European Studies and Digital Scholarship Librarian & Interim Linguistics Librarian

Wilson Library, 1A


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Liaison to the German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch Department, the Center for Austrian Studies, the Center for German & European Studies, and the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies. I'm also serving as the interim liaison for Linguistics

As liaison to the department and programs above, I am the “go-to” person for questions related to library resources and services. I purchase print and electronic resources in European Studies to support UMN faculty and student research and learning. I am happy to visit classes to present on resources and effective search strategies as well as meet with students, faculty, and staff one-on-one. I support digital scholarship as part of the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) team. One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is helping students and faculty, so please don’t hesitate to contact me. No question is too small!

I’m relatively new to UMN—having joined the Libraries in February, 2019. Previously, I worked at Washington University in St. Louis as the Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and European Studies Librarian. I’ve served in leadership roles in a number of library and scholarly organizations, including the Western European Studies Section (now called European Studies Section), German-North American Resources Partnership, and the Modern Language Association. I’m fluent in German and have reading and speaking abilities in French, Swedish, and Hebrew. I’m reinvigorating my Russian and Yiddish and am learning Norwegian.

As part of the University of Chicago and University of Minnesota Librarian Exchange, I serve as Bibliographer for Germanic Literature and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Chicago. 


Master of Information Studies; University of Toronto
M.A. in German Literature and Culture; Indiana University
M.A. in West European Studies; Indiana University
B.A. in German and International Relations; Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Service to Professional Organizations

Member, Digital Scholarship Section Professional Development Committee, 2019-present
Chair, European Studies Section Communications and Publications Committee, 2018-present
Member, European Studies Section Executive Committee, 2018-present
Field Bibliographer, Modern Language Association International Bibliography, 2009-present
Chair, German-North American Resources Partnership, 2015-2020

Selected Presentations & Publications

“Collaborating with Faculty and Students: A Yearlong Program on the Holocaust” at New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: an International Symposium,” held October 13, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

“Max Kade Center and Olin Library’s Distinctive Contemporary German Literature Collection” and “Special Collection Treasures from the Gert von Gontard and the Manuscripts & Modern Literature Collections.” Two exhibits to accompany “Transatlantic German Studies: Personal Experiences” symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, September 14-16, 2017.

Rev. of Encyclopedia of Early Modern History. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. 54.8 (April 2017): 1151.

“From the Librarian’s Desk -- what Emerging Scholars in Germanistik Need to Know about Libraries and Publishing” at 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, April 1, 2017.

“Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust: Reflections on a yearlong journey” YouTube video. Managed video project. Camera and editing, Sean Garcia. February 2, 2017:

"Alles deutsch, oder nicht? Übersicht über deutsche Bibliotheksbestände in den Vereinigten Staaten." BuB : Forum Bibliothek und Information. Co-authored with Richard Hacken and Heidi Madden. 68.2-3 (2016): 96-99.

“Literary Research Guide.” The Charleston Advisor 17.1 (July 2015): 40-44.

Picture of Brian Vetruba, European Studies and Digital Scholarship at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities