For immediate release | February 6, 2012

Pendse named 2012 ACRL WESS De Gruyter Grant recipient

CHICAGO – Liladhar R. Pendse, librarian for Slavic and Eastern European and Eurasian studies (Central Asian studies) at Princeton University, has been selected to receive the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant.

Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, 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 resources from or relating to Europe.

Pendse will receive the award check during the WESS General Membership Meeting at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

“A comprehensive bibliography and subject analysis of Indo-Portuguese periodicals held by the National Library of Portugal and other libraries in Lisbon will open up an as of yet untapped trove of resources on the Portuguese colonies of India,” said award committee chair Brian Vetruba of Washington University in St. Louis. “Pendse’s finished project will be an asset not only to West European and South Asian Studies scholars but also those examining questions of national identity and intercultural exchanges.”

Pendse’s research will result in a peer reviewed research paper and further the development of an online searchable version of the bibliography of Indo-Portuguese periodicals.

Pendse received his M.L.I.S. (2006), M.A. in Latin American studies (2006) and B.A. in history with Arabic and Islamic Studies minor (2004) from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).


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David Free