Melissa Atkinson

Melissa Atkinson

Associate Professor

School of Educational Leadership

Office: 372 Brown Library (LIB)

(325) 674-4811

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Regent Univrsty (correct CEEB), Education, 2019
  • MS, University of North Texas, Library Science, 2000
  • BS, Abilene Christian University, Mathematics, 1994


Melissa Atkinson has been a librarian at ACU for 19 years serving in various roles: Reference Librarian, Electronic Services, Web Services, and now as Online Learning Librarian. She holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education from ACU, a master's in Library Science from UNT, and recently earned a PhD in Distance Education from Regent University (VA).

Books and Publications

  • Atkinson, M. (2019) The Relationship Between Metaliteracy Pretest, Posttest, and Metacognitive Strategies For Library Research Skills Scale: Creating a Metaliteracy Course For Online Ed.D. Students (Dissertation),
  • Atkinson, M. (2019) Review of Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakeable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe,
  • Atkinson, M. (2018) Review of The Negro Leagues: Celebrating Baseball's Unsung Heroes by Matt Doeden,
  • Atkinson, M. (2018) Review of Stickmen's Guide to Math by John Farndon,
  • Atkinson, M. (2018) Review of Squares, Rectangles, and Other Quadrilaterals by David A. Adler,

Scholarly Presentations

  • Atkinson, M. (2019) The Relationship Between Metaliteracy Pretest, Posttest, and Metacognitive Strategies for Library Research Skills Scale: Creating a Metaliteracy course for online Ed.D. students (Adams Center Presentation), Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, 2019
  • Atkinson, M. (2019) The Pursuit of Lifelong Learning Through Information Literacy: Development, Results, and Practical Implications of a Metaliteracy Course for Online Doctoral Students, Christian Scholars Conference, Lubbock, TX, 2019
  • Atkinson, M. (2019) To Frame or Not to Frame: Creating a Course for Online Ed.D. Students Using Metaliteracy Goals and Objectives (Poster), American Librarian Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2019
  • Atkinson, M. (2017) Distance Services to Online Students: Best Practices, Challenges, and Future Directions, Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2017
  • Atkinson, M. (2016) Post, Tweet, Retweet, Repeat: Does Managing Facebook and Twitter in a Small Academic Library Matter? (Poster), American Librarian Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 2016

Professional Service

  • ACRL Distance Learning Section Award Committee, Co-chair, 2018 - present
  • ACRL Distance Learning Section Awards Committee, Member, 2017 - 2018
  • ACRL College Libraries Section Communications & Membership Committee, Committee Chair, 2015 - 2017

Community Service

  • Hillcrest Church of Christ 5th Grade Assistant, Other, 2016 - present
  • Buffalo Gap Karing for Kids Charity Organizer, Other, 2012 - 2016

Campus Service

  • Faculty Senate Secretary, 2018 - present
  • Faculty Senate Secretary, 2008 - 2012
  • Abilene Library Consortium Serials Committee, Committee Member, 2004 - 2017