Michelle Nielsen Ott

Michelle Nielsen Ott

Assistant Professor, Sciences/Health Sciences Librarian

    Library 110
    (309) 677-2840


Master of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies, Milwaukee, WI
Master of Theological Studies, Vanderbilt University, Divinity School, Nashville, TN
Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA


Michelle joined Bradley University in 2021. Previously she was the Director of Library Services at Methodist College (2017-2021) and the Outreach and Reference Librarian at Illinois Central College (2009-2017).

She has earned the designation as a Consumer Health Information Specialist (Level I) from the Medical Library Association.

Her library subject liaison areas are biology, chemistry, health science, nursing, physical therapy, & physics.


  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Illinois Library Association
  • Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Health Science Librarians of Illinois
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Midwest Chapter-Medical Library Association
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society


  • ATHENA Young Professionals Award, Peoria Chamber of Commerce, 2021
  • 40 Leaders Under Forty, Peoria Magazines, 2021
  • 25 Women in Leadership Award, WEEK-TV, 2021
  • Community Leader Award, Women in Leadership of Central Illinois, 2021
  • Golden Gem Award, American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Illinois Central College Chapter, 2017
  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, Illinois Central College, 2014


Areas of Research Interest

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Health Science Librarianship
  • Library outreach and engagement
  • Universal Design for Learning


  • Roth, E., Campbell, J., Nielsen Ott, M., & Turner, L. (2019, July). Libraries support STEM education. Peoria Magazine, 42-43.


  • One State Together in the Arts, 2020
    • “The Power of Public Art: Changing the Face of Peoria”
  • Peoria Reads, 2020
    • “We Need Diverse Books”
  • Spark Conference, 2020
    • “Working Hard or Hardly Working?: Project Management for the Busy Librarian”
  • Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Tinley Park, IL, 2019
    • “Speed Mentoring and Networking for Library Staff”
  • Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Peoria, IL, 2015
    • “Creating Connections with Community Reading”
  • ForwardFocus Conference, Peoria, IL,  2015
    • “Reaching Under-Prepared Students”
  • Indiana Library Federation Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
    • “The Academic Library and the Unprepared Student”
    • “Creating and Telling the Library's Story”
  • Between the Lines, Illinois Central College, Peoria. IL, 2014
    • “Forever Young Adult”


Service to the Profession/Academic Service

  • American Library Association
    • LLAMA, Public Relations and Marketing Section, 2013-2016
      • Education and Training Committee Chair, 2014-2016
      • Education and Training Committee, 2013-2016
    • American Association for Women in Community Colleges, Illinois Central College Chapter
      • President, 2013-2015
      • Vice-President, 2012-2013
    • Health Science Librarians of Illinois
      • Conference Planning Committee, 2018-Present
    • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
      • Public Relations Officer for Chapter #353, 2020-Present
    • Illinois Library Association
      • Advocacy Committee 2017-2020
    • Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries
      • Past-President and chair of Nominations and Awards Committees, 2020-2021
      • President, 2019-2020
      • President-Elect and chair of Conference and Continuing Education Committee, 2018-2019
      • Secretary, 2015-2016
      • Membership committee, 2011-2016
    • Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS)
      • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2020-2022

Service to the Community

  • ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Board of Directors, 2017-Present
  • Community Leadership School, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, 2018-2021
    • Advisory Committee, 2018-2021
    • Graduate, 2018
  • Illinois Central College Educational Foundation
    • Scholarship Reviewer, 2014-Present
  • Junior Achievement Central Illinois, Volunteer, 2017-Present
  • Lions Club International
    • Grand Prairie Champion Lions Club Branch, 2017-2020
      • President, 2017-2019
      • Treasurer, 2019-2020
    • Peoria Heights Suburban Lions Club, 2020- Present
  • Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum, Hopscotch Committee, 2019-Present
    • Chair of In-Kind Donations, 2020-Present
  • Peoria Public Schools Foundation
    • Scholarship Reviewer, 2021
    • Peoria Stadium Improvement Committee, 2021-Present
  • Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Betty Friedan Concert Committee, 2021
  • Jude Runs, Runner/fundraiser, 2018-Present
  • Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee, 2017-Present
    • Chair, 2020-Present
  • Women in Leadership of Central Illinois, 2019-Present
    • Advisory Board, Vice President of Reservations, 2021-Present
    • Advisory Board, Vice President of Special Events, 2020-2021
    • Special Events Committee 2019-Present
  • Women’s Fund, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, 2017-Present
    • Advisory Board, 2019-Present
      • Chair 2021-Present
      • Vice-Chair, 2020-2021
    • Grants Committee, 2019-Present
    • Development Committee, 2018-Present
    • Founding Member, 2017