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Bella Karr Gerlich, Ph.D. has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, a MPM from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD LIS from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught management courses for the MLS program.  Prior to her current post, she held appointments as Professor and Dean of Libraries, University of Alaska Fiarbanks, University Librarian at Dominican University, Associate University Librarian at Georgia College & State University and Head, Arts & Special Collections at Carnegie Mellon University. Active in professional organizations, Dr. Gerlich has held appointments on the ALA Council of Research and Statistics and was a Member-at-Large to the Library Research Roundtable and LLAMA Human Resources Section.

Dr. Gerlich’s research interests include assessment, organizational behavior and valuation of services; she has authored or co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications. Bella enjoys the opportunity to guest lecture and teach, and to present her research and talk about the READ Scale in numerous venues from the local to the global. Dr. Gerlich welcomes invitations at for speaking or training related to the READ or LEAD Scales.


Bella Karr Gerlich, PhD
Texas Tech University
18th and Boston
Box 40002
Lubbock, TX 79409