European Studies Bibliographer

5523 Harold B. Lee Library

Brigham Young University

Provo, Utah  84602, USA

e-mail: hacken @


          Record of Education


B. A. (1969): 

            Brigham Young University. 

             (German, with minors in French and International Relations)

M. A. (1971): 

            University of California at Davis.


Ph.D. (1975): 

            University of California at Davis.

             (German Literature)

M.L.S. (1990): Brigham Young University. 

             (Emphasis on Collection Development)



          Record of Employment


University of California at Davis: 

            1975-77, Instructor in German.


Oregon State University:

            1977, Instructor in German.


University of Kansas: 

            1977-1979, Visiting Assistant Professor of German.


University of Kansas: 

1979-1981, Cataloger of rare economic history books in German, Dutch, Danish and Swedish (Title II-C federal grant); cataloger of the German-American collection (Max Kade Foundation grant).


Brigham Young University: 

            1981- present, Western European Studies Librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library. 

Specialized reference and collection development in German, Dutch, French, Italian, Scandinavian and general Western European studies -- including language, literature, political science, history and culture.  Responsible for BYU London Centre Library, Palace Court.


Member, Advisory Board of Sophie: A Digital Library of Works by German-Speaking Women.


Member, German-North American Resources Partnership (GNARP)


Webmaster, EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History



          Foreign Language Skills



near-native fluency (reading, writing, comprehension, speaking)

Swedish, Dutch, French and Italian:

            good reading ability and comprehension, some speaking ability.

Danish, Norwegian:

            good reading ability

Latin, Portuguese and Spanish:

            fair reading ability.


European travel, research and residence:

            1965-1967 (two years –  Germany);

            1982 (2 months –  Germany);

1984 (2 months –  Germany);

            1986 (6 months – Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Britain, Denmark, more);

            1988 (twice, total 3 months –  FRG, DDR, Italy);

            1990 (6 weeks –  Germany, Austria, more);

            1992 (6 weeks –  Germany, Austria, more);

            1995 (3 weeks –  Austria);

            1997 (3 weeks –  Germany, Austria);

            1999 (twice, total 2 months –  Germany, Austria, France);

            2000 (3 weeks –  Austria, Italy);

            2002 (3 weeks – Sweden, Norway, Denmark).;

            2003 (twice, total 6 weeks – Austria, Germany, Netherlands)

2004 (twice, total of 5 weeks – France, Germany, Great Britain)

2005 (2 weeks – Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco)

2006 (twice, total of 5 weeks – Germany, Austria)

2008 (2 weeks – England, Germany)

2009 (twice, total of 6 weeks – Germany, Luxembourg, France, Austria)
2011 (twice, total of 5 weeks – Germany, France, Austria)

2012 (2 weeks – Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey)

2013 (twice, total of 4 weeks – Spain, Morocco, Ireland)


Book fairs visited numerous times:
            Frankfurt, Leipzig, London, Paris.


          Publications & Presentations

          (most recent listed first)


            German Literature:


Deutsche Dichterhandschriften des Poetischen Realismus: Ortsverzeichnis

 [Internet files:  1995 - present]           


Images of Migration and Change in the German-Language Poetry of Galsan Tschinag.”

Presented March 25, 2004 at the European conference for Migrations in Society, Culture, and the Library held in Paris. 

Appeared in proceedings: Migrations in Society, Culture and the Library (Chicago: ACRL, 2005), pp. 166-172.


"Walter-Kempowski-Bibliographie" [with Bernd Hagenau]

            in: Walter Kempowski zum 60. Geburtstag (Munich: Knaus, 1989): 47-110.


"Gottfried Keller's Realism: The Socioeconomic Ground between Switzerland and Seldwyla," in:

In Search of the Poetic Real. Festschrift for Clifford A. Bernd,
ed. John F. Fetzer, Roland Hoermann and Winder McConnell (Stuttgart: Heinz, 1989): 151-68.  


The Religious Thought of Martin Opitz.  [Revised form of 1975 dissertation].

            Stuttgart: Heinz, 1976.  (Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik, 18) 


Theodor Storm-Paul Heyse Briefwechsel, ed. Clifford A. Bernd, 3 vols.  (Indexing)

            Berlin: Schmidt, 1969-1974.


