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Melissa Becher Librarian University Library

Additional Positions at AU
Associate Director, Research, Teaching, and Learning
Subject Advisor, Art History
Degrees
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
Bio
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.
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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:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2015.06.019

Becher, Melissa, "Instruction Coordinators and Higher Education Accreditation,"  Journal of Academic Librarianship 39 (6): 573-581. Published online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0099133313000578

Becher, Melissa and Kari Schmidt, "Taking Discovery Systems for a Test Drive," Journal of Web Librarianship 5 (3): 199-219. Published online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19322909.2011.583134

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J106v12n01_01

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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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Librarian Profile: Melissa Becher

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Librarian Profile: Melissa Becher

This third article in a series of librarian profiles focuses on Associate Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Melissa Becher. With her interest in history, art, and geek culture, Melissa is an ideal resource for students of all disciplines.
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