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Library Assessment Project: North Caucasus and the Volga Basin

Michael Neubert
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Library Survey and Contacts

Workshops held in Samara

Cheboksary

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Chuvashskoi Respubliki
(National Library of the Chuvash Republic)
428000, Cheboksary
pr. Lenina, 15

• Zinaida Vasil'evna Andreeva, Director
phone: (8350) 22-08-21
e-mail: bibl@vti.mastak.msk.su
• Tamara Fedorovna Selivanova, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 22-40-43
• Irina Viktorovna Balkova, Deputy Director
• Natal'ia Fedorovna Nikitina, Head of Automation

This library was founded in 1871 and has 1.9 million items in its collections. Materials in the humanities and in the Chuvash language are the greatest strengths. The library has only two foreign exchange partners. An electronic catalog of newly published local materials in Russian and Chuvash is being maintained, and the library is using e-mail. There are plans to organize a union catalog for the republic. Personal computers are also used to prepare the library's own publications. Space for the library is needed, and there are plans for a new building. The library reports that local Chuvash publishing houses are now publishing less material in Russian, while publishing the same amount of material in Chuvash.

Ioshkar-Ola

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Im. S.G. Chavaina Mariiskoi Respubliki
(National Library of the Mari Republic)
424000, Ioshkar-Ola
ul. Pushkina, 28

• Vasilii Georgievich Ianalov, Director
phone: (83625) 5-79-19
• Tat'iana Vasil'evna Verina, Deputy Director
• Taisiia Semenovna Makarova, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 5-56-23

This library was founded in 1922. Its collections contain about 1.2 million items, with a special emphasis on materials in the Mari language. The library has subscriptions to 700 periodicals, including 10 foreign ones. They report that about 80 percent of the publishing in the republic is in Russian with the remainder in minority languages. Automation efforts are just beginning-the greatest interest is in creating a union catalog of books in Mari published since 1775. The library does not have e-mail yet, although it is planned.

Nauchnaia Biblioteka Mariiskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Mari State University Scientific Library)
424002, Ioshkar-Ola
ul. Krasnoarmeiskaia, 71

• Regina Arturovna Panova, Director
phone: (83625) 6-41-75
fax: 5-45-81
e-mail: postmaster@margu.mari.su
• Liudmila Aleskandrovna Sablina, Director of the Information Center at the Library
• Liubov' Leonidovna Kalinichenko, Head of Acquisitions

The library's collections consist of about 500,000 volumes, with subscriptions to about 350 newspapers and journals, none of which are foreign. The library does not report any foreign exchange partners at present. It is using two PCs to create an on-line catalog of new acquisitions and is planning retrospective work. They are also planning to acquire access to the Internet in the next year. They report that they use e-mail occasionally. Interestingly, this library reports, somewhat counterintuitively, that it now has more workers with higher education than five years ago. The library has created a commercial educational center that offers courses in librarianship and brokering information. It now also serves as the regional middleman, acquiring materials for all libraries in higher education institutions in the republic.

Izhevsk

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Udmurtskoi Respubliki
(National Library of the Udmurt Republic)
426057, Izhevsk
ul. Sovetskaia, 11

• Nelli Mikhailovna Sabina, Director
phone: (3412) 78-28-66
• Galina Gavrilovna Kalinina, Deputy Director
• Diana Valentinovna Stankevich, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 78-10-95

This library was founded in 1919. Its collections contain about 1.5 million items. The library subscribes to 1,300 periodical titles, but no foreign ones. It has five foreign exchange partners-primarily libraries in countries where there is a complementary interest in Finno-Ugric questions. The library has significant automation with 20 PCs on a local area network (LAN). Processes such as interlibrary loan has been automated. They are also planning to produce a CD-ROM called Pamiat Udmurtii (Memory of Udmurtiia).

