Melissa is the Evening & Circulation Supervisor in the Bio-Medical Library, a position she has held since 2007. Melissa has worked in a variety of libraries in Minnesota, as well as a 1st-12th grade library in Honduras. She has also participated on archaeological excavations in Belize, Colorado, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, researched mosque architecture in Guyana and Minnesota, taken salsa lessons in Havana, Cuba, and spent various amounts of time in 16 countries. She has had over 100 book reviews published, as well as book chapters, articles, and co-edited the book The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning allies, combating budget cuts, and influencing stakeholders, which was published in 2013. In her free time she is working on her private pilot's license and her Ph.D. in International Development from the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of many professional organizations, including American Library Association, The Ninety-Nines-the International Organization of Women Pilots, and The Explorers Club, MN12.
Ph.D. (ABD, Currently in Progress) University of Southern Mississippi (International Development) (Major: Political Development, Minor: Security Studies)
M.Ed. 2016 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Learning Technologies)
M.A. 2009 University of St. Thomas (Art History)
M.L.I.S. 2001 Dominican University (Library and Information Science)
M.S. 1998 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Anthropology)
Postbaccalaureate Graduate Certificate 2012 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Online Distance Learning Postbaccalaureate Graduate Certificate)
B.S. 2008 Minnesota School of Business (Business Administration)
B.A. 1999 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Art History)
B.A. 1994 St. Cloud State University (Anthropology and History) (cum laude)
A.S. 2005 Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Cartography)
A.A.S. 2005 Minnesota School of Business (Business Administration)
A.A. 1992 Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Certificate 2010 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Applied Business Undergraduate Certificate)
Certificate 2005 Anoka-Ramsey Community College (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Cartography)
Diploma 2005 Minnesota School of Business (Business Administrative Assistant)
Diploma 2005 Minnesota School of Business (Office Assistant)
Selected Presentations & Publications
Aho, Melissa K. and Erika Bennett, Editors. The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning Allies, Combating Budget Cuts, and Influencing Stakeholders. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.
Selected Book Chapters
“Mosques in Minnesota,” in Anne R. Richards and Iraj Omidvar, Editors, Muslims and American Popular Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, Inc., 305-315.
“Circulation Supervisor Superstar or Jill of All Trades, Mistress of None?” in Rebeca Peacock and Jill Wurm, Editors, The New Academic Librarian: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 9-17.
Aho, Melissa and Erika Bennett, “Introduction,” in Melissa Aho and Erika Bennett, Editors, The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning Allies, Combating Budget Cuts, and Influencing Stakeholders. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, 1-6.
Aho, Melissa and Erika Bennett, “Stuck in the Middle and Loving it! Why Middle Managers have the Ability to Lead from the Heart and the Power to Persuade” in Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen and Linda Cook, Editors, Mid-Career Library and Information Professionals: A Leadership Primer. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, 29 – 39.
Todd J. Barry and Melissa K. Aho. 2016. “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future.” Communications in Applied Sciences Vol 4, No 2: 1-48.
Aho, Melissa K., Anne M. Beschnett, and Emily Y. Reimer. “Who is Sitting at the Reference Desk?: The Ever Changing Concept of Staffing the Reference Desk at the Bio-Medical Library.” Collaborative Librarianship 3 no. 1: 46 – 49.
Aho, Melissa K., Anne M. Beschnett, and Emily Y. Reimer. “Using an Untapped Resource: Expanding the Role of the Student Worker at the Bio-Medical Library.” Public Services Quarterly 6, no. 1 (January – March): 65-68.
“Acquisitions in a Career College Library.” Against the Grain 19, no. 4 (September): 52-53.
Aho, Melissa, Marcia Franklin, Susan Wakefield, and Sara Wakefield. “Internships are the Appetizers of the Library World so Nibble, Nibble, Nibble…” Library Journal (June 6).
Aho, Melissa, Erika Bennett, & Susan Wakefield. “Fringe Librarians: Career College Librarians Introduce Themselves.” Information Outlook 9, no. 6 (June): 38-39.
Selected Academic Presentations
“Harvey the Husky: An Adventure Learning Game.” Learning Technologies Master of Education Student Showcase 6th Annual, Saint Paul, Minnesota, May 6, 2016.
Barry, Todd J. and Melissa K. Aho. “Technological Unemployment and Socio-Economic Change: Historical Perspectives and the Future.” Midwest Political Science Association 74th Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 7-10, 2016.
“My Dictator Don’t Tweet: The Use of Social Media in Failed States.” International Studies Association (ISA) 56th Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 18-21, 2015.
Aho, Melissa and Madeline Gillette, “Killing Me Softly: Women, Suicide, and War.” International Studies Association (ISA) 54th Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, April 3-6, 2013.
Aho, Melissa, Madeline Gillette, and J Patton, “Killing Yourself Will Not Stop the War: Suicide, Women, and Stressful Times.” The 54th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA), Houston, Texas, April 11-14, 2012.
“Masjid An-Nur: Building Meaning in a Minnesota Mosque.” Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Fourth Annual Student Symposium. University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 26, 2009.
“Hill Stations to Houseboats: House Hunting with the Victorians in India.” Symposium: The Victorian Home, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 4, 2008.
Goonewardena, Lillemar Nevanka and Melissa Aho, “Writing a New Chapter Glocalization: Creating Libraries across the Globe – A Case Study in Sri Lanka.” World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council. Libraries for the Future: Progress, Development and Partnerships, Durban, South Africa, August 19 – 23, 2007.