Librarian Spotlight

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Michelle Dubert-Bellrichard, the Audio-Visual Archivist at the Louise Pettus Archives.


Michelle began working at the Louise Pettus Archives and Dacus Library  in September of 2014. As the Audio-Visual Archivist, Michelle preserves, digitizes, edits and describes obsolete audio, video, and film collections at the Louise Pettus Archives to make them accessible to remote and on-site patrons. She is also one of the reference librarians at Dacus Library, providing research assistance and other reference services to students at the Information Commons desk typically one afternoon during the week and every Sunday.

Michelle has a BA degree in cultural history from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She then received her Masters in Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, land of the deep-fried cheese curds and dark beer. There she specialized in archives and records management and worked on digital projects at numerous archives and museums across Madison. Take a look at the online gallery she created at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Outside of work, Michelle describes herself as a silver screen fiend. She loves watching movies, in particular horror movies. She tends to gravitate toward independent films and the classics, but she admits that she’s seen Road House and Purple Rain about 100 times each. Like a true archivist, she is her family’s historian. She’s currently interviewing family members to excavate the layers of myth and memory to find the truth behind her family’s sordid history. On a lighter note, though, she also started participating in subversive cross stitch – a movement where people stitch not-so feminine or delicate designs as a form of therapy. Pictured is her ode to Taco Bell (yes, that’s a gordita in the middle).


As part of her library duties Michelle has developed research guides on the Louise Pettus Archives, Motion Picture Reviews, Computer Science, Women and Literature and other topics. She also created a handy flow chart on how to find a book for a research paper, which can be accessed from the Writing 101 tutorials research guide. If you would like to meet with Michelle for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to

Dacus Library has many wonderful librarians on staff who all teach library instruction classes, work various hours on the reference desk, and do collection development work. Each librarian also has other specialized responsibilities within the library. You can view all of our previous librarian spotlight posts here or check back at the beginning of the month for a new one!

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