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Brian Vetruba, Subject Librarian

I'm the Subject Librarian for Germanic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, European Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities

My Services


  • One-on-one research consultations (Schedule an appt.)
  • Purchasing books, journals, databases, DVDs you need (Make a recommendation)
  • Subject and general reference services to WU students and faculty
  • Create library research guides for your courses
  • Keep you informed about resources and services
  • Answer your questions (Ask me)


Database Expertise


Master of Information Studies (MISt), Library & Information Science; University of Toronto

M.A. German Literature and Culture, Indiana University

M.A., West European Studies; Indiana University

B.A., German, International Relations; Concordia College

Professional Activities and Publications


  • Memberships: American Library Association; Association of College & Research Libraries; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table; German Studies Association, Modern Language Association, Reference & User Services Association


  • "Max Kade Center and Olin Library’s Distinctive Contemporary German Literature Collection" and “Special Collection Treasures from the Gert von Gontard and the Manuscripts & Modern Literature Collections.” Two exhibits to accompany “Transatlantic German Studies: Personal Experiences” symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, September 14-16, 2017. Co-curated with Joel Minor, Jody Mitori, Garth Reese, and Erin Sutherland.\
  • Collaborating with Faculty and Students: A Yearlong Program on the Holocaust” at New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: an International Symposium,” held October 13, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • “WU FOCUS Program on the Holocaust” at “Ripple of Hope” at Jefferson College, September 17, 2017.
  • “From the Librarian’s Desk -- what Emerging Scholars in Germanistik Need to Know about Libraries and Publishing” at 26th Annual Graduate Student Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, April 1, 2017.
  • Rev. of Encyclopedia of Early Modern History. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 54.8 (April 2017): 1151
  • “Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust: Reflections on a yearlong journey” YouTube video. Managed video project. Camera and editing, Sean Garcia. February 2, 2017:
  • “Thirteen Washington University Students and their Deep Dive into the Study of the Holocaust: Reflections from a trip to Germany, Poland, and Lithuania and a year of intensive study" at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, February 2-March 15, 2017. Co-curated exhibit with Cecily Hibbs, Talia Wazana, and Abigail Wippel.
  • Rev. of Critical Theory: the Key Concepts. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 53.8 (April 2016): 218.
  • Alles deutsch, oder nicht? Übersicht über deutsche Bibliotheksbestände in den Vereinigten Staaten." BuB : Forum Bibliothek und Information. Co-authored with Richard Hacken and Heidi Madden. 68.2-3 (2016): 96-99.
  • Rev. of Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 53.2 (October 2015): 218.
  • “Literary Research Guide.” The Charleston Advisor 17.1 (July 2015): 40-44.
  • Rev. of Learn German website by Deutsche Welle. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50.12 (August 2013): 2232.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online.” The Charleston Advisor 14.3 (January 2013): 35-40
  • "Literary Encyclopedia." The Charleston Advisor 13.3 (January 2012): 22-25.
  • Germanistik Online Datenbank.” The Charleston Advisor 13.1 (July 2011): 28-31.
  •  “HathiTrust -- A Gov Docs Repository?” at Leveraging Your Strengths: Regional Government Documents Conference at Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 4, 2012
  • "Embedded Librarian: Meeting Users on their Turf,” at MOBIUS 2009 Conference (via webcast), June 3, 2009

Special Responsibilities at WU

  • Editor, Bibliography (Contemporary German Literature Collection)
  • Major Acquisitions Advisory CommitteCollections Space Management Team,
  • Chair, Mini-Conference for Advanced Graduate Students Planning Team
  • Co-chair, Libraries’ Staff Fundraising Campaign Committee
  • Librarian for Help Desk
  • Zotero trainer