Bonnie Russell (MLIS, Wayne State University) is the Project Manager for MESH Research and Humanities Commons, and Digital Specialist for HuMetricsHSS. She has extensive experience in technical project management, user experience, quality assurance 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 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 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.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


MLIS, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

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

Other Publications

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

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

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

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

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

Previous Talks:

August 17, 2022 12:30pm EDT – NISO Roundtable: “Building Support for Non-Traditional Scholarly Outputs

September 22, 2021 4pm EDT – 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:


Association of University Presses

  • Chair, Digital Publishing Committee – 2019-2020

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