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Brad Schaffner named as College Librarian for Carleton College

February 29, 2012
By Nathan Grawe

Dean of the College Bev Nagel and Carleton College are pleased to name Brad Schaffner to the position of College Librarian.  Brad is currently head of the Slavic Division at Widener Library, Harvard University.  Prior to working at Harvard, Brad served at the University of Kansas Libraries as Head of the Library Slavic Department, and Head of International Programs, and Coordinator of Collection Development.

Brad SchaffnerBrad is recognized as a leading expert in Slavic Studies, but he also brings broader expertise as the next leader of the Lawrence McKinley Gould Library.  For example, Brad has developed a system for assessing and prioritizing the preservation needs of large collections, recruited and led consortia for the purpose of working with resource providers to improve service, created a successful service model to address the library needs of faculty and students, and overseen the development of key digital humanities resources including the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online.  Dean Bev Nagel remarks, “Brad's experience, wisdom, and vision will help us maintain and build on Gould Library's considerable strengths, and further develop our Bridge Consortium with St. Olaf.”

A Minnesota native, Brad received his B.A. at Gustavus Adolphus College and his M.A. and an M.L.S. at Indiana University, along with completing Ph.D. work in history.  Brad was the recipient of the 2005 School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumni Award at Indiana University. This award is presented to "an alumnus who is making, or has made, an outstanding contribution to the Library Science/Information Science profession." He will begin work at Carleton on July 9th.

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