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

  • Data visualization tool
    Development and Access to Information Dashboards (DA2i) (2020)
    Authors: Maria Garrido, Daniel Rekshan, Manisha Vyas, Lucas Koepke, Bree Norlander, Chris Rothschild, Araba Sey, Chris Jowaisas
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Benefits of Crowdsourcing for Libraries in the Global South: A Case Study from Africa (2020)
    The IFLA Journal Authors: Renee Lynch, Jason Young, Stanley Boakye-Achampong, Chris Jowaisas, Joel Sam
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Public Libraries and Development Across Sub-Saharan Africa: Overcoming a Problem of Perception
    Authors: Jason Young, Renee Lynch, Stanley Boakye-Achampong, Chris Jowaisas, Joel Sam


  • 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