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FINAL REPORT OF YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FOR PARTICIPANT:

Munevera Zeco
February 24 - September 30, 1995

 

General objectives:
  • Familiarization with the Yale University library, its organizational structure, operations and departmental libraries
  • Learning Yale's on-line cataloging system
  • Research for ongoing projects: Searching Bosniaca as part of effort to reconstitute lost collections of Bosnian National and University Library in Sarajevo
  • Attend lectures at Yale

    nb - entries marked SRR refer to time spent engaged in one of the activities listed above
Below is the schedule of activities in which Ms. Zeco participated while at Yale:

Week 1 February 15 - 23
Left Sarajevo on UN transport flight on February 15. Stay in Zagreb awaiting US entry visa and flight arrangements. Arrived in New Haven February 24 and settled in Helen Hadley Hall over the 24 - 26th.

Week 2 February 27 - March 3
Monday - Wednesday SRR
Thursday - SRR; Tour around Yale campus with Charlie Bryant
Friday - SRR; Visited other regional collections with Cesar Rodriguez

Week 3 March 6 - 10
Monday - Tuesday SRR
Wednesday - SRR; Visited Preservation Team with Winston Atkins
Thursday - SRR; Visited The Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts with Nicole Bouche
Friday - SRR

Week 4 March 13 - 17
Monday - SRR; Attended meeting with bibliographers and curators to discuss AUL (Associate University Librarian) candidates for collection management position
Tuesday-Wednesday - Sick with flu, home on doctor's instructions
Thursday-Friday - SRR

Week 5 March 20 - 24
Monday - SRR
Tuesday - SRR; Attended lecture by Boutros Boutros Ghali at the Center for International Studies at Luce Hall
Wednesday - SRR
Thursday - SRR; Visited Near Eastern Collection with Simon Samoeil
Friday - SRR; Visited Conservation Program with Gisela Noack
Saturday-Sunday - Visited Tanja Lorkovic in Guilford

Week 6 March 27 - 31 Monday - SRR; Attended lecture by AUL candidate for collection management position
Tuesday - SRR; Attended meeting with the AUL candidate, bibliographers and curators regarding the collection management position
Wednesday - SRR; Meeting with Anne Schneider, Title VI program officer, from the Department of Education, Washington, DC, followed by dinner with Anne Schneider and Yale students
Thursday - Visited New York Public Library; gave lecture on The Current Status of Libraries and Librarians in Bosnia- Herzegovina
Friday - SRR; Visited the Holocaust Video Archive Collection with Joanne Rudof

Week 7 April 3 - 7
Monday - SRR; Visited Slavic Cataloging Team with Valentina Chudovsky
Tuesday - SRR; Attended lecture Creation of Development Position in the Yale Library
Wednesday - SRR; Visited Cross Campus Library with Susan Crockford
Thursday - SRR; Attended lecture by AUL candidate for collection management position; Attended lecture by Philip Cohen on Bosnia
Friday - SRR; Attended meeting with the AUL candidate, bibliographers and curators regarding the collection management position; Visited the Circulation Department with Tom Schneiter

Week 8 April 10 - 14
Monday - SRR; Attended lecture by AUL candidate for collection management position
Tuesday - SRR; Attended meeting with the AUL candidate, bibliographers and curators regarding the collection management position
Wednesday - SRR; Attended lecture by AUL candidate for collection management position
Thursday - SRR; Attended meeting with the AUL candidate, bibliographers and curators regarding the collection management position
Friday - Holiday; Library closed

Week 9 April 17 - 21
Monday - SRR; Visit to Yale Weekly Bulletin and Calendar and interview with Susan Gonzales; Visit to Archives and Manuscripts with Richard Szary
Tuesday - SRR; Attended lecture by Prof. William Odom at Luce Hall
Wednesday - SRR; Visited Social Science Library with Kathleen Eisenbeis; Visited Acquisitions Department, SML, with Joyce Ogburn
Thursday-Friday - SRR