Numerous book reviews on German Baroque Literature and German Poetic Realism

in Monatshefte (1979 – 1992).


Numerous book reviews on German language pedagogy in Unterrichtspraxis (1976 – 1984).





The Poetry of Galsan Tschinag (a Tuvan-Mongolian shaman who publishes in German)

            [Internet files: 2005 - present]


Poetry selections of Theodor Storm (from German) and Hans Christian Andersen (from Danish)

            in Clifford A. Bernd,  Theodor Storm: The Dano-German Poet and Writer

            (Oxford: P. Lang, 2003).


Into the Sunset: Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Austrian Prose

            Riverside, Calif.: Ariadne Press, 1999.

Translations from German of 14 novellas with a general introduction and author-specific prefaces.


Eulogy for Hans Christian Ostro [from Norwegian];

            in Ann Hagedorn Auerbach, Ransom: The Untold Story of International Kidnapping

             (New York: H. Holt, 1998): 110-112.


Selections of Klaus Groth's and Theodor Storm's poetry [from German];

            in Clifford A. Bernd, German Poetic Realism (Boston: Twayne, 1981). 


O.M. Brouwer-van Velthoven's "Luigi Malerba en de nieuwe Roman in Italië,"

Levende Talen 308 (1974): 390-95 [from Dutch];
in Criticism in Translation I/1 (1976): 39-45.  Includes a preface on the
nouveau roman.


Clemens Brentano's poetry [from German];

            in John F. Fetzer, Romantic Orpheus:  Profiles of Clemens Brentano

 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974).



European and International History:


EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History     

[Internet files: 1996 - present]


 World War I Document Archive

             [Internet files; with WWI-L listserve: 1996 - present]


Letters of Philip II, King of Spain        

[Internet files; facsimiles and transcriptions from BYU Special Collections: 1996-2010]

“Online Primary Documentation of Contemporary History: Trends, Changes and Consequences in the New Millennium” in: Frédéric Clavert and Serge Noiret, ed., L’histoire contemporaine à l’ère numérique. Contemporary History in the Digital Age (Brussels: Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 307-315.


German Views of Amazonia through the Centuries

presented at the annual conference of the  Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2009.


Into the Imagined Forest: A 2000-Year Retrospective of the German Woods

presented at the BYU House of Learning Lecture, Provo, Utah, November 20, 2008.


The Boat is Full:  Swiss Asylum Denied,” film review in Swiss-American Historical Society Review

44, no. 3 (November, 2008): 26-29.


Online Narratives of Famous Americans Traveling in Italy

presented at the Italian Center of the West, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 18, 2008.


The Current State of Primary Historical Sources Online,” BYU Studies 47, no. 1 (2008): 148-52.


Central European Economic History from Waterloo to OPEC, 1815-1975. A Bibliography. 

            New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. 

            (Bibliographies and Indexes in Economics and Economic History, 6)


"Scandinavian Social Economics Since 1930:  A Bibliographic Note,"

            Review of Social Economy 44, no. 2 (l986): 159-77.


"Scandinavian Social Economics, 1850-1930:  A Bibliographic Note,”

            Review of Social Economy 41, no. 2 (l983): 137-51.


Book review on Swiss-American history in Society for German-American Studies Newsletter 5, no. 4 (1984): 31.



Librarianship and Library History:



"The Role of Web Services in Portal Design: Approaches for an Algerian University Library"

Library Hi Tech 27, 3 (November 2009): 460-479.

Co-authored with Ridda LAOUAR, Université de Tébessa, Algeria, and Mat Miles, BYU-Idaho.


"Online Primary Documentation of Contemporary History: Trends, Changes and Consequences in the New Millennium"

Paper delivered at the conference, "Contemporary History in the Digital Age," Luxembourg City, October 16, 2009.


“Designing an Academic Web Portal” presented by Ridda LAOUAR (with myself as co-author in absentia)

at Second International Conference on Web and Information Technologies, Sfax, Tunisia, June 14, 2009


Wozu Outreach in dürftiger Zeit? Fallstudie an einer UB in den westlichen USA

presented at the Berliner Bibliothekswissenschaftliches Kolloquium, Humboldt University, June 30, 2009.


