Geoffrey Husic

  • Librarian of Slavic and Near East Studies
  • Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian

Contact Info

Watson Library, 519


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.

Selected Publications

Husic, Geoffrey. 2017. “Using OCLC WorldCat Language Indexes to Quantify Slavic and Eurasian Language Collections and Answer Complex Bibliographic Questions.” Journal Articles. Slavic & East European Information Resources 18 (3–4): 109–27.
Husic, Geoff. 2014. “Enhancing an Open-Access Linguistics Journal Archive with Library of Congress-like Metadata: A Case Study of the Effectiveness for Improving Discovery.” Journal Articles. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics 35 (2014) (November): 1–8.
Husic, Geoff. 2014. “Slavic Linguistics Virtual Reference Bookshelf: A Selective Bibliography of Slavic Language Materials That Were Traditionally Held in the Slavic Reference Section of Watson Library. .” Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.).
Husic, Geoff. 2012. “Tracking the History of Romani Publications: Challenges Presented by Flawed Data.” Journal Articles. Slavic & East European Information Resources 13 (4): 230–34.
Husic, Geoff. 2011. “Romani Language: Cataloging Ramifications for a Language in the Process of Standardization.” Journal Articles. Slavic & East European Information Resources 12 (1): 37–51.
Husic, Geoff. 2009. “Russo-Serbian Orthography: Cataloging Conundrum and a Proposed Solution.” Journal Articles. Slavic & East European Information Resources 10 (1): 45–60.
Husic, Geoff. 2002. “Albanian Verb Dictionary and Manual.” Other. Lawrence, KS : G. Husic .
Husic, Geoff. 2001. “Orthographic Reforms in the Former Soviet Union: Some Implications for Serials and Internet Resource Catalogers.” Journal Articles. Slavic and East European Information Resources, no. 2: 34–46.
Husic, Geoff. 2000. “Is There/Will There Be a Bosnian Language: Aspects of the Language Situation in Post War Bosnia.” Journal Articles. South Slav Journal 20 (3/4).
Husic, Geoff. 1988. “Tajik Handbook.” Instructional Materials.