The Scholarly Communication department is excited to announce that Karen Stoll Farrell has agreed to serve as our Interim Head of Scholarly Communication. She will provide essential support and advocate for our department, as well as ensure services are maintained for our patrons. Karen is additionally the Librarian for South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies, and the Head of the Area Studies Department at IUB Libraries.
Karen’s current research interests include equity and inclusion in libraries, South Asian film, and web archives. Some recent publications are “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Scholars across Asian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington” and (with Jackie M. Dooley, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet) “Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs.” With Sumit Ganguly, Karen also co-edited Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between the U.S., India, and Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).
Karen is currently serving as a member of the South Asia Open Archives Executive Board (2020-2023), and as Digital Initiatives Chair (a committee which will direct a grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation) for the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia.
As we continue to persevere in the strange times, our department is thankful to have an advocate with excellent leadership experience and dedication to the IU Libraries. We look forward to working with Karen in the times ahead!