Director of the Library, Archives, & Learning Center
Russell Michalak, MLIS is the Director of the Library & Learning Center at Goldey-Beacom College. I oversee the annual budget, supervises librarians and paraprofessionals, manages the delivery of research, information, instructional services, the tutoring center, and archives.
Before joining GBC, I worked in various roles at the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Duke University, Wisconsin Historical Society, and the University of Utah for the following departments Special Collections, archives, and digital collections. I earned my MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BA in History from Occidental College.
My current research agenda focuses on library assessment, collection analysis, evaluating educational technology tools, and information literacy-related assessment, with an emphasis on utilizing online training modules to increase students’ information literacy skills and curbing plagiarism. In addition, I have focused on implementing and assessing online onboarding training modules to train and retain employees across many departments across the college. I strive to collaborate with colleagues in the institutional research department by presenting, publishing, and facilitating training for faculty such as SoTL by Design.