Scott Libson supports the teaching and research needs of students and faculty in the Departments of History and Religious Studies and the Borns Jewish Studies Program, as well other scholars working in those fields. In his role as liaison librarian, he manages and builds upon IU’s impressive history, Jewish studies, and religious studies collections, which cover all periods of human history, all religious cultures, as well as the breadth of the Jewish experience around the world. He also assists with individual research projects, and teaches about research methods and library resources.
His scholarship questions the boundaries between religious and secular philanthropy in the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He has also published articles about other forms of religious travel and about early Pentecostalism.
Scott holds a Ph.D. in history from Emory University, a master’s degree in church history from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from Columbia University. Previously the Assistant Head of Collection Management in the Columbia University Libraries, Scott joined the IU Libraries in February 2018. He has also worked in manuscript libraries and a digital humanities center.