Here is a list of selected publications. You can find some in full-text format in three locations:

Humanities Commons

Temple University TUScholarShare

Archived Blogs and Columns:

Library Journal 2009 – 2019 “From the Bell Tower” and “Leading From the Library”

Designing Better Libraries  2005 – 2018


Clarke, Rachel Ivy and Bell, Steven J. Attitudes and Perceptions Toward Design Thinking in Graduate-Level Library Education Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 62 (3), July 2021 pp. 303-325

Bell, Steven J. Taking OER to the LIS: Designing and Developing an Open Education Course for Library Science Students International Journal of Open Education Resources V. 4 No. 1, May 2021
doi: 10.18278/ijoer.4.1.6

Bell, Steven J. Farewell Print Textbook Reserves: A COVID-19 Change to Embrace. EDUCAUSE Review, January-February 2021.


Bell, Steven J. Getting Organized for Action: Governance Structure Models for Statewide OER Projects. Library Trends, Vol. 69 No. 2 Fall 2020.
DOI: 10.1353/lib.2020.0037

Bell, Steven J. Library Leaders Are Failing Librarianship: Soft Skills for Human Library Leadership. (video presentation) Library 2.0 Conference, March 10, 2020


Bell, Steven J. and Johnson, Annie. We’re Listening: Try a Textbook Listening Tour to Advance an OER Initiative. College & Research Libraries News 80(6): 317-24, June 2019.

Bell, Steven J. Learning from Crucible Moments: Lessons in Crisis Leadership. Library Leadership & Management 33(2), 2019.


Bell, Steven J. Course Materials Adoption: A Faculty Survey and Outlook for the OER Landscape. CHOICE White Paper, October 2018.

Bell, Steven J. Design Thinking + User Experience = Better Designed Libraries. Information Outlook, July/August 2018, V. 22(4)

Clarke, Rachel Ivy and Bell, Steven J. Transitioning from the MLS to the MLD: Integrating Design Thinking and Philosophy into Library and Information Science Education, In Re-envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education. Published online: 27 Mar 2018; 195-214.


Bell, Steven J. and Salem, Joe. It’s Up to the Librarians: Establishing a Statewide OER Initiative. Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, Fall 2017

Bell, Steven J. What About the Bookstore? C&RL News 78(7): 375-377, 384, July/August 2017.
Bell, Steven J. Why Must It Be Print? Inside Higher Ed (online). January 30, 2017.


Bell, Steven J. Wikipedia: From Academic Pariah to Campus Learning Partner. Library Issues
36(5):1-4, May 2016.


Bell, Steven J. ed., Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership. Santa Barbara, California :
Mission Bell Media, 2015.

Bell, Steven J. Life, Library and the Pursuit of Happiness. Library Journal (online edition).
October 7, 2015.

Bell, Steven J. It’s All About the Experience: UX For Academic Libraries. Library Issues 36(1):
1-4, September 2015.

Bell, Steven J. Start a Textbook Revolution, Continued: Librarians Lead the Way with Open
Educational Resources. Library Issues 35(5): 1-4, May 2015.

Bell, Steven J., Lorcan Dempsey and Barbara Fister. New Roles For the Road Ahead: Essays
Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary. Chicago, Illinois : Association of College and
Research Libraries, 2015.

Bell, Steven J. Open vs. Closed: Achieving the Optimal Library Office Ecosystem. Library
Issues 35(3): 1-4, January 2015.


Bell, Steven J., Nicole Allen and Marilyn Billings. Spreading the Word, Building a Community:
Vision for a National Librarians OER Movement. Against the Grain 26(5):14-16, November

Bell, Steven J. Collections Are For Collisions: Designing It Into the Experience. American
Libraries 45(9-10) 46-49, September-October 2014.

Bell, Steven J. Staying True to the Core: Designing the Future Academic Library Experience.
Portal: Libraries and the Academy 14(3) 369-382, July 2014.

Bell, Steven J. The Great Age of Experimentation: What’s Good for Higher Education is Good
for Academic Libraries. Library Issues 34(5), May 2014.

Bell, Steven J. Retention Matters, But It’s Not the Only Thing That Counts. Information Outlook
18(1) 11-14, January-February 2014.


Bell, Steven J. Open to the Public: Risks and Rewards of Serving the Local Community. Library
Issues 34(1), September 2013.


Bell, Steven J. Coming in the Back Door: Leveraging Open Textbooks to Promote Scholarly
Communications on Campus. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(1):

Bell, Steven J. Students Tweet the Darndest Things – and Why You Need to Listen. Reference
Services Review 40 (2) 217 – 220, 2012.


Shank, John D. and Bell, Steven J. Blended Librarianship: [Re]Envisioning the Role of
Librarians as Educator in the Digital Information Age. Reference & User Services Quarterly
51(2) 105-110, December 2011.

Bell, Steven J. A Conference Wherever You Are. Library Journal 136 (16), October 1, 2011.

Bell, Steven J. They Need to Know Us and We Need to Know Them: Preparing Today’s
Students for Tomorrow’s Reference Reference Librarian 52 (4) 320-328, fall 2011.

Bell, Steven J. Antidote for Entitled Customers. Inside Higher Ed July 29, 2011.

Bell, Steven J. Bringing Back the Faculty: The Evolution of the Faculty Commons in the
Library. Library Issues 31 (4) 1-4, March 2011.

Bell, Steven J. Keeping the Antennae Up: How Listening Improves Service (in) Peter Hernon,
and Joseph R. Matthews. Listening to the Customer. Santa Barbara, CA : Libraries Unlimited,


Bell, Steven J. Fish Market 101: Why Not A Reference User Experience? Library Journal
(Reference Supplement) 6-7, November 15, 2010.

Bell, Steven J. Fit Libraries Are Future-Proof. American Libraries 41 (10): 37-39, October

Krasulski, Michael J. and Bell, Steven J. ACRL’s Hall of Fame: An Analysis of the
Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award. portal: Libraries and the Academy 10 (3):
283-307, July 2010.

Bell, Steven J. Using Video in Your Next Presentation: A Baker’s Dozen of Ideas and Tips.
Computers in Libraries 30 (6): 20 – 25, July-August 2010.

Bell, Steven J. Mastering Moderation. American Libraries 41 (6&7): 48-50, June-July 2010.

Bell, Steven J. Taming the Textbook Market. Inside Higher Ed June 11, 2010.

Bell, Steven J. Design Thinking in Higher Education. Inside Higher Ed March 2, 2010.

Bell, Steven J. What Good Are All These Links? Rethinking the Academic Library Website.
Library Issues 30 (2): 1-4, January 2010.


Bell, Steven J. The Librarian Entrepreneur? Demystifying an Oxymoron. Against the Grain 21
(4): 18-21, September 2009.

Bell, Steven J. From Gatekeepers to Gate Openers. American Libraries 40 (8 & 9): 50-53,
August-September 2009.

Prior to 2009 – consult my CV for additional publications