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, West 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.
- 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.
- 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 Awards & Honors
Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA)
Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Kansas
1993 - Present