Maria Bonn

Associate Professor, MSLIS and CAS Program Director

PhD, American Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo

Room 4125, 614 E. Daniel St.

(734) 417-6937

Research focus

Publishing, scholarly communication, networked communication, the economics of information, open culture, and next generation librarianship.

Honors and Awards

  • 2004 Selected participant in the Center for Education of Women Advanced Leadership Seminar 
  • 2005 Scholarship winner, Bear River Writer’s Conference

  • 2005 University Library Faculty Achievement Award


Maria Bonn teaches courses on academic librarianship and the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. Prior to her teaching appointment, Bonn served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including Michigan Publishing. Bonn has also been an assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, master's and doctoral degrees in American literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master's in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

Office hours

Tuesdays 10 – 11 a.m. and by appointment. Guests and students should feel free to stop in whenever her office door is open.

Publications & Papers


Bonn, M., Bolick, J., and Cross, W. (Eds). (2023). Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Knowledge. Association of College and Research Libraries.

Maria Bonn and Michael Furlough, eds Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers. ACRL Publications in Librarianship, 2015. 

A Report on the PEAK Experiment: Usage and Economic Behavior,” with Wendy P. Lougee, Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason, and Juan F. Riveros. D-Lib Magazine, Vol 5., no. 7/8 (July/August 1999).

“Publishing, Libraries, Publishers and Librarians: Shared Passions and Complementary Skills.” Against the Grain, January 2015. pp. 20-21.

“Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues.” With Joshua Bolick and Will Cross. Against The Grain, September, 2017. Pp. 23-24.

“Free exchange of ideas: Experimenting with the open access monograph.” College and Research Library News. September 2010.

“Tooling up: Scholarly communication education and training.” College and Research Library News, March 2014. 

“Maximizing the benefits of open access: Strategies for enhancing the discovery of open access content.” College and Research Library News, October 2015.

“Computation, corpus, community: The HathiTrust Research Center today.” College and Research Library News, April 2016.

“Collaborating and communicating: Humanities scholars working and talking together.” College & Research Libraries News [Online], 78.4 (2017) May 2017. 206-209




“Intangible Cultural Heritage: A Call for Research.” ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Copenhagen, Denmark, October 18, 2016.

“You Set the Scene: Three Faculty-Centered Approaches to Digital Publishing from Mellon’s 2015-16 Scholarly Communication Initiative.” Charleston Library Conference, Charleston, SC. Nov. 4, 2016.

“Humanities Collaboration and Research Practices.” A Marketplace of Ideas session at the National Humanities Alliance annual conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. November 11, 2016.

Megan Senseney, LaTesha Velez, Christopher R. Maden, Janet Swatscheno, Maria Bonn, Harriett Green, Katrina Fenlon . Informing Library-Based Digital Publishing: A Survey of Scholars’ Needs in a Contemporary Publishing Environment). Digital Humanities conference. Montreal, Canada. August, 2017.

Harriett Elizabeth Green, Megan Senseney, Maria Bonn.  Collaborations in the Global Midwest: The Diffusion of DH Values in Research Collaborations in the Humanities Without. Digital Humanities conference. Montreal, Canada. August, 2017.

“What Do Those Scholars Want, Anyway? Understanding the needs of scholars in a contemporary publishing environment.” Charleston Library Conference, Charleston, SC. Nov. 9, 2017.

Joshua Bolick, William Cross, Maria Bonn. “Walking the Walk for Open Pedagogy: Community Design of a Shared Open Educational Resource about Scholarly Communication for Librarians and Learners.” Open Education Conference, Anaheim California, October 12, 2017

“What Do They Want Anyway? : Understanding the needs of scholars in a contemporary publishing environment. Researcher To Reader, 2018. London, U.K., February 27, 2018.

Joshua Bolick, William Cross, Maria Bonn. “Soup from a Stone: Collective Development of Open Educational Resources that Welcome Underrepresented Voices to Scholarly Communication.” The Collective. Knoxville, TN. March 1, 2108.

“Collective Development of Open Educational Resources in Scholarly Communication .” Session for Interaction and engagement. iConference 2018. Sheffield, U.K. March 26, 2018.


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