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Melissa Becher

Melissa Becher

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 instruction to the AU community. She implements new web-based library services and plays a role in improving user interfaces to the the library's research 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
Raptor Red, by Robert T. Bakker
University Library
Bender Library - B34
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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.  Published online at:

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. Published online at:

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

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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. Her research agenda focuses on how the academic library intersects with broader trends in higher education. Three areas of current interest are assessment in higher education, web technology, and the academic workforce.

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