Chris Jowaisas

CV Senior Research Scientist, Technology & Social Change Group
Bloedel Hall 070


  • Public Libraries
  • Open Data


Chris is a senior research scientist at the University of Washington’s Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group. Previously, Chris was a Senior Program Officer for the Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior roles include grants management at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and technology management at the Texas Library Association. Chris also served in multiple roles from 1997 – 2006 in the US Library Program at the Gates Foundation. His research interests include how public libraries support cultivating, producing, and sustaining local knowledge; how public libraries participate in and leverage open data ecosystems for the benefit of their communities; and how serendipity happens in the intersections of physical and digital spaces in which public libraries operate. He also still regales his 3 children with dreams of packing up the library gig and taking over the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds. Chris holds an MLIS from University of Michigan and BA from University of Oklahoma.


  • MLIS, University of Michigan, 1995


  • Public Library Association

Publications and Contributions


  • Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and Policy Implications from a Technology Access and Distribution Program for Low-income Job Seekers (2021)
    TPRC2021: The Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy. - Virtual
  • E-rate Funding and Libraries: Preliminary Analysis of Trends Post-Modernization (2021)
    iConference 2021 - Beijing, China
  • Advancing Library Visibility in Africa (2019)
    3rd African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) Conference & 5th African Library Summit - Nairobi
  • Ensuring the Future of Libraries: Connecting the Academy and the Profession (2018)
    Public Library Association Conference - Philadelphia, PA