As the Librarian for South Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies, Karen Stoll Farrell develops and manages collections for both of these regions, and liaises with the Dhar India Studies Program and the Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies Program. Karen is also Head of the Area Studies Department, comprised of seven librarians and three staff members who specialize in almost every region around the globe.
Karen's current research interests include equity and inclusion in libraries, South Asian film, and web archives. Some recent publications include "Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Scholars across Asian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington" and (with Jackie M. Dooley, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet) "Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs." With Sumit Ganguly, Karen also co-edited Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between the U.S., India, and Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).
Karen is currently serving as President of the Bloomington Library Faculty Council (2019-2020), as a member of the South Asia Open Archives Executive Board (2017-2019), and as Digital Initiatives Chair (a committee which will direct a grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation) for the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia.
Karen received BAs in Anthropology and Religion from Kalamazoo College in 1998, an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, and an MLIS from Wayne State University in 2013.