Jon C. Giullian

University Libraries - International Collections
Librarian for Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Head, International Collections
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 519
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:



M.L.S, Library and Information Science , School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

[M.Phil.], Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas

, Russian, Brigham Young University


Teaching Interests

  • Information literacy, Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Slavic folklore, Russian culture, Russian history


Bibliography, digital research tools, information literacy as they relate to Russian, East European, and Eurasian (REEE) librarianship. Russian books vendors and publishers. East European research libraries in the post-Soviet era. Open access publishing related to REEE.

Research Interests

  • Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, bibliography, digital research tools, reference, information literacy, Russian book trade, open access.


I actively serve in national organizations dedicated to Slavic librarianship. These include the ASEEES Committee on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Slavic and East European Section (SEES) of ACRL. I support regional librarianship as a member of the Mountain Plains Library Association. I also serve in the KU Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and on KU Libraries governance committees.

Selected Publications

Reyes, B. M., Giullian, J. C., & Devlin, F. A. (2017). iPad and Android Tablets: Wonder Pills or Placebo for Academic Library Staff? Library High Tech, 35(3), 393-407. DOI:10.1108/LHT-01-2017-0022

Giullian, J. C., & Monroe-Gulick, A. (2017). Assessment of KU Libraries’ Slavic & Eurasian Collection: Purpose, Process, and Potential . Slavic and East European Information Resources, 18(1-2), 1-18. DOI:10.1080/15228886.2017.1322382

Giullian, J. C. (2016). Aspects of Diversity in ASEEES National Conferences as a Reflection of the Field of Slavic and Eurasian Studies in North America: Case Studies of Gender, Location, Discipline, and Institution. Slavic and East European Information Resources, 17(4), 191-214. DOI:10.1080/15228886.2016.1246301

Giullian, J. C., & Zitser, E. A. (2015). Beyond LibGuides: The Past, Present, and Future of Online Research Guides. Slavic and East European Information Resources, 16(4), 170-180. DOI:10.1080/15228886.2015.1094718

Giullian, J. (2013). ‘Seans chernoi magii’ na Taganke: The Hunt for Master and Margarita in the Pravda Digital Archive. Slavic and East European Information Resources, 14(2/3), 102-126. DOI:10.1080/15228886.2013.813374

Giullian, J. (2010). 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 (pp. 181-190).

Giullian, J. (2009). 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 (SEEIR), Special Issue: Slavic Information Literacy: Past, Present and Future, 10(2/3), 200-220. DOI:10.1080/15228880903191699

Giullian, J. (2006). Where Library Meets Vendor: A Comparison of Six Vendors of Russian Books. In G. C. Ference & B. L. Schaffner (Eds.), Books, Bibliographies, and Pugs: A Festschrift In Honor of Murlin Croucher (pp. 87-112). Bloomington, IN: Slavica.

Selected Grants

Giullian, Jon C, Devlin, Fran A, Reyes, Betsaida M, Usability of Library E-Collections on Tablet Devices: Practitioners Perspectives, 2301892, KU General Research Fund (GRF) grant, $6,044, (07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015) . This grant resulted in the publication of a peer-reviewed article in Library High Tech. The citation to the article is: Reyes, B. M., Giullian, J. C., & Devlin, F. A. (2017). iPad and Android Tablets: Wonder Pills or Placebo for Academic Library Staff? Library High Tech, 35(3), 393-407. DOI:10.1108/LHT-01-2017-0022, Although the tablets that were purchased using funds from the GRF continue to be used by faculty and staff in KU Libraries in a variety of ways, they are essentially redundant technology. The study found that the return on investment for tablet devices was minimal. Light and portable laptops are better adapted to most if not all types of library work. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society
1993 - Present

2014 Leadership Institute
Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA)

Co-winner, Faculty Service Award
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Kansas

Top Twenty library instruction articles of 2009
Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)

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