Heather Bowden is the Director of Special Collections and Archives in the CU Boulder Libraries Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department. She has a PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she developed her research on digital preservation in archives and libraries. She has her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver, and her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from New Mexico State University. Bowden is the President of the Board of ArtHive, a new non-profit arts archive and library project in Denver, and has been a Research Associate with the Long Now Foundation since 2007. She brings over a decade of experience with archives and a deep love of preserving our rich cultural heritage to this exciting collaborative effort.
Head of Archives
Megan K. Friedel is Head of Archives in the CU Boulder Libraries Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department. She received her MS in Library and Information Science in 2002 and an MA in History in 2004, both from Simmons College and also holds a BA in English from Amherst College. Megan was previously Curator of Photography at the History Colorado museum in Denver and, prior to that, has held positions as an archivist at the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library, Oregon Historical Society, and Massachusetts Historical Society. Her areas of research include the visual history of the American West, advocacy for under-represented communities in archives, and archival outreach involving collaborative community engagement.
Kalyani Fernando is a Project Archivist at CU Boulder Libraries Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department, and is processing recent additions to the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for archives and special collections took shape at History Colorado as a Collections & Library Assistant, then later as a Research Librarian, where she worked with artifacts and manuscript materials to create pop-up exhibits for the Stephen H. Hart Library. Before obtaining her MLIS, Kalyani worked in academic book publishing, and acquired projects focused on the American West, environmental history, and ran the series CultureAmerica. She is enthusiastic and committed to making history engaging and accessible to the larger university community, and is excited to contribute to this dynamic partnership.
Linda has over seven years of university administration experience at Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Comparative Literature, and The Center for Digital Humanities. She also has over seven years of nonprofit management experience at various synagogues in northern California and central New Jersey. Linda earned an MBA in marketing from West Texas A&M and a BS in Marketing from SUNY, Fashion Institute of Technology. Linda is an avid cross-country skier, prolific nature photographer, and proud mother of two of daughters.