Library Staff


Rouzanna Vardanyan — Head Librarian

Rouzanna has two master’s degrees in computer science, an MA in jouralism, and an LLM degree in international law. She has 10 year’s experience in organizing international and national events on Public International Law and Human Rights and is former Manager of Educational Programs at a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She has been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program since 1991, teaching the TM technique to over 2000 students.




Martin Schmidt — Reference Librarian

Martin has an engineering degree in print management, an MBA degree and a master’s degree in Maharishi Vedic Science in addition to his MLIS (Master’s in Library and Information Science).





Peter Freund — Tape Librarian

Peter is director of the Vedic Literature Computerization Project ( reserve) and director of the MIU South Asian Digital Manuscripts Collection. His education includes a BA from Antioch, and MS from Penn State, and a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MIU.





Bill Vesely — Serials and Circulation Desk

Bill has a PhD in mathematics, and was one of the founding faculty at MIU. Retired from teaching, he works part-time at the circulation desk and in the serials department.





Rustin Larson — Circulation Desk

Rustin is successful poet, and taught poetry at another institution. He works at the circulation desk from 4:00 pm to 7:15 pm each day.