Bonnie Russell (MLIS, Wayne State University) is the Project Manager for MESH Research at Michigan State University, Humanities Commons, and HuMetricsHSS. Ms. Russell has extensive experience in technical project management, user experience, quality assurance testing, technical documentation and training, and metadata management. She has been active working with digital humanities scholars since 2012, helping scholars shape projects and identify technology needs. She served as the 2019-2020 chair of the Digital Publishing Committee for the Association of University Presses, primarily focused on the evaluation of digital publishing platforms and repositories. She’s currently taking part in the Digital Library Foundation’s Digital Accessibility Group and serving a 2-year term (2021-2023) on the NASIG Open Initiatives Committee. She loves cats, bats, dinosaurs, and Godzilla.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


MLIS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

BA, Film Studies, minor in Theatre, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI



Platypus, the Humanities Commons Team Blog

Five Years by the Numbers – a deep dive into the growth of the HC community

Commons Highlights

A new series highlighting groups, sites, and organizations that make the Commons their home. We’re asking users who have created vibrant and thriving communities on how they did it, and the lessons they have learned.

Dr. Kendra Preston Leonard

The Global Digital Humanities Symposium

The Composers of Color Resource Project

The Open Access Books Network


MSU Commons: An Introduction, October 13, 2021

Online Communities and Transformative Justice CORE Deposit Party, March 30, 2021

Design and Build


MSU Commons: Intro to Profiles — Script and video build, Michigan State University

MSU Commons: Intro to CORE — Script, voiceover, and video build, Michigan State University

Introducing MSU Commons — Script, voiceover, and video build, Michigan State University


MSU Commons Instructor Toolkit, Michigan State University

HuMetricsHSS, Michigan State University

WayneOpen.org, Wayne State University Press (video explaining the project)

Canvas Detroit, Wayne State University Press

Gary Grimshaw Posters, Wayne State University Press and Detroit Historical Society

Great Lakes Island Escapes, Wayne State University Press

The Colored Car, Wayne State University Press

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

September 22, 2021 4pm EDT

WPCampus Panel: “Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic




American Library Association


Digital Accessibility Group, Digital Library Federation

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

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