Brian E. Coutts
Professor, Head, Department of Library Public Services

photo of Brian E. Coutts

Contact Information:

Department of Library Public Services (502 Cravens)
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11067

Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1067

Phone: (270)
745-6121
FAX: (270)
FAX: (270) 745-2275
Email:
brian.coutts@wku.edu

 

 

Education
Position Description
Research
Public Services
Web-based Materials
Awards/Grants


Education
  • MLS (1983) Library Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Ph.D. (1981) Latin American History, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • MA (1972) Central American History, University of Calgary, Canada
  • BA (1969) History, University of Calgary, Canada


Position Description

Dr. Coutts has been a member of the Department of Library Public Services faculty since 1987. He administers a large public services department including 17 faculty, 32 staff, and 75 students in an academic library with additional responsibilities for five branch libraries and Extended Campus Library Services. Liaison and collection development responsibilities for History, Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, GLBT Studies, General Humanities and the General Reference Collection.


Research

Research interests include reference publishing for print and web resources, history reference sources, the history of Spanish Louisiana, the history of Belize, and the life and times of the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, 19th century British philanthropist.
Books

Forthcoming

Coutts, Brian E.; Peggy Wright and Charles Gibson. Historical Dictionary of Belize. Lanham, MD. Scarecrow Press, In Progress.

In Print

Coutts, Brian E., Ron Fritze and Louis Vyhnanek. Reference Sources in History: An Introductory Guide. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, CA. ABC-Clio Press, 2004. 334p. E-book edition, 2004 from ABC-CLIO.
 
Coutts, Brian E. and Peggy Wright. Belize. 2nd ed. World Bibliographical Series. ABC-Clio Press, 1993. 307p. E-book edition, 2002 from Net Library.

Coutts, Brian E., Ronald Fritze and Louis Vyhnanek. Reference Sources in History: An Introductory Guide. ABC-Clio Press, 1990. 319p. Paper ed. 1991.
Chapters/Edited Works

Coutts, Brian E. “The Intendant, the Merchants, and Free Trade in Louisiana, 1778-1788” (1988). DLPS Faculty Publications. Paper 40 http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlps_fac_pub/40/

Coutts, Brian E. "Belize, Belmopan, Manuel Esquivel, Said Musa, Martin Navarro, New Orleans, George Price, Peter Wallace." [in] Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture 2nd ed. 6vols. Scribner's, 2008

Coutts, Brian E. "Boom and Bust: The Rise and Fall of the Tobacco industry in Spanish Louisiana, 1770-1790" [in] The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History. Volume II: The Spanish Presence in Louisiana 1763-1803. Lafayette, LA: Center for Loisiana Studies, 1996. pp. 229-245

Coutts, Brian E. "Belize, Belmopan, George Price, Manuel Esquivel, Peter Wallace, Martin Navarro, New Orleans, Spanish Louisiana," [in] Encyclopedia of Latin American History. 4 vols. Scribner’s. 1995.

Coutts, Brian E. "Barron’s Junior Fact-Finder, Information Finder CD-ROM," [in] Encyclopedias, Atlases and Dictionaries. R. R. Bowker. 1995.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "History," [in] American Library Association Guide to Information Access: A Complete Handbook and Research Directory. Random House. 1994. p.229-244.

Coutts, Brian E. "Jean-Michel, Seigneur de Lepinay et de la Longueville, Governor, 1717-1718; Pierre Sidrac Dugue de Boisbriand, Governor, 1724-1726; and Etienne de Perier, Governor, 1727-1733," [in] The Louisiana Governors: From Iberville to Edwards. LSU Press. 1990.

Articles

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl La Guardia. "Best Reference 2012." Library Journal, March 1, 2013, 28-38 http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/02/best-of/best-reference-of-2012-including-best-free-reference/

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Free Reference 2012." Library Journal, March 1, 2013, 32-34 http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/02/best-of/best-reference-of-2012-including-best-free-reference/

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl La Guardia. "Best Reference 2011." Library Journal, March 1, 2012, 38-46 http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/reference/best-reference-eclectic-works-to-match-a-tumultuous-year/

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Free Reference 2011." Library Journal, March 1, 2012, 40-41 http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/reference/best-reference-free/

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl LaGuardia. "Best Reference 2010: A Surplus of Fabulous New Resources." Library Journal, April 15, 2011, 42-50 http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/reviews/book/889712-421/best_reference_2010_print_electronic.html.csp

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best of Free Reference 2010," Library Journal, April 15, 2011, 28-29 http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/reviews/book/889712-421/best_reference_2010_print_electronic.html.csp

