The vision for Mission Bell Media is both simple and expansive: publish print and digital media for librarians and their community with a focus on leadership and innovation. We aim to produce relevant, engaging and inspiring content across the disciplines that help our readers achieve success by learning from those who have already succeeded.
At the heart of academic publishing is the library, or more specifically, the librarian. Our mission is to connect directly with librarians, listen to their stories, and learn about their struggles and success in a rapidly changing landscape. Beyond our academic reference offerings, Mission Bell Media publishes resources for the librarian. Content that will enhance, inspire and inform their leadership in the library and shape the next generation of leaders and innovators.
We believe in leaders. We believe in followers. We believe in history. We believe in words. We believe in stories. We believe in accomplishment. We believe in sharing. We believe in learning. We believe in growing. We believe in libraries. This is why we do what we do.
Founded in 2013, Mission Bell Media is based in Santa Barbara, California. Come for a visit; we'd be happy to lead the way.
Rolf Janke, CEO
Rolf’s vast experience in higher education publishing prepared him for his entrepreneurial role at the helm of MBM – to his early days of driving a forklift in a book warehouse, to publishing two Nobel Prize winning authors, his passion for the publishing industry is a constant. He segued his laser-like focus on leadership into building this publishing venture that promotes the best in leadership across an interdisciplinary landscape. A champion for librarians and their profession, Rolf is always creating new ways to advocate and educate the value of the library. His team appreciates his empowering and enthusiastic mode of command, as well as his supernatural abilities to pour a generous glass of incredible Santa Barbara County wine.
Favorite Leader: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sara Tauber, Editorial Manager
Sara keeps the editorial wheels turning, working with our contributors, editors and staff. With ten years of reference publishing experience and a Masters in English, Sara helps to keep our facts straight and grammar in check. Managing all aspects of development for the MBM Peak Series, titles flourish under her positive and guiding hand. Her favorite hobby is spending time with her family, which is fortunate considering she lives within a ten-mile radius of over twenty family members.
Favorite Leader: Abraham Lincoln
Danielle Hartbrodt, Social Media & Marketing Assistant
If you want something done with style, efficiency and great attitude, go to Danielle. She provides the foundation that makes our work possible. From managing our database, to building campaigns and running our social media outlets, Danielle is our office ninja — resourceful, stealth with a stash of killer moves. Aside from making MBM look good, she helps others find their zen with her passion for health and wellness…and golden retrievers.
Favorite Leader: Deepak Chopra