2017 Spring - Personal & Institutional News

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Vol. 40, no. 2

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Personal News

Brian Vetruba, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis has taken over as editor of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures' annual bibliography of contemporary German literature. He reports, "Thus far, we’ve released 2014 and 2015. A revised 2013 and 2016 are forthcoming. One thing to note is that the bibliographies include LCSH and genre headings and more than often the corresponding records in WorldCat do not."

Brian also reports : "As part of the Washington University’s FOCUS program on the Holocaust, I traveled with first-year students and faculty in May 2016 to Holocaust sites and memorials. Three students and I curated “Thirteen Washington University Students and their Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust: Reflections from a trip to Germany, Poland, and Lithuania and a year of intensive study,” an exhibit of eighteen posters, currently on display at our local Holocaust museum. We also produced a video of interviews about the program and trip." A report on the trip can be downloaded here.

Thea Lindquist, recently History and Germanic Studies Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, has accepted a position as Director of the University Libraries' new Department of Open & Digital Scholarship Services. She will continue as Germanic Studies Librarian for the near future. She is also Director of the Digital Scholarship Initiative of CU Boulder's Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship.

Please join us in congratulating WESS Member, Deb Raftus and her colleagues Amanda Hornby and Kathleen Collins of the University of Washington Libraries, who received the first annual ACRL-Washington Excellence Award in Fall 2016 for their Comprehensive Training Program for Student Research and Learning Services Specialists. The ACRL-Washington Excellence Award recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Washington State academic or research libraries/librarianship.

The training program is designed to complement the UW Information School’s curriculum with invaluable practical experiences and in-depth training and mentorship in academic librarianship for student Research and Learning Specialists who provide reference and instruction services to students, staff, faculty and community members. The program teaches advanced search techniques, subject reference, learning theory and application, assessment techniques, and introduces potential career paths in academic librarianship. Because a significant portion of graduating Specialists find positions within the state, the Libraries’ effort to complement their formal graduate training have enriched the pool of academic librarians in Washington by helping to produce already-experienced new professionals who therefore need less intensive onboarding training than might be expected of entry-level librarians.


Sue Waterman, Curator of European Literary Collections at Johns Hopkins' Milton S. Eisenhower Library, had a chapter, "Rocks", published in the German anthology Sprachen des Sammelns, published by Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2016. Her chapter is part of a larger work she has written as the result of research she did under the Nijhoff grant (now the DeGruyter grant) back in 2001. Her academia.edu and LinkedIn pages have more content from the book if you want to look her up there.

Institutional News

Hélène Huet, European Studies Librarian at The University of Florida has sent us an update on the digitization project that includes her great-grandfather’s WWI diary which he probably wrote during the 1950’s, and which is now in the University of Florida’s digital collections, as well as other related documents.

This diary was written by Albert Huet (1897-1977) many years after he fought for France during World War I. It describes his war experience between 1916 and 1918. Access the diary from Hélène's own website, and you can see the transcriptions with each page.

Other documents and photos related to Albert Huet have also been digitized as part of the project.

WWI Home Front
The European Home Front in WWI: Posters from the Frankenhuis Collection is a new exhibit at The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

WWI Home Front
The Harvard Law School Library has put up the online exhibit Ruhleben : A Digital Exhibit. The exhibit provides historical information, photos, drawings and documents connected with the Ruhleben Interment Camp in Germany. Ruhleben was an internment camp for British civilian prisoners of war during World War I. From the introduction: "Against all odds and expectations, World War I British civilian prisoners of war built a distinctive, multi-faceted society on the site of the Ruhleben Trabrennbahn (racetrack) outside Spandau, Germany."

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