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About Michael S. Bowman

Michael Bowman joined the PSU Library faculty in 1992. Since that time he has successfully worked with instructional and research faculty in departments such as Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. His subject knowledge and expertise in Science and Technology is combined with a deep understanding of Library resources in all their varied forms. In addition, he is able to span the range of knowledge needed to assist both the specialist working on a research project and the student in need of general information for a survey course.

Michael has the remarkable ability to think in the future while not neglecting the needs of the present. He has been described as being “always ahead of the curve on new ideas and technologies available to [Library] patrons.” He played a leadership role in the planning and realization of the Library’s Research and Learning Center where he is now Coordinator of Reference and Information Services. A colleague has described Michael Bowman as “the ultimate objective viewer of every situation [who] will also integrate the views of others into his solutions.”

Michael Bowman combines a superior level of subject expertise with the highest standards of professional excellence. He approaches problems with “unwavering affability” and always manages to get the job done no matter how difficult it may be. He is, in the words of one who wrote in support of Michael: “The model of a librarian for the 21st century.”


August 2016 Present Interim Assistant University Librarian, Portland State University University Library
Present Associate Professor, University Librarian, Portland State University University Library
Present Engineering Librarian, Data Management Coordinator, and Comics Librarian, Portland State University University Library

Research Interests

Honors and Awards

  • Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Library Faculty Service Award, June 2003
  • Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service in Support of Research Scientists. Sigma Xi: The Science Research Society, Portland State University Chapter, June 1998

Articles (6)

Presentations (8)