Delivered Using Blackboard.”  NCLA College and University Section Library Instruction Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. November 17, 2008. Presentation.

Professional Activities

American Library Association (1997 – present)

  • Communication Committee, Instruction Section, ACRL (2005 - 2006)
  • Immersion Information Literacy Workshop (2001)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (2001 – present)

LIS Alumni Association Executive Board, UNC-Greensboro (2008 – 2013)

  • Past-President (2012 – 2013)
  • President (2010 – 2012)
  • Vice-President/President-Elect (2009 – 2010)
  • Member, Executive Board (2008 - 2009)

North Carolina Library Association (2001 – present)

  • Chair, College and University Section, 2013-2015
  • Participant, NCLA Leadership Institute, 2012
  • Vice Chair/Chair-elect, CUS, (2011-2013)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, CUS (2009 – 2011)
  • Co-chair, Bibliographic Instruction Steering Committee (2007-2009)
  • College and University Section (CUS) (2007 – present)

Service Activities

University Committees

  • Library Committee (2012-2014)
  • Lyceum Committee (2006 – 2008)

Library Committees

  • Chair, Library Instruction Committee (2001 – 2012)
  • Library Publicity Committee (2008 - 2009)

Community Service

  • Alamance County Historical Museum archives
  • Cummings High School
  • First United Methodist Church of Elon, NC

Professional Development

"Archives: Principles and Practices." Pre-conference workshop, Society of American Archivists Annual Conference.  Washington, DC.  August 2014.

North Carolina Library Association 60th Biennial Conference.  Winston-Salem, NC.  October 2013. 

"Assessment Beyond Statistics: A Mini-Conference Devoted to Issues in Academic Library Assessment." NCLA College and University Section mini-conference. Lexington, NC. November 2012

North Carolina Library Association Leadership Institute. Asheboro, NC. October 2012

Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012

North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference. Hickory, NC. October 2011.

Association of College & Research Libraries Biennial Conference. Philadelphia, PA. March 2011.

"Library Instruction at the Point of Need.” NCLA College and University Section mini-conference. Lexington, NC. October 2010.

“Library Instruction 2.0.” NCLA College and University Section Library mini-conference. Chapel Hill, NC. November 2008.

Awards

North Carolina Library Association Leadership Institute (2012)

Brantley Award (for graduate with highest grade point average), Louisburg College (1990)

Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Louisburg College (1989)