Bonnie Russell (MLIS, Wayne State University) is the Product Manager for Humanities Commons, Project Manager for MESH Research, and Digital Specialist for HuMetricsHSS. She has extensive experience in technical project management, UX design, QA testing, technical documentation and training, and metadata management.

Ms. Russell has been active working with digital humanities scholars since 2012, helping scholars shape projects and identify technology needs. She’s currently taking part in the 2023-2024 cohort for NetWorkLab: Remote Collaboration Methods and Best Practices for Digital Humanities Scholarship; the Digital Library Foundation’s Digital Accessibility Group Policies and Workflows Committee; serving a 3-year term on the Michigan State University Academic Specialist Advisory Committee (2022-2025); and is an affiliated faculty member in Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU). She loves cats, bats, dinosaurs, and Godzilla.

The School of Information Science at Wayne State University recently interviewed me for their alumni spotlight feature. I’m thrilled to be included. The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University covered the release of our OER, Publishing Values-based Scholarly Communication in February 2023.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


MLIS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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

Other Publications

Burton, Kath, Cocks, Catherine, and Russell, Bonnie. ‘Recognizing and Harnessing the Transformational Power of Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) for Publicly-engaged Scholars’. Information Services & Use. 6 Nov. 2023 : 1 – 6.

Open Educational Resource
Publishing Values-based Scholarly Communication by Kath Burton, Catherine Cocks, and Bonnie Russell

Barboza, C., Bayeck, R., Drayer, A., Frank, J., Galson, G., Hricko, M., Hu, R., Russell, B., Tang, L., & Guerra, W. (2023). Digital Library Accessibility Policy and Practice Guidelines: A Guide by the Digital Accessibility Working Group.

Building the Commons
Trailer: From Pilot to Platform – A new series about project management on the Commons

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

Blog Posts


MSU Commons: An Introduction, October 13, 2021 (workshop)
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

Walking the Talk: Toward a Values-Aligned Academy – HuMetricsHSS

AI Controversies article collection
Commons Help & Support, Michigan State University
MSU Commons Instructor Toolkit, Michigan State University
HuMetricsHSS, Michigan State University
WayneOpen.org, Wayne State University Press (video explaining the project)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Previous Talks and Conferences:

August 16, 2023 – Reclaim Community Chat – The Federated Commons (recording)

July 24-26, 2023 – INSciTS 2023

July 13, 2023 – WPCampus: Building a large-scale, decentralized academic social network with WordPress and ActivityPub

June 14, 2023 – Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Project Management in the Humanities

June 12, 2023 – Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship

August 17, 2022 – NISO Roundtable: “Building Support for Non-Traditional Scholarly Outputs

September 22, 2021 – WPCampus Panel: “Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic


American Library Association

Digital Accessibility Group, Digital Library Federation – Policy and Workflows Committee

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Former memberships:

NASIG – Member of the NASIG Open Initiatives Committee, 2021-2022

Association of University Presses – Chair, Digital Publishing Committee – 2019-2020

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