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Jeffrey Garrett Bio

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Jeffrey Garrett is Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries at Northwestern and additionally director of the Department of Special Collections and Archives. He holds an M.A. in Linguistics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was also a Regents Scholar. He is a past chair of the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (1998­–99) and the German–North American Resource Partnership (GNARP), part of the Global Resources Network at the Center for Research Libraries (2003–06). Research interests include knowledge organization and cognition, 18th and early 19th century German library history, and international children’s literature. He has served twice (2004 and 2006) as president of the Hans Christian Andersen awards jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Among his more recent publications are “Access Strategies and the ‘Art of Forgetting’” (in German, V. Klostermann, 2010); “Screams and Smiles: On Some Possible Human Universals in Children's Book Illustration” (Bookbird 2008), “KWIC and Dirty? Human Cognition and the Claims of Full-Text Searching” (Journal of Electronic Publishing 2006); "The Legacy of the Baroque in Virtual Representations of Library Space" (Library Quarterly 2004); and “Memory Loss in Iraq” (American Libraries 2003, on the destruction of Iraqi libraries).