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Mike Wells became Library Director at Wilmington College in June 2022. Prior to this role, Mike served briefly as the Assistant Library Director at Wilmington Public Library, and before that as the Library Director / Copyright Officer at Thomas More University for four years. He has also worked as the Systems Librarian at Northern Kentucky University, as the Library/IT Director at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and before that, was the Manager of the Center for Information Management at Miami University (Ohio).
He is a graduate of Kent State University with a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. In 2017, he was the winner of the EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship, and was also nominated for the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for research in libraries and information technology. His recognition with both were due to his progressive view of technology use in libraries and a willingness to pursue scholarship that was innovative to both academic and public libraries.
Mike is a husband and father of three children, an avid amateur radio operator, and a fly fisherman in his spare time. In May 2022, he was elected to serve as a Commissioner on the South Lebanon (Ohio) City Charter Commission.
- Association of Christian Librarians (ACL)
- Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL)
- Clinton County (Ohio) Amateur Radio Association (CCARA)
- National Museum of the US Air Force Foundation
- Open-Source technology use in libraries.
- STEM Educational opportunities in library environments.
- Establishing and supporting “Friends of the Library” groups.
- Public/Private partnerships with academic and public libraries.
- Exploring cost control and revenue generating possibilities for academic libraries.
- Advising and supporting information startup organizations.
Andrea Falcone (2020) Perspectives on Public Services, International Information & Library Review, DOI: 10.1080/10572317.2020.1746028
Article Title: "Bringing a Small Academic Library Back from the Brink" - Michael Wells, MLIS
Wells, Michael D. (2018) “WSPRing Pi” and the Solar Eclipse. CQ Amateur Radio Magazine: Vol. 74, Iss. 3 Feature Article 4.
Wells, Michael D. and Rosenbeck, Craig (2016) The Crossroads of Embracing Content Management: Using the BeagleBone Black Microcomputer to Host Omeka. Advances in the Study of Information and Religion: Vol. 5, Article 5. Available at: https://digitalcommons.kent.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://scholar.google.com/&httpsredir;=1&article;=1045&context;=asir
Wells, M. (2014). Doing Good with a Slice of Pi: Ideas for Using the Raspberry Pi as a Low-Cost Information Platform in Libraries. Christian Librarian, 57(2), 102–108
November 2022 – Program Presentation – 2022 Charleston Conference, “The Polarization Antidote: How a Method for Comparing News Sources, and an Understanding of Bias, Can Counteract Divisiveness.” with Harleen Kaur (Ground News) and Michael Walmsley (Baker & Taylor).
October 2019 – Program Presentation – Kentucky Library Association (KLA) Conference, “Open to a New Era: Koha as the Strategic Foundation to a Library Re-conception.” with Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator – ByWater Solutions. https://bywatersolutions.com/news/open-to-a-new-era-koha-as-the-strategic-foundation-to-library-re-conception
March 2018 – Presentation – Northern Kentucky University Steely Library: Exploring Energy, Environment, and Space Resources for the P-12 Educator, Presentation Title: “Amateur Radio in the Classroom.”