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl LaGuardia. "Best Reference 2009," Library Journal, April 15, 2010, 26-31 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6725228.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best of Free Reference 2009," Library Journal, April 15, 2010, 28-29 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6725228.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl LaGuardia. "Best Reference 2008," Library Journal, April 15, 2009, 26-30 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6650277.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best of Free Reference," Library J
ournal, April 15, 2009, 28 & 30 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6650277.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl LaGuardia. "Best Reference 2007," Library Journal, April 15, 2008, 44-49 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6547055.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2007," Library Journal, April 15, 2008, 46-47http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6547055.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl LaGuardia. "Best Reference 2006," Library Journal, April 15, 2007, 50-55 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6429510.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2006," Library Journal, April 15, 2007, 52-52
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6429510.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cheryl LaGuardia. "Best Reference 2005," Library Journal, April 15, 2006, 46-51 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/ca6321696.html

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2005," Library Journal, April 15, 2006, 48-50 http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/ca6321696.html

Coutts, Brian E. "Best Reference Sources 2004," Library Journal, April 15, 2005, 50-55.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Websites 2004," Library Journal, April 15, 2005, 54-55.

Coutts, Brian E. with Tamara McConnell. "Best Reference Sources 2003," Library Journal, April 15, 2004, 36-41

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2003," Library Journal, April 15, 2004, 38-39

Coutts, Brian E. with Tamara McConnell. "Best Reference Sources 2002," Library Journal, April 15, 2003, 40-45.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2002," Library Journal, April 15, 2003, 42. Also at

Coutts, Brian E. with Tamara McConnell. "Best Reference Sources 2001," Library Journal, April 15, 2002, 44-49.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2001," Library Journal, April 15, 2002, 46. Also at

Coutts, Brian E. "Travel on the Web," C&RL News, April, 2002, 271-275. Also at [http://www.ala.org/acrl/resapr02.html]

Coutts, Brian E. and John B. Richard. "Best Reference Sources 2000," and Front Cover Story "A New Era for Reference," Library Journal, April 15, 2001, 41-46.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 2000." Library Journal, April 15, 2001, 42-43.

Coutts, Brian E. with John B. Richard. "Best Reference Sources 1999," Library Journal, April 15, 2000, 54-59.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 1999," Library Journal, April 15, 2000, 58.

Coutts, Brian E. and John B. Richard "Reference 2000: 50 Sources for the Millennium," Library Journal, November 15, 1999.

Coutts, Brian E. with John B. Richard. "Best Reference Sources 1998," Library Journal, April 15, 1999, 54-59.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 1998," Library Journal, April 15, 1999, 57.

Coutts, Brian E. with John B. Richard. "Best Reference Sources 1997," Library Journal, April 15, 1998, 46-50.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites 1997," Library Journal, April 15, 1998, 47.

Coutts, Brian E. "The Reference Revolution: Wired for the 90's," Library Journal, November 15, 1997, S8-S10.

Coutts, Brian E. with John B. Richard. "Best Reference Sources of 1996," Library Journal, April 15, 1997, 36-40.

Coutts, Brian E. and Cynthia Etkin. "Best Reference Web Sites of 1996," Library Journal, April 15, 1997, 38.

Coutts, Brian E. and Peggy Wright. "Central America: From Civil Wars to Tourist Mecca," Library Journal, March 1, 1997, 53-57.

Reviews

More than 200 reviews since 1981 in the following journals: ARBA: American Reference Books Annual, Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin, Choice, The Eighteenth Century, Journal of Southern History, Library Journal, LISA: Library and Information Science Annual, Louisiana History, and the Bowling Green Daily News.


Public Service

Professional

American Library Association (1981- )


  • American Libraries
    • Advisory Board, (2011-2013)
  • Reference Books Bulletin
    • Editorial Board (1987-1989; 1989-1991)
    • Executive Committee (1988-1990)
    • Chairman, Planning Committee for 1989 Dallas Convention
    • Moderator, Special Session, Encyclopedia Publishing in the 1990’s and Beyond (June 1989)
    • Encyclopedia Reviews Task Force (1990-1992)


Association of College and Research Libraries (1981- )