Kazan

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Respubliki Tatarstan
(National Library of Tatarstan)
420111, Kazan'
ul. Lenina, 33

• Razil' Ismagilovich Valeev, Director
phone: (8432) 32-76-89 (general), 38-72-62 (director)
fax: 36-39-22
e-mail: nbrt@glas.apc.org or library@nlib.ksu.ras.ru
• Elena Osipovna Sorokina, Exchange Librarian
phone: 38-71-46

This library was founded in 1865 and has been the republic library since 1934. The collections contain 3.5 million items. Materials in the Tatar language are emphasized. The library has subscriptions to 850 periodical titles of which 40 are foreign. It has 20 established foreign exchange partners-mainly institutions with an interest in Tatar studies. An automated union catalog of books in Tatar published from 1722 to 1917 is in process. They are also planning to have an on-line catalog for currently acquired materials and to automate other processes. The library has plans to move to a new building, but it is not clear when.

Orenburg

Orenburgskaia Oblastnaia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. N.K. Krupskoi
(Orenburg Oblast Universal Scientific Library)
460838, Orenburg
ul. Sovetskaia, 20

• Liudmila Pavlovna Skovorodko, Director
phone: (3532) 47-06-76
• Natal'ia Vadimovna Nikitina, Deputy Director
• Liubov' Aleksandrovna Vezikova, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 47-08-50

This library was founded in 1838 and has collections of more than 2.4 million items. It subscribes to 130 periodicals. Nine of these are foreign. This library reported using both the Universal Decimal Classification (UDK) and the Library-Bibliographic Classification (BBK), whereas most Russian libraries continue to use the Soviet BBK exclusively. Automation began in 1994, and the library now has eight PCs. The library actually increased the number of staff when it added an automation department.

Riazan

Riazanskaia Oblastnaia Univeral'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. M. Gor'kogo
(Riazan' Oblast Universal Scientific Library)
390000, Riazan'
ul. Lenina, 52

• Liudmila Aleksandrovna Pronina, Director
phone: (0912) 77-33-50, 77-58-88
fax: (095) 973-00-95
e-mail: book@library.ryazan.su
• Natal'ia Aleksandrovna Vyropaeva, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 77-58-62

This library was founded in 1858, and collections include over one million items. The library subscribes to 1,000 serial titles of which 30 are foreign. It has five foreign exchange partners. This library reported that acquiring research materials-both foreign and domestic-is the greatest difficulty this library has at present, unlike most libraries which report financial and related problems. The library has begun automating its catalog, has some databases on compact disk, and uses e-mail, although the director complained about the cost of this. A lack of funds is preventing the library from doing as much retrospective conversion as they would like. The library has actually increased its staff by 15 to 180 including its branches.

Samara

Samarskaia Oblastnaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka
(Samara Oblast Universal Scientific Library)
443110, Samara
pr. Lenina, 14a

• Petr Vasil'evich Petrishev, Director
• Liudmila Gennad'evna Zaval'naia, Deputy Director
phone: (8462) 35-67-54, 35-15-02 (director), 35-44-80 (Zaval'naia),
fax: 34-34-16
• Emiliia Evgen'evna Rindziunskaia, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 35-65-81

This library was founded in 1860. It has almost four million items in its collections. Its building was finished in 1989 but is already at full capacity. It subscribes to 1,120 periodicals of which 20 are foreign. So far the library has not had any foreign exchange partners, but it is going to start an exchange with the Library of Congress. The library has 40 PCs, and some operate on a LAN system. An on-line catalog of new acquisitions with 40,000 plus records is being maintained, and there is a separate, much more detailed 10,000 record catalog of local history literature-a common target for automation in such libraries. The library is planning to get access to the Internet and information resources in foreign countries. E-mail is considered a lower priority because the library feels it is expensive given the small number of libraries and others it would communicate with-an interesting observation.

Biblioteka Samarskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Samara State University Library)
443086, Samara
ul. Potapova, 64/163

• Galina Andreevna Barsukova, Director
phone: (8462) 54-35-20
fax: 34-54-17 (for whole university)
e-mail: root@univer.samara.su (for whole university)
mba@ssu.samara.emnet.ru (Interlibrary Loan Department)
• Larisa Alekseevna Mikhailova, Aquisitions Librarian

This library has 600,000 books in its collections, but only 110,000 titles, as well as 104,000 bound periodical issues. It does not have any exchanges but will be starting an exchange with the Library of Congress and Yale University after the workshops. The library is just beginning to work seriously towards developing an automated catalog and has added e-mail, which is being used to facilitate interlibrary loans within Russia, among other things.

