PUL Welcomes New Slavic Studies Librarian

Posted: Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 12:04pm

Princeton University Library is very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Librarian. Thomas Keenan comes to us from his current position as User Services and Instructional Librarian at the Bern Dibner Library of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, a position he has held since April of last year. Thomas worked previously as a Curatorial Assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. At Columbia University, Thomas worked as a Bibliographic Selector Intern under the Librarian for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, as well as a Reference, Instructional and Special Projects Intern under the Film and Performing Arts Librarian. He has also been an Instructor in Russian language and literature at Yale and at University of Toronto. Thomas holds an MA in Russian Literature from University of Toronto, an MA in Italian Literature from Middlebury College, an MPhil in Russian Literature from Yale and an MSLIS from the Pratt Institute. He will be submitting his dissertation to Yale this year to complete his PhD in Russian Literature.

Thomas Keenan

Thomas Keenan comes to us from his current position as User Services and Instructional Librarian at the Bern Dibner Library of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, a position he has held since April of last year. Thomas worked previously as a Curatorial Assistant at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. At Columbia University, Thomas worked as a Bibliographic Selector Intern under the Librarian for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, as well as a Reference, Instructional and Special Projects Intern under the Film and Performing Arts Librarian. He has also been an Instructor in Russian language and literature at Yale and at University of Toronto. Thomas holds an MA in Russian Literature from University of Toronto, an MA in Italian Literature from Middlebury College, an MPhil in Russian Literature from Yale and an MSLIS from the Pratt Institute. He will be submitting his dissertation to Yale this year to complete his PhD in Russian Literature.

Thomas begins work at Princeton on July 1st, reporting to AUL David Magier in the Collection Development Department. His office will be in B-9-P Firestone, phone number 258-3592. (His email address will be announced later).  We are eagerly looking forward to having Thomas join our Princeton Library family. Please give Thomas a warm Princeton welcome to his new position.

On behalf of the Library and Slavic faculty, a special thanks to Rex Hatfield for his excellent service as Interim Slavic Librarian since last August.  That he has done this so effectively is a further testament to his energy and commitment to the Library. Hats off to Rex!

Finally, thanks go out to the Search Committee (Prof. Michael Gordin, Prof. Serguey Oushakine, Joyce Bell and Elizabeth Bennett) for their great work on this search, and for helping to bring about this excellent outcome.