Jeffrey Garrett (MA in Germanistic Linguistics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich 1983, MLIS in Library and Information Science, University of California Berkeley, 1989) is Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries at Northwestern and also the Library's subject specialist for linguistics. His research interests include knowledge organization and cognition, 18th and early 19th century German library history, and international children’s literature. Among his more recent publications are “Screams and Smiles: On Some Possible Human Universals in Children's Book Illustration” (Bookbird 2008), “KWIC and Dirty? Human Cognition and the Claims of Full-Text Searching” (Journal of Electronic Publishing 2006), "The Legacy of the Baroque in Virtual Representations of Library Space" (Library Quarterly 2004); “Memory Loss in Iraq” (American Libraries 2003, on the destruction of Iraqi libraries); “Library Research as a Transgressive Activity” (College & Research Libraries News 2000); and “Redefining Order in the German Library, 1775–1825” (Eighteenth Century Studies 1999).
Between 2003 and 2006, Garrett was chair of the AAU-ARL German–North American Resources Partnership. He has served twice (2004 and 2006) as president of the Hans Christian Andersen awards jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (Basel, Switzerland). He is a past chair of the Western European Studies Section (WESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries and has been a fellow of the Alice Berline Kaplan Humanities Institute at Northwestern. Among his academic honors are a Regents Fellowship from the University of California, a Bavarian State Scholarship from the University of Munich, and a Martinus Nijhoff International Study Grant from the Association of College and Research Libraries.