  • Canadian Studies Discussion Group (1988-1992)
    • Chair-Elect (1990)Chair (1991)
  • Membership Committee (2008 - 2010; 2011 - 2013)
  • Publications Committee (1992-1994; 1995-1997)
    • Search Committee for New Editor, College & Research Libraries (1995)
    • Search Committee for Editor, Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship (1995)
  • Publications Committee (1998-2000; 2001- 2005; 2007-2010)
    • Chair (1998-2000)
  • New Publications Advisory Board (1992-1995; 1995-1998; 1998-2000)
  • Choice Editorial Board (1998-2000)
  • College and Research Libraries Editorial Board (1998-2000)
  • College and Research Libraries News Editorial Board (1998-2005 )
    • Chair (2001-2003; 2003-2005 )
  • Publications in Librarianship (PIL Series) Editorial Board (1998-2000)
  • Rare Books and Manuscript Librarianship, Editorial Board (1998-2000)
  • RCL: Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board (2005- current)
    • Chair (2007- 2010)
Law and Political Science Section (LPSS)
  • Executive Committee, (Member at Large 2007-2009, 2010-2012)
  • Marta Lange-CQ Award Committee, (2004-2008)
    • Chair (2006- 2008)
  • Membership Committee
    • Chair (2008-2010; 2011-2012)
  • Nominating Committee (2009-2011)
  • Publications Committee (2000-2004)
  • Program Planning Committee for Toronto 2003
  • Program Planning Committee for Orlando 2004
  • Program Planning Committee for New Orleans 2006
  • Program Planning Committee for Washington, DC 2007
  • Program Planning Committee for New Orleans 2011
  • Program Planning Committee for Las Vegas, 2014

Kentucky Library Association

 
 
 
 
 
 
Benjamin Franklin Awards, Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly PMA)
  • Judge, Reference Category (1995-1997)
  • Judge, Travel Essay: Content (1998)
  • Judge, Travel Essay: Design (2000)
  • Judge, Reference: Design (2001-2005 )
  • Judge, Travel: Content (2006)
  • Judge, Travel: Content (2011)
  • Judge, GLBT (2012)
  • Judge, Travel: Content (2013)
National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Grant Reviewer, Translation Series (1994-1995; 2000- )
 
Louisiana Historical Association (1972- )
  • Manuscripts Reviewer (1986-1990)
  • Book Reviewer
Academic Library Judge, 2010 Library blogs of the Year (sponsored by Salem Press)
IGI Global Series in Library Information Science
  • Editorial Advisory Board (2010-
 
 
 
For WKU
  • Faculty Credentials Committee for SACS Reaffirmation, 2013-
  • Faculty Governance Committee, 2011 -
  • Canadian Studies Committee, 1991 - 2011
  • International Education Council
  • Latin American Studies Committee
  • Task Force on Global Business Education
  • Global Encounters Task Force

For University Libraries
  • Library Leadership Council, 2011-
  • Council of Library Department Heads, 1991-2011
  • Chair, Fine Arts Committee
  • Chair, Leisure Reading Committee
  • Chair, Leisure Magazines Committee
  • Chair, Leisure Films Committee
  • Chair, Search Committee for DLSC Department Head
  • Chair, Search Committee for DLTS Department Head
  • Chair, Search Committee for Marketing Coordinator
  • Chair, DLSC Tenure Committee, 2009
  • Chair, Search Committee for Community Outreach Manager
  • Member, Margie Helm Awards Committee
  • Member, Sara Tyler Merit Award Committee
  • Member, Search Committee for Marketing Coordinator, 2008
  • Library Café Committee
  • Member, One Book-One Campus-One Community Committee
  • Moderator, Far Away Places with Strange Sounding Names Series at Barnes & Noble, 2000-
  • Moderator, Kentucky Live! Southern Culture At Its Best Series at Barnes & Noble, 2002-

Web-based Materials

I have written or compiled the following materials, available on the World Wide Web:


Awards/Grants
  • LSU, School of Library Information Science, Alumnus of the Year, 2013
  • WKU Libraries Award for Public Service (2010)
  • Who's Who in the World (2010, 27th ed., 2014, 30th ed.)
  • Who's Who in America (2009, 63rd ed., 2013, 67th ed.)
  • Government of Canada Library Grants (1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • WKU Academic Services Award for Research (2005)
  • WKU Academic Services Award for Public Services (2000)
  • Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award (1999)
  • Government of Quebec Library Grant (1990)
  • WKU Academic Services Award for Research (1994)
  • Faculty Research Grant for Research in Belize (1993)
  • WKU Academic Services Award for Research (1991)
  • Faculty Research Grant for Research in Central America (1990)
  • Foundation Spain-USA Travel Grant (1988)
  • Beta Phi Mu (1983)
  • University of Calgary Bursary for Research in Mexico (1972)

Read the article featuring Brian E. Coutts on Western Scholar.

Check out “An LPSS Member to Know: Brian Coutts” in the Spring 2011 LPSS Newsletter at http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/lpss/lpsswebsite/publications/newsletter/lpss-spr11.pdf


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