Shipe named 2010 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International Grant winner

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2010

CHICAGO – Timothy Robert Shipe, assistant to the director for collections and scholarly communications at the University of Iowa Libraries, has been selected to receive the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant, for his proposal, “The Franco-Romanian Literary Avant-garde in Bucharest Libraries.”

Sponsored by Coutts Information Services, the grant provides $3,000 to support a trip to Europe. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization or use of library materials from or relating to Western Europe. Shipe will receive his award during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“Through his work with the Dada Archive at the University of Iowa, and previous work travel to Romania, Shipe has unique access to uncataloged special collections of Franco-Romanian writers from the avant-garde period in Romania,” said award committee chair Laura Dale Bischof, librarian for Classical and Near Eastern Studies German and Dutch Linguistics and Literature Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. “His work will close the gap between what is known about the work of the Romanian avant-garde in Paris and Romania itself and provide a missing piece in the scholarship.”

“Shipe's established relationships with three libraries in Bucharest will allow him access to these privately guarded collections,” Bischof continued. “He will disseminate his research through the International Online Bibliography of Dada, which he curates ( This is an open access resource which will be available to all scholars in this area.”

Shipe received his Master of Library Science from the University of Iowa in 1984, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1981.


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