Description of the SEEC Library Fellows Program
SEEC Library Fellowships at Yale allow librarians from East European countries to spend several months in the United States and learn about American librarianship within the setting of a major American research university. The Fellows see daily demonstrations of how modern academic libraries operate, and receive hands-on experience in acquisitions and cataloging. Fellows have an opportunity to understand American librarianship more broadly through instruction at Yale and training visits to other institutions.
The Fellows are trained in the Library of Congress Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC) system which is a world standard for catalogs of all sorts among computerized library facilities. Additionally, the Fellows are encouraged to attend Teaching Seminars organized each term to update library staff on the latest in methodology and information technology. There are seven curators of international collections with whom the Fellows meet to share information, including the African, East Asian, Judaica, Latin American, Near Eastern, and Southeast Asian Collections in addition to the SEEC. The Fellows are introduced to scholars well beyond the library staff in order to understand the roles of the Yale Library and the SEEC within the University community. They are introduced to the faculty of the academic departments of relevance to their individual backgrounds, such as Slavic Languages and Literatures and Russian Language. The Council on Russian and East European Studies also plays a primary role in introducing them to relevant faculty members since the Council consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty members whose scholarly work focuses on Russian or East European Studies.
Toward the end of each Fellow's term, the Curator and her staff discuss in detail strategies that can be used for successful transmission of information, making sure that each Fellow understands and can apply the necessary skills, taking into account the specific elements of the individual's home institution and administration. Upon returning home, the Fellows will be prepared to give professional lectures to colleagues, sharing with them the educational aspects of the experience. They also are encouraged to attend national and regional conferences to more fully establish a network among their colleagues. It has been our experience with past interns that colleagues within their home institutions frequently ask the returnees for information and assistance, and the professional networks the interns established during their stay in the U.S. proved valuable in responding effectively.
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