Anderson named 2009 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International grant winner

Contact: Megan Griffin

ACRL Program Coordinator




February 24, 2009

CHICAGO – Gordon Bruce Anderson, coordinator for arts, humanities and area studies collections and librarian for Scandinavian and Slavic studies at the University of Minnesota, has been selected to receive the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant.

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. Anderson will receive a plaque and award check at the WESS general membership meeting at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13, during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

After consulting with scholars and librarians in Scandinavian-American history and bibliography, Anderson will work toward the completion of a long-standing project, the Svenskamerikanska Bibliografi [Swedish American Bibliography]. Known as the SWAM, this open access database, searchable via the Swedish Royal Library's LIBRIS national union catalog, is a catalog of chiefly United States and Canada imprints published primarily in Swedish over the past 175 years. An expanded online Swedish American Bibliography, and the accompanying digitally accessible research collection of Swedish American imprints, will serve a much broader audience and be a valuable, open resource for scholars, writers and researchers of this important chapter in America's immigration history and culture.

“Anderson’s excellent proposal to bring to term a valuable project touching on nearly all aspects of Scandinavian studies, and nearing completion at a juncture in which time is of the essence, is highly worthy of support,” said award committee chair Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for Romance and English literatures at the University of Chicago.

Anderson received his M.A. in Slavic and Soviet Area Studies from the University of Kansas, and his M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa. He earned his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Coutts Nijhoff International is the European books division of Coutts Information Services, the international book and eBook service provider to academic libraries and information organizations.