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Brian Mikesell

Director, Alumni Library


Areas of Specialization

Library instruction, planning, and leadership; instructional technology; information ethics; visual representation of information

Other Areas of Interest

Ikebana, horticulture, ceramics, book arts

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

LR 115m Information Design
LR 122m Information Privilege
LR 110m Beyond Google
SART 115m Introduction to Ikebana
Game of Tomes (Academy) 
Illuminating Manuscripts (Academy)

Digital Data: Make Information Matter (Academy)


MS in Library & Information Science (Beta Phi Mu), Long Island University
MA in Photography, New York University
BFA in Photography & BA in Folklore (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Indiana University
Level I Certificate in Horticulture, Berkshire Botanical Garden/Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Level 12 Certificate (Sokakyo) in Ikebana, Ikenobo Society of Floral Art, Kyoto

Brian has worked in libraries for more than 30 years, starting as a student in his university library, then working in a variety of positions in a number of libraries, ultimately attending library school and taking on additional roles as a professional. Before becoming the director of the Alumni Library at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2010, he was Associate University Librarian for Systems and Services at the St. John’s University Libraries and previously worked at New York University’s Bobst Library and Indiana University’s Lilly Library and Main Library. He has presented regularly at conferences, published, and participated actively in library organizations. His teaching experience includes courses taught both in person and online at the graduate level for the Palmer School of Library and Information Science (Long Island University) and the Division of Library and Information Science (St. John’s University) as well as courses taught at the undergraduate level for St. John’s University and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.



Walk, Meghann, Brian Mikesell, Matthew Harrick, and Teresa Tartaglione. "Libraries and the early college: notes from the field," Informed Transitions : Libraries supporting the high school to college transition. Ed. Kenneth J. Burhanna. Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, 2013.

“eServices in Libraries: Online Teaching Resources for Faculty,” Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2004, p. 91-97.

“Anything, Anytime, Anywhere: Proxy Servers, Shibboleth, and the Dream of the Digital Library,” Journal of Library Administration. Vol. 41, No.1/2, 2004, p. 315-326.

“Fee or Free? New Commercial Services are Changing the Equation,” Journal of Library Administration. Vol. 37, No. 3/4, 2002, p. 465-475.

“Developing a Web-Based Interactive Tutorial for an Information Literacy Program,” InfoToday E-Libraries 2002. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2002.



Co-presenter with KellyAnne McGuire, "Metaliteracy for Resilience: Setting Students up for Success," New England Library Instruction Group Annual Program


Co-presenter with KellyAnne McGuire, “Learn Forward: An Information Studies Curriculum for the 21st Century,” Connecticut Information Literacy Conference                      


Co-presenter, “Online Tutorials for Distance Learners,” eLit Conference, Glasgow, Scotland


Panelist, “Beyond the MLS: Today’s Graduates and Tomorrow’s Academic Libraries,” American Library Association Annual Conference, Orlando

Co-presenter, “Just-in-Time Instruction: Targeted eTutorials,” eLit Conference, New York

Presenter, “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere: Proxy Servers, Shibboleth, and the Dream of the Digital Library,” Eleventh Off-Campus Library Services Conference


Presenter, “Virtual Patrons, Virtual Librarians: Why Telework Should be the Next Step in Digital Libraries,” Learning Times Library Online Conference


Co-presenter, “Developing a Web-Based Interactive Tutorial for an Information Literacy Program,” InfoToday E-Libraries Conference

Presenter, “Fee or Free? New Commercial Services are Changing the Equation,” Tenth Off-Campus Library Services Conference

Panelist, “Information Literacy: What Public Libraries can do to Prepare Students for College,” Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization/WLS Joint Meeting

Invited Speaker, “Live Online Reference using Reference Desk Live,” Digital Resources and International Information Exchange


Panelist, “Library Special: eReference,” Learning Week Live Webcast

Featured Guest, “Academic Librarianship in an eLearning World,” Learning Week Live Webcast