2015 Fall – Personal & Institutional News

WESS Newsletter

Fall 2015, Vol. 39, No. 1

Column Editor: Sharon Clayton


Please join me in welcoming the following new WESS Members:

  • Rob Cagna, Library Director, West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Charleston Division. Some of Rob’s areas of interest and research are: The History of the Book, The History of Medicine, regional Italian, and the regional languages of Italy.
  • Brendan Fay, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University. Brendan’s research interests include: Academic Libraries, Early Modern and Modern European History, Weimar and Nazi Germany, Information Seeking Behavior in the Social Sciences, and Music History and Criticism.
  • Matt Roberts, Research Librarian for Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, English, and European Studies at The University of California, Irvine. This includes being the Librarian for English, French, German & Italian.
  • Marcus Richter, Alma College

Recent Publications

  • WESS member Tom Izbicki, Rutgers University, recently presented the paper: “Canon Law and the Discussion of Indulgences at the Council of Basel,” at the Conference, Indulgence Campaigns in the Late Middle Ages: Martin Luther and the Debate of 1517, German Historical Institute, Rome, June 8, 2015.
  • Jeff Staiger, University of Oregon, and Chair of WESS, recently published 2 essays. “Kindle 451,” an “anti-ebook” essay in Jeff’s words, was published last year in The New England Review. It was then chosen as a “notable” essay for the listings in the 2015 edition of The Best American Essays! Jeff also published the essay “David Foster Wallace’s Contest with Himself” (on The Pale King, Infinite Jest, James Joyce, and Harold Bloom) in the latest issue (Summer, 2015) of The New England Review.
  • WESS member Julie M. Still, Rutgers University, recently published a book of interest to librarians Managing Your Brand: Career Management and Personal PR for Librarians. Chandos Publishing, 2015.

Other Member News

  • Ian Beilin, WESS member since 2010, has had a position change. Ian is now the new Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia University. This includes collection and liaison responsibilities for German studies (literature and history) and philosophy.
  • Long time WESS member Richard Ring has announced his retirement – he passes along this message: “After more than thirty-five years as the bibliographer for History (non-US) and just about every other Humanities area from time to time at the University of Kansas I retired in June. I will miss going to the library every day (a little), and I will miss the wonderful times I have experienced on WESS excursions as well as the many friends I have met over the years. I have already begun my reading ‘bucket’ list with Thomas Mann. And I urge everyone to read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. They are filled with literary and historical details that will amaze and delight all students of 20th century Europe.”
  • Sem Sutter has un-retired! Sem is now the Interim Rare Books Selector at the University of Chicago Library. He reports that he is “enjoying the opportunity to reinvent myself in my old age and, needless to say, will be bringing my perspectives as a Western Europeanist to bear on my work.” Join me in welcoming Sem back. Needless to say, The University of Chicago, scholars, and the rare book community will benefit from his expertise.
  • WESS Member Sarah G. Wenzel’s duties at The University of Chicago Library have once more expanded. She is now responsible for buying contemporary literature in English, and reports, “I do believe that makes it all of the Western European languages written in the Western alphabet.” Sarah also shared info on 2 of her favorite “European non-library, non-language-learning, non-serious, related Facebook pages,” Quattro Zampi and Il Cucchiaio d’Argento. She encourages others to send similar suggestions.