Lindquist named 2007 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant winner

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2007

Lindquist named 2007 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff

International West European Specialist Study Grant winner

CHICAGO – Thea Lindquist, assistant professor of history & Germanic language and literature librarian at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been selected to receive the 2007 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant.

This grant covers airfare to and from Europe, transportation in Europe, and lodging and board for up to 14 days. 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.

Lindquist will receive her plaque and 4,500 Euros at the WESS general membership meeting during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 25, at 8 a.m.

Lindquist’s proposal aims to examine volumes of the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft, the first and largest of Germany’s academies of arts and letters, which were involved in a 2004 fire at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar, Germany. The recipient will examine the library’s records to determine which volumes were lost and which survived.

“In a strong field of proposals, Thea Lindquist’s project stood out both for its relevance to European cultural history, particularly the German baroque, and for its urgency,” said award committee chair Thomas M. Izbicki. “Only by identifying which titles were lost and which remain of so important an agency as the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (or Fruitful Society) will scholars receive adequate guidance for their pursuit of research in this world-renowned library.”

Lindquist earned her Ph.D. in history, her M.A. in library and information studies, and her M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin.

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