- Additional Positions at AU
- Associate Director, Research, Teaching, and Learning
- Collection Manager, Art
- 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
- The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels, by Jan Bondeson
- I have built a career on supporting research with technology and improving users' experiences with technology platforms. I administer AU Library's research guide platform, our FAQ, and our chat service. and I play a role in maintaining the Library website. I conduct user testing for the library and have done so for other offices on campus. I recently added Omeka S to the list of platforms I support.
Becher, Melissa. "Understanding the Experience of Full-Time Nontenure Track Library Faculty: Numbers, Treatment, and Job Satisfaction." Journal of Academic Librarianship 45, no. 3 (2019): 213-219. Published onlinei at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2019.02.015.
Becher, Melissa, "Factors Impacting Library Visibility on Academic Institution Home Pages," Journal of Academic Librarianship 41, no. 5 (2015): 621-628. Published online at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2015.06.019
Becher, Melissa, "Instruction Coordinators and Higher Education Accreditation: a Study of Awareness and Assessment Documentation Use." Journal of Academic Librarianship 39, no. 6 (2013): 573-581. Published online at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2013.04.003
Becher, Melissa and Kari Schmidt, "Taking Discovery Systems for a Test Drive," Journal of Web Librarianship 5, no. 3 (2011): 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, no. 1/2 (2006): 1-18. Published online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J106v12n01_01
Area of Expertise
Library science, Web services, information literacy, assessment
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.