As Librarian for Slavic and Eurasian studies, I acquire materials from and about Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the Caucasus; provide research and instructional services to KU faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, K-12 community, and the general public; and serve as library liaison to related academic departments and areas studies centers. I also engage in research and professional service and provide support for programs in Global & International Studies and European Studies.
As Head of the IAS Department, I coordinate the work of the department's seven programs (African, East Asian, European; Global and International; Middle East; Slavic and Eurasian; and Spain, Portugal, Latin American and Caribbean) within KU Libraries and with other campus units.
Library research education (information literacy) in support of courses in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Russian history, Slavic folklore, Russian culture, Societies and Cultures of Eurasia, Global and International Studies , and European Studies. I am also interested in Russian language pedagogy and the use of multi-media for building cultural and linquistic competency.
Bibliography, digital research tools, and information literacy as they relate to Russian, East European, and Eurasian librarianship (REEE). Russian book vendors and publishers. East European research libraries in the post-Soviet era. Open access publishing related to REEE.
Bibliography, digital research tools, information literacy as they relate to Russian, East European, and Eurasian librarianship (REEE). Russian books vendors and publishers. East European research libraries in the post-Soviet era. Open access publishing related to REEE.
MLS, Indiana University; MPhil, University of Kansas; BA, Brigham Young University
2013 article: "'Seans chernoi magii' na Taganke: The Hunt for Master and Margarita in the Pravda Digital Archive." Slavic and East European Information Resources, v. 14, no. 2/3, pp.102-126.
2012 presentation: "Online Research Guides for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies: Challenge, Opportunities, and Best Practices" (Roundtable). [44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Novermber 15-18, 2012, New Orleans Louisiana.]
2010 article: "Slavic Studies and the World: Embracing the Revolution of Open Access Publishing” in Globalization and the Management of Information Resources: Papers from the International Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, 12-14 November 2008. Herbert K. Achleitner and Alexander Dimchev, eds., pp. 181-190. Sofia, Bulgaria: “St. Kliment Okhridskii” University of Sofia.
2009 article: "Slavic Folklore, the Library and the Web: A Case-Study of Subject-Specific Collaborative Information Literacy at the University of Kansas." Slavic and East European Information Resources, Special Issue: Slavic Information Literacy: Past, Present and Future. Edited by Michael M. Brewer and Ernest A. Zitser, v. 10, no. 2/3, pp. 200-220.
2006 article: "Where Library Meets Vendor: A Comparison of Six Vendors of Russian Books" in Books, Bibliographies, and Pugs: A Festschrift In Honor of Murlin Croucher, pp. 87-112. Edited by Gregory C. Ference, and Bradley L. Schaffner. (Series: Indiana Slavic Studies) Bloomington, IN: Slavica.
Selected Awards and Recognitions
Mountain Plains Library Association 2014 Leadership Institute, Participant, April 27-May 2, 2014.
The 2009 article, "Slavic Folklore, the Library and the Web..." selected as one of the Top Twenty library instruction articles of 2009. LIRT News 32.4 (June 2010): 6