Geoffrey Husic

University Libraries
Librarian of Slavic and Near East Studies
Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 519
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045



M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Kansas

B.A., Russian and German, Middlebury College


My research interests pertain mainly to the Balkan languages (Slovenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Romanian, Vlax, Greek, and Romani) and the Balkan Linguistic Union, which is a linguistic concept that examines the syntactic, morphological, and lexicological commonalities that have arisen in these territorially contiguous, but linguistically quite different Indo-European language groups. Within my research in this field I have focused on two specific aspects: the problem of orthographic history, language and dialect variation, and reform, and how the lack of orthographic uniformity and relatively late standardization affect information retrieval in the context of libraries' cataloging and metadata standards, and in bibliographic databases and software utilities.

Selected Publications

Husic, G. (2017). Using OCLC WorldCat Language Indexes to Quantify Slavic and Eurasian Language Collections and Answer Complex Bibliographic Questions. Slavic & East European Information Resources, 18(3-4), 109-127.

Husic, G. (2014). Enhancing an Open-Access Linguistics Journal Archive with Library of Congress-like Metadata: A Case Study of the Effectiveness for Improving Discovery. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, 35 (2014), 1-8.

Husic, G. (2014). Slavic Linguistics Virtual Reference Bookshelf: A selective bibliography of Slavic language materials that were traditionally held in the Slavic Reference Section of Watson Library. .

Husic, G. (2012). Tracking the History of Romani Publications: Challenges Presented by Flawed Data. Slavic & East European Information Resources, 13(4 ), 230-234. DOI:10.1080/15228886.2012.730849

Husic, G. (2011). Romani Language: Cataloging Ramifications for a Language in the Process of Standardization. Slavic & East European Information Resources, 12(1 ), 37-51. DOI:10.1080/15228886.2011.556076

Husic, G. (2009). Russo-Serbian Orthography: cataloging conundrum and a proposed solution. Slavic & East European Information Resources, 10(1 ), 45-60.

Husic, G. (2002). Albanian Verb Dictionary and Manual. Lawrence, KS : G. Husic .

Husic, G. (2001). Orthographic Reforms in the Former Soviet Union: Some Implications for Serials and Internet Resource Catalogers. Slavic and East European Information Resources,(2), 34-46.

Husic, G. (2000). Is there/will there be a Bosnian Language: aspects of the language situation in post war Bosnia. South Slav Journal, 20(3/4).

Husic, G. (1988). Tajik Handbook.

Selected Awards & Honors

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—American Library Association
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