Elizabeth Cowell Appointed University Librarian

Elizabeth Cowell

M. Elizabeth Cowell is Associate University Librarian for Public Services at UCSC who joined the campus in 2008. She is a passionate champion of the vital role the modern academic library can play in supporting the research and instructional mission of the university. She is also a tireless advocate for ensuring that libraries meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff.


Elizabeth brings more than 10 years of management experience in the UC system to this interim appointment. Deeply engaged in UC and national library networks, Elizabeth was recently appointed to the Depository Library Council of the United States Government Printing Office and is current chair of UC's Systemwide Operations, Planning and Advisory Group.


Her appointment begins July 15 and will last through June 2014, or until the search for a permanent University Librarian concluded. As previously announced, University Librarian Virginia Steel will assume the post of University Librarian at UCLA on July 15.