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Staff Biography

Melinda Dermody

Melinda Dermody

Head, Access & Resource Sharing
Access & Resource Sharing
Bird Library


Professional Interests

Digital delivery of library and information services and resources; library leadership and facilitation; information and service access; marketing library resources and services; indexing


  • MLIS, University of Texas at Austin

  • MA, English, Ohio State University

  • BA, English, Ohio State University

Previous professional positions

  • Head, Arts & Humanities Services, Syracuse University, 2005-2009

  • Head, Belfer Audio Archive, Syracuse University, 2007-2009

  • Interim Head, Social Sciences and Area Studies, Syracuse University, 2008-2009

  • Access Services Coordinator, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, 2000-2005

  • Head of Public Services, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 1998-2000

  • Electronic Resources Librarian, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 1996-1998

  • Assistant Librarian, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Alamogordo, NM, 1994-1996

Publications and Presentations (selected)

  • Co-Editor: The Business of Libraries, special issue of College and Undergraduate Libraries, Fall 2015.

  • Conference Presentation: “A Library Storage Facility’s Success Through Service and Integration.” Access Services Conference.  Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA., November 2014.

  • Publication, article: Connect: A Panoramic View of Opportunities for Libraries,” College & Undergraduate Libraries, 2014, vol. 21, issue 1.

  • Conference Panel Coordinator/Moderator: “Libraries in the Publishing Game: New Roles from Content to Access.” American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 2014.

  • Webinar Panel Moderator: “The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off,” ACRL e-Learning Webcast, March 24, 2014.

  • Column Editor: “Connect” in College and Undergraduate Libraries, a peer- reviewed library journal 2013-present.

  • Conference Panel Coordinator/Moderator: “Riding the Publishing Rollercoaster: Practical Strategies from Research to Writing.” American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, June 2012.

  • Instructor "Library Marketing, Planning and Assessment," IST 613, Syracuse University, Summer 2008. Taught a full credit summer graduate course on creating and implementing project, marketing and assessment plans for libraries.

  • Grant Mellon Foundation, Co-Project Manager, “Cataloging Historical 78-rpm Sound Recordings in the Belfer Audio Archive” to catalog archival audio recordings, 2008-present

  • Grant Delmas Foundation, Project Leader, Belfer Cylinders Digital Connection, project to digitize and delivery archival audio cylinder recordings, 2007-present

  • Publication, article Dermody, M. (2005). We Cannot See Them, But They Are There: Marketing Library Services to Distance Learners Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 2(1), 41-50.

  • Publication, article Dermody, M. & Schleper, S. (2004). Supervising: What They Didn’t Teach You in Library School College and Research Library News, 65(6),306-308.

  • Publication, chapter of book Dermody, M. (2003). Preferred Qualifications: Ability to Think Conceptually. In K. Bridges (Ed.), Expectations of Librarians in the 21st Century (77-79). Westport, CT.: Greenwood Publishing.

  • Presentation, roundtable discussion Supervising: A Primer, ACRL Conference, 2005, Minneapolis, MN, co-presented with Susan Schleper.

  • Instructor "Information Quest," Information Media 104, St. Cloud State University, Spring 2001, Fall 2001. Developed and taught a 3 credit semester-long information literacy course meeting a general education requirement for the Center for Information Media.

  • Editor Technology Column, (2001-2003). Public Services Quarterly.. Served as column editor for a peer-reviewed library science journal.

  • Conference presentation “E-Reserves from Text to Video: How We Did It.” Minnesota Library Association, St. Paul, MN, 2002.

  • Publication, back-of-the-book indexes created and published back-of-the-book indexes for the following books (selection), 1999-present

    • Classic Country Estates of Lake Forest: Architecture and Landscape Design, 1856-1940. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

    • Thousand Hearts Devotion: A History of Monmouth College. Monmouth, IL.: Monmouth College Press, 2002.

    • American South: A History. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001.

    • Northwestern University: Celebrating 150 years. Evanston, IL.: Northwestern University Press, 2000.

    • Thirty Miles North: A History of Lake Forest College, Its Towns and Its City of Chicago. Lake Forest, IL.: Lake Forest College Press, 2000.

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