Dean of Libraries, Emerita

Connie Vinita Dowell

Connie Vinita Dowell

"My purpose here is to help plan the best possible library for our great university-- building on our strengths and capturing the ideas and great energy that make Vanderbilt the remarkable and special place it is. Our Chancellor has challenged us to envision "a destination library" and I know we will. " Connie Vinita Dowell


Connie Vinita Dowell ’79 joined Vanderbilt University as Dean of Libraries in 2009. She is an alumna of Vanderbilt University, having received her Master of Library Science from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Prior to her arrival at Vanderbilt as Dean of Libraries, she served as Dean of Library and Information Access at San Diego State University for ten years. She has served as Vice President for Information Services, Chief Information Officer and Librarian at Connecticut College.

Dean Dowell has received several national awards. She is a three-time recipient of the John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award from the American Library Association. In 2008 she received the SirsiDynix-American Library Association-Allied Professional Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

Under Dean Dowell’s leadership, Vanderbilt’s Heard Library has undergone extensive physical enhancements, adding renovated and newly created spaces for student use and new Special Collections exhibit galleries and spaces, for which the library was awarded Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). She has served on many boards, national committees, and regularly presents at conferences. She currently serves on the Board of the Association of Research Libraries.