Melissa Anderson

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  • Subject Areas:
    • Business
    • Economics
    • English
    • University Seminar

Contact Information

Current Committees

  • SOU Campus
  • Faculty Senate (2017 to present)
  • Senate Advisory Council (2018 to present)
  • Student Learning Experience Survey Committee (2020 to present)
  • Assessment Committee (2020 to present)

Regional & National Committees

  • OLA EDI & Antriracism Special Committee (2020 to present)
  • ACRL Instruction Section Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee (2019 to present
  • RUSA Research Help in Academic Libraries Committee (2020 to present)
  • ACRL Literatures in English Research Competencies Working Group (starting July 2021)

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, M. (Forthcoming 2022). The literature of climate change and information literacy instruction. In D. Rosenthal (Ed.), Teaching the literature of climate change. MLA Publications.
  • Anderson, M. (Forthcoming 2021). [Review of the book Supporting neurodiverse college student success: A guide for librarians, support services, and academic learning environments by E.M.H. Coghill & J.G. Coghill, eds.). Public Services Quarterly, 17(3).
  • Anderson, M. (2020). Information literacy instruction: Frameworks, pedagogies, and practices. Choice, 57(11), 1165-1170.
  • Anderson, M. (2020). [Review of the book Envisioning the future of reference: Trends, reflections, and innovations by D. Zabel & L. Reiter, eds.). Public Services Quarterly, 16(4), 247-248.
  • Anderson, M. (2020). [Review of the book Instructional design for LIS professionals: a guide for teaching librarians and information science professionals by M. A. Wong.]. College and Research Libraries, 81(6), 1043-1045.
  • Anderson, M. (2019). [Review of the book Transforming information literacy instruction: Threshold concepts in theory and practice by A. Hofer, S. Lin Hanick, & L. Townsend]. Public Services Quarterly, 15(2).
  • Anderson, M. (2018). [Review of the book Learner-centered pedagogy: Principles and practice by M. Klipfel & D. Brecher Cook]. College and Research Libraries, 79(7), 998-1000.
  • Anderson, M. (2018). [Review of the book Assessing library spaces for learning by S. Montgomery, ed.]. Public Services Quarterly, 14(1), 55-56. doi:10.1080/15228959.2018.1415508
  • Anderson, M. (2019). [Review of the book Digital literacy unpacked by K. Reedy & J. Parker, eds]. College and Research Libraries, 80(4), 578-580. 
  • Anderson, M. (2017). [Review of the book Information literacy and writing studies in conversation: Reenvisioning library-writing program connection by A. Baer]. College and Research Libraries, 78(7), 999-1001. doi:10.5860/crl.78.7.999
  • Anderson, M. (2016). Rethinking assessment: Information literacy instruction and the ACRL Framework. School of Information Student Research Journal, 5(2).

Selected Presentations

  • Anderson, M. & Miller-Francisco, E. (2020). Succession planning in uncertain times: Restructuring the library from the ground up [Poster]. Presented online June 24-26, 2020 at the ALA Annual Conference.
  • Anderson, M. & Hocevar, K. (2020). Teaching online health literacy at the university level [Poster]. Presented online June 8, 2020 at the IST 2020 Health Information Behavior online event.
  • Anderson, M. & Lane, D. (2020). A collaborative approach to more equitable and useful evaluations. Presented February 1, 2020 at the 2020 OWHE Annual Conference in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.
  • Anderson, M. (2019). Closing the loop on instruction with desk statistics. Presented at the Reference Summit on May 31, 2019 in Corvallis, OR.

Campus Activities

  • Rotaract Faculty Advisor

Professional Memberships

  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Oregon Library Association
  • Association for Information Science and Technology
  • Modern Language Association
  • Reference and User Services Association


  • MLIS, San José State University School of Information, 2016
  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 2012
  • MA, Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, 1996
  • BA, French & English Literatures, University of California, San Diego, 1994

Previous Experience

  • University of Portland, Adjunct Instruction Librarian 2016–2017
  • Portland State University, Reference Librarian 2016–2017
  • San José State University School of Information, Assistant to Director of Marketing and Communications 2014–2016
  • Mendocino Small Business Development Center & Women’s Business Center, Program Coordinator & Advisor 2011–2014
  • Le Garçon Boulanger (France), Marketing Manager 2005–2008
  • University of Chicago, Lector & Instructor, 2000–2005, Assistant Director University Writing Program, 2004–2005