MicrobeLibrary Editorial Committee

The MicrobeLibrary Editorial Committee directs and manages MicrobeLibrary resources for undergraduate biology education. These resources are held in four collections: the Gallery (images, videos, and animations to enhance lecture or lab presentations), Visual Media Briefs (short communications with digital images, animations, and videos about the microbial world), Laboratory Protocols (information briefs about standard lab tests), and – coming in fall 2013 – Critical Thinking Question Bank (multiple-choice questions designated minimally at level three (application) in Bloom’s Taxonomy). Susan Bagley Ph.D., of Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan) chairs the committee.


The mission of the MicrobeLibrary Committee is to:

  • Promote good pedagogy in microbiology,
  • Foster scholarly teaching, and
  • Enhance understanding about the microbial world.

The library features four sections:

  • The Gallery (formerly the Atlas Collection) is a collection of images, videos, and animations that can be used to enhance lecture or lab presentations. Individual items include brief legends that describe the items and how they were obtained. A collection of items around a central theme (e.g., Gram stain or MacConkey agar) includes a title for the collection and a title and short description for each item (e.g., figure title and legend).
  • Visual Media Briefs (formerly the Visual Collection) consist of high-quality, short communications with digital images, animations, and videos about the microbial world. Briefs include introduction, methods, discussion, and reference sections. Briefs describe the item and how it was obtained (e.g., cultured and isolated), its significance and/or use, magnification, and references. Visual Media Briefs are similar to short research communications (or briefs) in scientific journals.
  • Laboratory Protocols are information briefs about standard laboratory tests and include the procedural steps as well as the purpose, theory, history, safety considerations, tips and comments, and references.
  • Critical Thinking Question Bank is a collection of multiple-choice questions that go beyond rote memory and regurgitation of content to requiring critical thought. The level of critical thinking is designated minimally at level three (application) in Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Levels.[1] Designed especially for interactive learning using audience response systems, the questions are of value for pre- and post-tests or traditional exams, and may be used in the classroom or laboratory or online in blended- and distance-learning experiences.

[1] Bloom, B. S., Engelhart, M. D., Furst, E. J., Hill, W. H., & Krathwohl, D. R. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives: the classification of educational goals; Handbook I: Cognitive Domain New York, Longmans, Green, 1956.

Susan T. Bagley - CHAIR 
Department of Biological Sciences
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
T: 906-487-2385
F: 906-487-3167
E: stbagley@mtu.edu

Patrick Cummings
Center for Biotechnology Education, Advanced Academic Programs, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Suite S-740, Wyman Park Building
Baltimore, MD 21218
P: 410-516-4724
E: cupat@jhu.edu

Anne Hanson
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
T: 202-581-2804
E: Anne_Hanson@umit.maine.edu

Jennifer Herzog
Herkimer County Community College
100 Reservoir Road
Herkimer, NY 13350-1598
T: 315-866-0300
E: herzogjp@herkimer.edu 

Gary Kaiser
Biology Department
The Community College of Baltimore County – Catonsville Campus
Baltimore, MD 21228
T: 443-840-4289
E: gkaiser@ccbcmd.edu