Fundamental'naia Biblioteka Samarskogo Pedagogicheskogo Universiteta
(Library of the Samara Pedagogical University)
443099, Samara
ul. M. Gor'kogo, 65/67 Biblioteka

• Liudmila Aleksandrovna Kiseleva
phone: (8462) 39-82-91
fax: 33-03-57
• Valentina Mikhailovna Sedoikina, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 39-82-91

The library was founded in 1929 and has 900,000 volumes, but only 50,000 titles, as is typical for a collection supporting a former pedagogical institute. The library's collections are narrowly focused on pedagogy, history, philology, and physics. It does not have any foreign exchange partners, but would be interested in having some. The library is converting to Universal Decimal Classification, which is made difficult by a lack of a complete set of tables. Computers will only be acquired and automation begun in 1996.

Saransk

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Im. A.S. Pushkina Mordovskoi Respubliki
(National Library of Mordovia)
430000, Saransk
Tsentr, ul. B. Khmel'nitskogo, 26

• Antonina Nikolaevna Shatova, Director
phone: (8342) 17-58-97
• Galina Petrovna Boinova
phone: 17-62-55

Founded in 1899, this library has 1.2 million items in its collections which focus on the history of the region and materials in the Mordvin language. The library has no foreign exchange partners. Unlike most libraries, they report that up to 90 percent of the books announced in local templany are actually published. The library has created an automation department and is slowly creating an automated catalog. This National Library fulfills the functions of a Mordvin book chamber.

Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. Bakhtina Mordovskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Mordovian State University Library)
430000, Saransk
ul. Bol'shevitskaia, 68

• Aleksandr Vladimirovich Smol'ianov, Director
phone: (83422) 4-49-91
• Valentina Kuprina
phone: 9-97-21

The library was founded in 1931 as the library of the Mordovian Pedagogical Institute. In 1957 it became the library of the university, as the institute received university status. The library has over two million items in its collections and subscribes to 789 serial titles of which 123 are foreign. It has no foreign exchange partners. The library has 11 PCs on a LAN system and has begun an on-line catalog. It works cooperatively with the National Library of Mordovia and plans to add e-mail in the near future.

Saratov

Saratovskaia Oblastnaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka
(Saratov Oblast Universal Scientific Library)
410730, Saratov
ul. Gor'kogo, 40

• Liudmila Anatol'evna Kanushina, Director
phone: (8452) 24-15-28
• Galina Sergeevna Morozova, Head of Acquisitions

This library was founded in 1831. It has more than 2.5 million items in its collctions, including 1.2 million books with 400,000 titles. It subscribes to 130 serial titles of which 30 are foreign. The library has no foreign exchange partners. It reports that the local bibkollektor still plays the main role in supplying books to local libraries, although there are more than 50 other local wholesale organizations that supply books as well. Automation plans are being made, including a LAN system and use of e-mail.

Zonal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Saratovskogo
Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta Im. N.G. Chernyshevskogo
(Saratov State University Regional Library)
410071, Saratov
ul. Universitetskaia, 42

• Vera Aleksandrovna Artisevich, Director
phone: (8452) 24-54-14
fax: 24-04-46
e-mail: library@scnit.saratov.su
• Eleonora Leonidovna Shatalina, Head of Acquisitions

Founded in 1909 along with the Saratov State University, the library reports that as of January 1, 1995, it had 2,894,368 items in its collections. This library has been quite active in establishing exchanges with foreign libraries and now has 42 exchange partners-just one in the US, the Library of Congress, but seven in Germany, nine in Poland, and two in Japan. It has been willing to offer books from the entire Saratov region, and not just those of the university printing house. The library reports that in 1994 there were about 50 publishers of all kinds in Saratov; in Soviet times there were only two. The library also reports that a number of German language newspapers are being published in the region for the local Volga Germans. The library has done extensive work in automating its operations. It is creating its own databases on regional economy and other topics. The use of e-mail is considerable: in addition to the usual communications, the library receives data from the Russian book chamber and even subscribes to freely available western information sources such as Uncover Reveal.

