Ian Beilin

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I’m Humanities Research Services Librarian at Columbia University. I’m also a historian and I teach modern European history as an adjunct professor (intermittently) in the McGhee Division of New York University’s School of Professional Studies. My scholarship in history has focused on early 20th century German nationalism and national identity.

I write and present on topics in critical information literacy, critical librarianship, the history of academic librarianship, and modern German history. My current projects include a co-edited volume for Library Juice Press, Reference Librarianship and Justice: History, Practice, & Praxis, and a co-authored book on the cultural history of fin de siècle Europe.

For me librarianship has the most meaning when placed in its larger contexts: social, political, economic, and cultural. I try to always connect what I do as a librarian to the issues that affect our lives, both professional and personal. I’m interested in better understanding the various ways that patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism influence and structure library practice, and in working with others in the struggle against those forces.

I hold a PhD in modern European history from Columbia University, an MSIS from the University at Albany, and a BA in German and History from the University of Michigan.