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.
  • 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:

    Titian: His Life, by Sheila Hale

  • University Library
  • Bender Library - 109

  • (202) 885-3263
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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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