Saratov University Library is a regional library that has greater responsibilities for the support of other university libraries in its region. It also has significant responsibility for serving the public in Saratov oblast, and the director reports that the library receives financial assistance from the oblast administration, which is unusual.

The library acquires materials in several ways. It buys books from the central Moscow bibkollektor, from the local Saratov bibkollektor, and finally it buys books at a discount from a company that runs a kiosk in the library entry. The library reports that in recent years local publishers have moved away from publishing detective novels and romances. They now publish more serious scholarly works, reference books, and children's literature, as well as prerevolutionary classics and emigre literature, which sell quite well.

Ufa

Bashkirskaia Respublikanskaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. N.K. Krupskoi
(Bashkir Republic Universal Scientific Library)
450000, Ufa
ul. Lenina, 4

• Mukhamet Khazievich Zakirov, Director
phone: (3472) 22-04-89, 22-57-20

NOTE: this library's data was not confirmed by questionnaire.

This library was founded in 1921. Its collections include 2.9 million items.

Biblioteka Bashkirskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Library of the Bashkir State University)
450074, Ufa
ul. Frunze, 32

• Evgeniia Georgievna Gel'vanovskaia, Director
phone: (3472) 23-66-26
fax: 33-16-77
• Rozaliia Deniakhshovna Iusopova, Acquisitions Librarian
• Natal'ia Nikolaevna Isaeva, Acquisitions Librarian
phone: 23-67-38

The library was founded in 1920 and assumed its present name when the Bashkir Pedagogical Institute was upgraded to Bashkir State University in 1957. Collections include about one million items. The library has 11 foreign exchange partners. It reports that publishing in Bashkir has increased greatly since 1990, with the publisher "Kitap" being the most active. Library automation is only in the early stages, having begun in 1995. The university receives no funding from the republic government.

Ulianovsk

Ul'ianovskaia Oblastnaia Nauchnaia Biblioteka-Dvorets Knigi Im. V.I. Lenina
(Ulianovsk Oblast Scientific Library)
432700, Ul'ianovsk
ul. Kommunisticheskaia, 3

• Inna Eduardovna Baranovskaia, Director
phone: (8422) 31-32-89
fax: 31-38-84
• Nadezhda Dmitrievna Zaliaplieva, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 31-22-02

This library was founded in 1848, and its collections include 2.3 million items. It has had some contacts with foreign libraries, but no significant exchanges, although they are interested in having them. The library is not subscribing to foreign periodicals at present because of the expense. For the same reason, the library does not have e-mail, although it has had it in the past and expects to have it again in the future. The library reports that newspapers are now being published in the oblast in Tatar, Chuvash, and German, whereas before 1991 there was no publishing in languages other than Russian. The library started automation activities in 1991. It has a LAN system that uses CD-ROMs and connects 9 of the library's 15 departments.

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Astrakhan

Astrakhanskaia Oblastnaia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. N.K. Krupskoi
(Astrakhan Oblast Scientific Library)
414000, Astrakhan'
ul. Trusova, 14

• Liudmila Vasil'evna Soboleva, Director
phone: (85100) 22-33-89
e-mail: root@libr.astrakhan.su
• Viktoriia Konstantinovna Golovacheva, Deputy Director
• Antonina Pavlovna Datskaia, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 22-76-84

This library was founded in 1838, and collections include over 2.2 million items. It has not had any foreign exchange partners. The library is in the process of automating and is working cooperatively with other libraries in the lower Volga region. The library obtained e-mail at the end of 1995.

Cherkessk

Karachaevo-Cherkesskaia Respublikanskaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka
(Karachaevo-Cherkessk Republic Universal Scientific Library)
357100, Cherkessk
ul. Krasnoarmeiskaia, 49

• Nina Dmitrievna Belova, Director
phone: (86571) 2-36-76
• Tamara Andreevna Ribizheva, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 2-32-96

This library was founded in 1922. It has collections of 600,000 items and receives more than 800 serial titles. The collections emphasize materials on the history of the Karachaevo-Cherkessk republic and the Caucasus, as well as materials in the languages of the republic-Cherkessk, Karachaev, Abazinsk, and Nogai. The library does not have any foreign exchange partners. Automation is being planned for the near future.

Elista

Biblioteka Kalmytskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Kalmyk State University Library)
358000, Respublika Kalmykiia
Elista
ul. Pushkina, 11

• Nadezhda Vladimirovna Belousova
phone: (84722) 5-31-46
• Galina Tsebekovna Saranova, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 5-31-61

This library has about 800,000 items in its collections. It has no foreign exchange partners. Publishing in Kalmyk has increased, the library reports, as has the amount of publishing of local history. The publishing house "Dzhangar" is the most active, publishing books in Kalmyk, including books about Kalmyk history and language. The library has yet to begin automation.

Krasnodar

Krasnodarskaia Kraevaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. A.S. Pushkina
(Krasnodar Krai Universal Scientific Library)
350640, Krasnodar
ul. Krasnaia, 8

• Liudmila Mikhailovna Shevchenko, Director
phone: (8612) 52-54-55
• Evgeniia Ivanovna Krikova, Deputy Director

NOTE: this library's data was not confirmed by questionnaire.

This library was founded in 1900. Its collections contain more than 1.3 million items.

Nauchnaia Biblioteka Kubanskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Kuban State University Library)
350040, Krasnodar
ul. Stavropol'skaia, 149

• Galina Vasil'evna Soloveva, Director
phone: (8612) 33-69-36
fax: 33-98-87
• Elena Sergeevna Masteritsyna, Head of Acquisitions
• Irina Alekseevna Vereskun, Librarian

The library has about one million items in its collections and 175,000 titles. It has no exchange partners, but is interested in starting exchanges. Irina Vereskun spent a year in the United States as a Freedom Support Act fellow, attending library school at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. In 1995 the library created an automation department that has three PCs and a staff of four. They are implementing the MARC library automation system.

Maikop

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Respubliki Adygeia
(National Library of the Adygei Republic)
352700, Maikop
ul. Komsomol'skaia, 189

• Nina Ivanovna Soskova, Director
phone: (86175) 2-11-70
• Galina Ivanovna Voronina, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 2-23-57

This library was established in 1905 and became the republic library in 1991. Collections include over one-half million items, of which 7,400 are books in the Adeigei language. The library does not have any foreign exchange partners. It reports that many more books are being published about Adeigei history, literature, and language as well as books published in the Adeigei language. The library is pursuing automation and has nine computers. They are using the program sponsored by the Ministry of Culture. Now that the library has become a national library, it has new responsibilities to serve the government, and has taken on new staff to do so.

Makhachkala

Dagestanskaia Respublikanskaia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. A.S. Pushkina
(Dagestan Republic Scientific Library)
367025, Makhachkala
ul. Lenina, 12B

• Kurban Shakhbanovich Omarov
phone: (8720) 68-26-46
• Siiadat Akhmedovna Akhmedova, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 68-43-61

The library was founded in 1900 and has been the republic library since 1940. Its collections contain more than 1.1 million items, and the library subscribes to over 500 periodicals. It does not have a foreign literature department although it plans to open one in 1996, and as yet does not subscribe to foreign periodicals. The library does not have any foreign partners, but will begin an exchange with the Library of Congress. The library has received support from the republic government to construct a new building, which the library will be moving into in 1996.  

The library reports that publishing in the indigenous languages of Dagestan has increased greatly since 1990. "Dagknigizdat" and "Daguchpedgiz" each publish books as well as periodicals in nine languages. At this point, about 70 percent of publishing in the republic is still in Russian, but that seems to be declining. The library has yet to begin automation, but this is planned to begin after the move to the new building. A national bibliography of all publications in Dagestan is maintained. Like many national libraries of autonomous republics, they rely heavily on direct contacts with publishers for their acquisitions, as well as other techniques. The library works officially in nine languages, although there are more than that in Dagestan.

Biblioteka Dagestanskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Dagestan State University Library)
367025, Makhachkala
ul. Batyraia, 1

• Liubov' Ivanovna Alieva, Director
phone: 68-02-74
• Misai M. Suleimanova, Head of Acquisitions

This library has collections of two million items, including 800,000 titles. It was founded in 1957, using the resources of the former library of the Dagestan Pedagogical Institute. It has foreign exchange partners in England and Poland, but has yet to begin automation. The library has increased its staff in the last five years, and the director notes that they have staff from 17 nationalities working in the library. It is planning to begin automation and would also like to increase international contacts. Unusually, this university library receives some financial support from the local government.

Nalchik

Natsional'naia Biblioteka Republiki Kabardino-Balkarii
(National Library of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkariia)
360004, Nal'chik
ul. Nogmova, 42

• Khabaz Khalustanovich Kelemetov, Director
phone: (86600) 2-37-03
• Raisa Khorunovna Takaeva, Deputy Director
• Tamara Aleksandrovna Teuvazhukova, Head of Acquisitions
phone: 5-40-04

This library was founded in 1921 and has collections containing more than 1.8 million items. It is beginning to automate several library processes, including acquisitions and cataloging. It is creating a database of literature about the region.

Biblioteka Kabardino-Balkarskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Kabardino-Balkar State University Library)
360004, Nal'chik
ul. Chernyshevskogo, 173

• Roza Nazirovna Unacheva, Director
phone: (86600) 2-52-54

NOTE: this library's data was not confirmed by questionnaire.

The library was founded in 1932 as the library of the Kabardino-Balkar Pedagogical Institute, which became the state university in 1957.

Rostov-on-Don

Donskaia Gosudarstvennaia Publichnaia Biblioteka
(Don State Public Library)
344022, Rostov-on-Don
ul. Pushkinskaia, 175

• Alla Dmitrievna Bocharova, Director
• Evgeniia Mikhailovna Kolesnikova, Deputy Director
phone: (8632) 66-68-22 (reception), 64-06-00 (deputy director)
fax: 64-66-96 (also director's phone)
e-mail: root@donlib.rnd.su

This library was founded in 1886 and has collections of more than 7 million items, with more than 2 million titles. It is housed in a new building which is in good repair. The library does not have exchanges. It reports that there are a large number of new publishers in Rostov, but the most interesting is "Feniks," which publishes reprints of historical bestsellers, new quality textbooks, dictionaries, and other quality literature. The library uses the MARC system and has 40 PCs, of which 25 are on a LAN system. Even reader registration is automated. Library staff wear photo-ID cards-something I have not seen at other Russian libraries. The library increased its staff when it moved into the new building, where there is also a USIS-funded American Center.

Zonal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Rostovskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Rostov State University Regional Library)
344049, Rostov-on-Don
ul. Pushkinskaia, 148

• Svetlana Vladimirovna Berezovskaia, Director
phone: (8632) 65-43-63
fax: 64-52-55
e-mail: znb@rsu.rnd.su
• Tat'iana Nikolaevna Udovenko, Head of Acquisitions
• Tekle Arutiunovna Tepoian, Head of Exchanges

This library was founded in 1869 in Warsaw as part of the Russian University there. In 1915 it was evacuated along with the university, first to Moscow, then later to Rostov. Its collections contain more than 2.2 million items. The head of exchanges, Tekle Tepoian, spent six months in the United States as a Fulbright scholar and is actively pursuing exchanges with American and other libraries. The library has 72 foreign exchange partners. It has a LAN system and is implementing the use of the Russian library automation system, MARC, from Inform-sistema. In the future the library's branches may be included in the system.

This library is a regional library. It receives limited funding from the Ministry of Higher Education to pursue these activies. The library does not receive any funds from the oblast government.

Stavropol

Stavropol'skaia Kraevaia Biblioteka Im. M.Iu. Lermontova
(Stavropol' Krai Library)
355102, Stavropol'
ul. Kominterna, 14

• Larisa Pavlovna Durenko, Director
phone: (86522) 3-03-12, 3-09-70
• Tamara Ivanovna Kravtsova, Head of Acquisitions

NOTE: this library's data was not confirmed by questionnaire.

This library was founded in 1853. Its collections contain more than 1.1 million items.