Week 10 April 24 - 28
Monday - Travelled to Harvard College Library; Meeting with Andras Riedlmayer, Bibliographer, Fine Arts Library and Jeff Spurr, Islamic Cataloger; Visited Visual Collection with Jeff Spurr
Tuesday - Visited Widener Library of Harvard University; Meeting with Larry Dowler, Associate Librarian; Researched Bosniaca collections at Widener Library
Wednesday - Visited Boston Public Library; Meeting with Liam Kelly, Associate Director; Researched Bosniaca collections at Widener Library; Meeting with Mary Claire Altenhofen, Reference Librarian, Fine Arts Library
Thursday - Visited Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Meeting with James Matarazzo, Dean and Professor at Simmons; Meeting with Dr. Ching-Chin Chen, Professor and Associate Dean; Meeting with Dale Flacker, Associate Director for Planning and Systems, Harvard University, Robin Wendler, Bibliographic Analyst Librarian
Friday - Visited Fine Arts Library's Cataloging department, meeting with catalogers; Meeting with Martha Mahard, Curator for Visual Collections; Delivered lecture on The Current Status of Libraries and Librarians in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Boston Public Library

Week 11 May 1 - 5
Monday - SRR
Tuesday - SRR; Delivered lecture on The Current Status of Libraries and Librarians in Bosnia-Herzegovina at Guilford Public Library
Wednesday - Travelled to Washington D.C. in order to visit the Library of Congress
Thursday - Visited the Library of Congress, European Division with David Kraus, Assistant Chief, European Division, Predrag Pajic, South Slavic Specialist, and other catalogers from the European Division; Delivered lecture on The Current Status of Libraries and Librarians in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Library of Congress; Visited the Office for Descriptive Cataloging Policy and Slavic Cataloging Division; Visited the Library of Congress with a tourist guide
Friday - Visited the Library of Congress Cataloging Division, South Slavic Team

Week 12 May 8 - 12
Monday - SRR; Visited the Divinity Library with Paul Stuehrenberg
Tuesday - Friday - SRR

All the activities described above were performed by Ms. Zeco during the first three months of her internship at the Yale University Library. Initially it had been planned that at the end of those three months, she would return to Sarajevo. However, the tight encirclement of the city made travel to or from Sarajevo impossible. Consequently, Ms. Zeco's internship at Yale was extended for one month by the Russian and East European Council and for an additional three months by UNESCO.

May 15 - September 30
During this period, Ms. Munevera Zeco continued to work on identification of Bosniaca materials at Yale.

She has been also studying the computerized ORBIS system used at Yale University Library. She has been learning the Online Library Catalog (OPAC) and other Citation Databases which includes:

  • Changing databases
  • Searching by title
  • Searching by author
  • Searching by subject heading
  • Searching by call number
  • Searching by key word
  • Keyword searching using qualifiers
  • Reviewing/revising searches
  • Subject searching
One of her tasks was to learn how to interpret records in the MARC (machine-readable cataloging) format. This involved proficiency in the usage not only of records in ORBIS, but also of records in the Library of Congress database, with which Yale maintains a computer link. Once she had mastered this, she learned to input records of newly-received library materials into ORBIS. ORBIS is the system for all stages of the acquisitions and cataloging processes. It allows for ordering, receiving, paying, and fully cataloging of library materials. This is done on bibliographic, copy holdings and order/pay/receipt screens.

Ms. Zeco has learned to create and use all types of records. She has also learned how to derive bibliographic information from the Library of Congress into ORBIS. The skills which she has acquired during her internship are ones which would be readily applicable to the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Other Accomplishments
Ms. Zeco has been instrumental in the work on Bosniaca. Her presence at Yale inspired a broad library community effort to recreate as fully as possible a bibliography of Bosniaca, as the necessary preliminary to reconstituting a core library of Bosniaca in Sarajevo once peace returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Among many institutions that offered help it is important to mention OCLC, a national database. OCLC programmers plan to pull out the bibliographical information on Bosnia and Herzegovina as represented by the holdings of North American libraries and draw them together in a database. For such a database to be truly up to date the bibliographic records of many appropriate items must still be converted to machine readable form and records from several other sources need to be pulled together possibly by yearly supplements.

Last but not least, Ms. Munevera Zeco has written an article that has been accepted for publication in The Library Quarterly and will appear in the July 1996 issue of the journal. The article is entitled "The National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina During the Current War."