For immediate release | February 18, 2014

Deyrup named 2014 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, professor and librarian for technical services, Italian, Russian and East European Studies at Seton Hall University, has been selected to receive the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “C’era una volta: a guide to print materials published by and about the Italian minority communities of Dalmatia and Istria in the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 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.

Deyrup will receive the award check during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“This project exemplifies the commitment of WESS-SEES librarians to identify and preserve cultural heritage materials published by and about ethnic groups living within or dispersed among larger communities,” said award chair Heidi Madden of Duke University.

Deyrup’s project focuses on Italian-language resources published by and about the Italian minority communities of Dalmatia and Istria for the past two centuries and will involve substantial archival work. This research will result in an annotated bibliography, a directory of the publishing houses in Croatia and Italy that handle these materials and a narrative addressing the historical and cultural significance of these resources.

Deyrup received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, her M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University, her M.L.S. from Rutgers University and her M.Phil and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University.


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Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator