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Melissa Becher

Melissa Becher

Associate Librarian University Library

Additional Positions at AU

  • Associate Director, Research, Teaching, and Learning
  • Subject Advisor, Art History
Melissa Becher is a Reference/Instruction Librarian and Associate Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning at AU Library. She provides research assistance and information literacy insturction to the AU community. She implements new web-based library services and plays a role in improving user interfaces to the the library's reseach systems.


Master of Science, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Favorite Spot on Campus
AU Library Research Assistance Desk
Book Currently Reading
Three Sisters, Three Queens, by Philippa Gregory
University Library
Bender Library - 109
Contact Info
(202) 885-3263

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For the Media
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Beta Phi Mu
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications

Becher, Melissa, "Factors Impacting Library Visibility on Academic Institution Home Pages," Journal of Academic Librarianship 41 (5): 621-628.

Becher, Melissa, "Instruction Coordinators and Higher Education Accreditation,"  Journal of Academic Librarianship 39 (6): 573-581. Published online at

Becher, Melissa and Kari Schmidt, "Taking Discovery Systems for a Test Drive," Journal of Web Librarianship 5 (3): 199-219.

Becher, Melissa and Janice Flug, "Using Student Focus Groups to Inform Library Planning and Marketing," College and Undergraduate Libraries 12 (1/2): 1-18.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: library science, Web services, information literacy, assessment

Additional Information: Melissa Becher is associate director of Research, Teaching, and Learning at American University Library.  In addition to assisting students and faculty with their research, she implements Web-based library services.  Becher is the coauthor of "Taking Discovery Systems for a Test Drive," to be published in the Journal of Web Librarianship in late 2011.

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