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The Library Assessment Project / North Caucasus and the Volga Basin / Kaliningrad / Ural Region / Western Russia

Library and Archive Assessment Project: Kaliningrad

An IREX Special Project in Library and Information Science with Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia

 

Tatjana Lorkovic
Project Organizer

Curator, Slavic and
East European Collections
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale University

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Project Summary

Mission Statment

"A project to increase awareness of and disseminate information about libraries and archives in Kaliningrad among the American library and academic community"

 

General Information

The main objective of this Project is to increase awareness of and disseminate information about libraries and archives in Kaliningrad Oblast among the American library and academic community. This objective was made possible by conducting an conference for two days in the city of Kaliningrad, which gathereed information about the oblast's archives and libraries and assessed the state of exchange relations with libraries in the area. The results are published on this web site. This is based on summaries of responses to questionnaires from the regional libraries and archives. This workshop approach to library assessment survey travel was used successfully in Khabarovsk (Russian Far East), Irkutsk (Eastern Siberia) (1994), Samara (Volga Basin), Rostov-na-Donu (North Caucasus) (1995), Novgorod, and Petrozavodsk (Russian West) (1998) under previous IREX sponsorship. This time, representatives from the most important libraries and archives in Kaliningrad Oblast were invited to a two day conference. The conference included: establishing exchange relations with American research libraries use of "public relations" techniques by libraries and archives the role of the Internet in libraries and archives completion of detailed questionnaires by representatives of each library and archive IREX funding of this Project will lead to improved communication and cooperation between American research libraries and archives and those in Kaliningrad Oblast. Without these ties it will be difficult to build and maintain strong collections from this region in American academic libraries.

The project funded a two day conference Kaliningrad, Russia, in May 1999.  Invited were representatives of the larger libraries in the city of Kaliningrad and from Kaliningrad Oblast as well as the two larger state archives in the city of Kaliningrad.  In addition to Russian participants, there were three American librarians, Tatjana Lorkovic (Yale University), Ellen Scaruffi, and Michael Neubert (Library of Congress). Tatjana Lorkovic was the overall organizer and applied for the funding from IREX. Ellen Scaruffi was the American specialist on archives.  Michael Neubert assisted with logistics and presentations on library-related matters.

The Kaliningrad seminars: took place May 26th and 27th and were hosted by the Kaliningrad Oblast Library. As host library, the Kaliningrad oblast library staff provided invaluable help in organizing and coordinating the seminars--without their help they would not have been possible. In Kaliningrad the seminars were called "Libraries and Archives Kaliningrad and the USA:  Theory, Practice, and Experience" (Biblioteki i arkhivy Kaliningrada i SShA:  teoriia, praktika i opyt). Assistance and cooperation was also received from the Immanuel Kant State University of Russia and the Kaliningrad State Technical University Library.

The seminar program in Kaliningrad included sessions on regional library cooperation, grantsmanship and other sources of non-budget financing, Internet resources, new methods for library "publishing" (including the Internet), book exchanges, library management, "public relations," interlibrary loan and document delivery, and international cooperation.

The seminars were run with each session including short presentations by both the American and Russian participants; a full sharing of information. Russian participants learned from the experiences of their Russian colleagues and had the experiences of the American librarians to compare to their own.

The American participants had opportunities for visits to the larger libraries in Kaliningrad oblast as well as the state archives.  This conference gave the opportunity for the American participants to gather information about the participating Russian libraries and archives that is reflected on this web site.

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List of participating Russian libraries and archives and links to information about them

The participating libraries supplied information about their libraries which has been selectively translated and placed on web pages linked to their names, below.

Host library  Kaliningrad Oblast Universal Scientific Library

Libraries represented at the conference in Kaliningrad that supplied information to the conference organizers

Archives represented at the conference in Kaliningrad that supplied information to the conference organizers

 

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(Text compiled by Michael Neubert from information supplied by Russian participants - Michael Neubert is a reference specialist, Library of Congress, European Division, Washington DC 20540-4830. mneu@loc.gov.)

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