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Melissa Becher Librarian University Library

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.
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For the Media
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

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:

Becher, Melissa, "Factors Impacting Library Visibility on Academic Institution Home Pages," Journal of Academic Librarianship 41, no. 5 (2015): 621-628.  Published online at:

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:

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:

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:

AU Experts

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.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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