"Digital Germany: Virtual Archives, Powerful Portals, Wise Wikis,"

Global Resources Newsletter, no. 8 (Winter 2006-2007), pp. 12-13. [Internet File]


“Körperlich gesunde Tage.” BuB: Forum Bibliothek und Information 58, no. 7/8 (July 2006): 540.

             A German-language report of the 2006 German librarians’ convention in Dresden.


The WESS East German Study Tour: A Report

            WESS Newsletter, Fall 2006 [Internet File]


Online Guides und andere Hilfsmittel zur Informationskompetenz” presented at Seminar on

Teaching Information Skills, Amerika-Haus, Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2006.


"Recognizing, Digitizing, Advertising: GNARP Efforts with Unique German Studies Materials,"

Global Resources Newsletter, no. 6 (Winter 2005-2006), pp. 7-8. [Internet File]


 Types of Digital Library Cooperation in German Studies

            Paper delivered at the Toronto ACRL/WESS program, June 23, 2003.


The Jewish Community Library in Vienna: From Dispersion and Destruction to Partial Restoration.”

Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 47 (2002): 151-172.


"The Current State of European Studies in North America and of Scholarly Publishing in Western Europe,"

The Journal of Academic Librarianship XXIV/3 (May 1998): 201-207.

The above article was first presented as a keynote address at the pre-conference of WESS (Western European Studies Section)

of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1997:

The Current State of European Studies in North America and of Scholarly Publishing in Western Europe.”


"Finding Your Proper Niche in the Bibliotheca Academiae: Or, The Study of Elephant Hunting Behavior,"

Collection Management XVII/3 (1993): 25-27.


“The RLG Conoco Study and Its Aftermath: Is Resource Sharing in Limbo?" 

The Journal of Academic Librarianship XVIII/1 (1992): 17-23.


"The Germanic Studies Collection at Brigham Young University,"

in: Western European Studies: Current Research Trends and Library Resources,

ed. E. Sartori et al.  Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1990.

            (WESS Occasional Publication, 3): 103-109.


“Tomorrow’s Research Library: Vigor or Rigor Mortis?”

College and Research Libraries XLIX/6 (1988): 485-493.


“Statistical Assumption-Making in Library Collection Assessment: Peccadilloes and Pitfalls,”

            Collection Management VII/2 (1985): 17-32.


"Current Trends in the Planning and Development of Northern European Collections,"

            Collection Management V/3-4 (1983): 69-87.


"Madrid to Malmö, Thames to Tiber, and Seine to Spree:  Being the Letters of Two West European Studies Bibliographers" [with Eva Kronik, Cornell], 

Western European Specialists Section Newsletter VI/2 (1983): 6-12.


Book reviews on librarianship in Collection Management XVI/4 (1992): 99-104 and in

Serials Librarian XXXII 3/4 (1997): 186-88.



Grants and Honors



March 2006:  WESS Study Tour: “Leipzig, Dresden, Weimar: Exploring a Library Landscape”

         [See interactive online report].


October 2003: Nedbook Northwest Europe Award for attendance at Frankfurt Bookfair.


October 1999: Martinus Nijhoff International West European Specialists Study Grant

[to Vienna for research into the fate of the Jewish libraries of Vienna following the Anschluss of 1938, resulting in the article listed above, published in the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 2002].


June 1993: Named a Fellow of the Molesworth Institute for Library Humor.


August 1988:  National Endowment for the Humanities "Travel to Collections"

[to the Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek in Hannover, resulting in the bibliography on the

            contemporary German writer Walter Kempowski listed above].


October 1984:  National Endowment for the Humanities "Travel to Collections"

[to the University of Kansas Howey Economic History Collection, resulting in the two bibliographic articles on Scandinavian social economics listed above].


June-July 1984:  Fulbright Commission "Landeskunde Seminar" in Bonn and Berlin.


October-November 1982:  German Academic Exchange Service "Study Visit"

[research at the Library of the Weltwirtschaftsinstitut at the University of Kiel, West Germany, leading to the bibliography on Central European economic history listed above].