Geoff Husic

Slavic & Near East Studies Librarian
785-864-3957
Watson Library

My areas of professional responsibility cover collection development, reference, and instruction for the Balkan Peninsula and the Near East (Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East) as well as for Linguistics. In addition I am cataloger for materials received pertaining to these world regions.

Research

My research interests pertain mainly to the Balkan languages (Slovenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Romanian, Vlax, Greek, and Romani) and the Balkan Linguistic Union, which is a linguistic concept that examines the syntactic, morphological, and lexicological commonalities that have arisen in these territorially contiguous, but linguistically quite different Indo-European language groups. Within my research in this field I have focused on two specific aspects: the problem of orthographic history, language and dialect variation, and reform, and how the lack of orthographic uniformity and relatively late standardization affect information retrieval in the context of libraries' cataloging and metadata standards, and in bibliographic databases and software utilities

Degrees

M.S. Library and Information Science (University of Illinois); M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Kansas); B.A. Russian and German (Middlebury College)

Rank

Librarian

Selected Publications

2012. “Tracking the History of Romani Publications: Challenges Presented by Flawed Data” (Slavic & East European Information Resources, Vol. 13, iss. 4 (Dec. 2012), pp. 230-234. DOI: 10.1080/15228886.2012.730849

2011. “Romani Language: Cataloging Ramifications for a Language in the Process of Standardization.” (Slavic & East European Information Resources, Volume 12, Issue 1 (January 2011), pages 37-51: DOI: 10.1080/15228886.2011.556076).

2009. Courthiade, Marcel; Husic, Geoff, coeditor of English content. Morri angluni rromane ćhibǎqi evroputni lavustik = First Romany-European language Dictionary (Budapest: Fővárosi Onkormányzat Cigány Ház-- Romano Kher, 2009).

2009. "Russo-Serbian Orthography: cataloging conundrum and a proposed solution". Slavic & East European Information Resources, Vol. 10, no. 1 (2009), p. 45-60. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15228880802709187)

2007. Albanian Verb Dictionary and Manual (2007: in KU ScholarWorks: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/1661)

2001. "Orthographic Reforms in the Former Soviet Union: Some Implications for Serials and Internet Resource Catalogers." Slavic and East European Information Resources, Hayworth Press. (2001, no. 2, pg. 34-46) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J167v02n02_07).

2000. "Is there/will there be a Bosnian Language: aspects of the language situation in post war Bosnia." South Slav Journal. (London: Dositey Obradovich Circle) , Vol. 20, no. 3/4 (2000). Preprint also in KU ScholarWorks  http://hdl.handle.net/1808/1691.

1999. "Internet Resources for the Kosovo Crisis." Reference Services Review (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pierian Press., Vol. 27, issue 4 (1999)). (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/00907329910303437).

Selected Awards and Recognitions

2012 recipient of the Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award.


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