Vladikavkaz

Severo-Osetinskaia Respublikanskaia Nauchnaia Biblioteka
(North Ossetian Republic Scientific Library)
362000, Vladikavkaz
ul. Kotsoveva, 43

• Elena Agubeevna Gazdanova, Director
phone: (86722) 5-32-31
• Klara Beksultanovna Dausova, Deputy Director

This library was founded in 1895 as a city library and has served as the republic library since 1936. On the questionnaire the library also gave the alternate name "The National Library of Northern Ossetia," Natsionalnaia Biblioteka Respublika Severo-Osetii. The collections include over 1.3 million items. The library has no foreign exchange partners. It has not automated any of its operations, but is planning to start. It also reports that about 70 percent of books published in the republic are in Russian, although the percentage of publications in indigenous languages is increasing.

Volgograd

Volgogradskaia Oblastnaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. M. Gor'kogo
(Volgograd Oblast Universal Scientific Library)
400066, Volgograd
ul. Mira, 15

• Aleksandr Konstanovich Fedorov, Director
phone: (8442) 36-28-21
• Nelli Vasil'evna Neiman, Deputy Director

NOTE: this library's data was not confirmed by questionnaire.

This library was founded in 1900, and the collections include almost two million items. Although this library did not return its questionnaire, there are several points to make. It has begun an exchange with the Library of Congress. Also, the library's director is a former Russian army officer who served in Afghanistan. Apparently he has brought some order into the library.

Biblioteka Volgogradskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Volgograd State University Library)
400062, Volgograd
ul. 2-ia Prodol'naia, 30

• Kseniia Ivanovna Kokoreva, Director
phone: (8442) 43-30-74
• Lidiia Georgievna Borisova, Head of Automation
• Liudmila Nikolaevna Ramazanova, Head of Acquisitions

This library has collections of 500,000 items, including 170,000 titles. It subscribes to 550 serial titles, none of which are foreign. The library has five foreign exchange partners, which is a decrease due to the increase in postage costs, but they hope to improve this in the future. The library has a LAN system with ten PCs and is using Inform-sistema's MARC. Staff has been added because the university has grown. A separate building for the main branch of the library is being built, financed partly by the local government.

Voronezh

Voronezhskaia Oblastnaia Universal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Im. I.S. Nikitina
(Voronezh Oblast Universal Scientific Library)
394690, Voronezh
pr. Lenina, 2

• Tamara Georgievna Savel'eva, Director
phone: (0732) 55-05-51
• Liudmila Mikhailovna Smirnova, Deputy Director
• Iuliia Mikhailovna Ninenkova, Head of Acquisitions

This library was founded in 1864 and has three million items in its collections. It subscribes to about 1,000 serial titles and has no foreign exchange partners at present because of the cost of postage. The library has 28 PCs and has automated a number of areas, including acquisitions and cataloging of newly received materials.

Zonal'naia Nauchnaia Biblioteka Voronezhskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
(Voronezh State University Regional Library)
394000, Voronezh
pr. Revoliutsii, 24

• Svetlana Vladimirovna Yants, Director
phone: (0732) 55-35-59
fax: (0732) 56-65-51 (for the whole university)
e-mail: root@lib.vucnit.voronezh.su
• Galina Mikhailovna Gracheva, Head of Automation
• Liubov' Aleksandrovna Kats, Head of International Book Exchange

The library was founded in 1918, using in part the materials of the former Iurevskii University Library. Its collections contain three million items. The library subscribes to 672 serial titles of which 65 are periodicals. With more than 100 exchanges with foreign libraries it is one of the most active provincial libraries. The library reports that the local bibkollektor supplies about 6 percent of the books it acquires. Liubov Kats was in the United States for three months as a Library of Congress/Soros Foundation fellow. The library has automated most basic library functions. Significant plans to add more personal computers, access to databases via the Internet, and CD-ROMs are in the works. This library, like several others, reported that it has added staff in order to pursue automation and commercial activities, i.e., fee-based services.

This library is a regional library. It receives some financial support from the Ministry of Higher Education. It does not receive funds from the oblast government, although the local authorities recognize that it is the most important library in the region.

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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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