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

Library and Archive Assessment Project: Ural Region

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 Ural region 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 the Ural region among the American library and academic community.
  • This objective was made possible by conducting an conference for three days in the city of Ekaterinburg, at the center of the Ural region, where information was gathereed about the region's archives and libraries and an assessment was made of the state of exchange relations with libraries in the region.
  • 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 under previous IREX sponsorship in Khabarovsk (Russian Far East) and Irkutsk (Eastern Siberia) in 1994, Samara (Volga Basin) and Rostov-na-Donu (North Caucasus) in 1995, Novgorod (Russian West) and Petrozavodsk (Russian West) in 1998, and most recently in Kaliningrad ("the most western," or "samaia zapadnaia") in 1999. This time, representatives from the most important libraries and archives in the Ural region were invited to a  three 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  the attending regional libraries and archives

IREX funding of this Project will lead to improved communication and cooperation between American research libraries and archives and those in the Ural region. Without these ties it will be difficult to build and maintain strong collections from this region in American academic libraries.

The Conference in Ekaterinburg

The project funded a three day conference in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in September, 1999.  Invited were representatives of the larger libraries and archives in the Sverdlovsk Oblast (primarily from Ekaterinburg) as well as from the neighboring oblasts of the Ural Region.  In addition to Russian participants, there were three American participants - Tatjana Lorkovic (Yale University), Ellen Scaruffi (Columbia University) and Michael Neubert (Library of Congress). Tatjana Lorkovic was the overall organizer and successfully applied for funding from IREX. Ellen Scaruffi was the American specialist on archives.  Michael Neubert assisted with logistics and presentations on library-related matters.

The Ekaterinburg conference took place September 22-24, 1999 and was hosted by the Sverdlovsk Oblast Library. As host library, the Sverdlovsk  Oblast Library library staff provided invaluable help in organizing and coordinating the seminars--without their help they would not have been possible. In Ekaterinburg the conference was called (in Russian) "Biblioteki i arkhivy regiona 'Bol'shoi Ural', informatsionnye uchrezhdeniia SShA: resursy i vzaimodeistvie" [Libraries and Archives of the Greater Ural Region, Information Agencies of the USA:  Resources and Cooperation].

The conference program in Ekaterinburg 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 conference was run with each session including short presentations by both the American and Russian participants facilitating 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 the city of Ekaterinburg as well as the oblast 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 archives and libraries supplied information about their institutions which has been selectively translated and placed on web pages linked to their names, below.

Host library  Sverdlovsk Oblast Universal Scientific Library - "Belinsky"

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

Archives represented at the conference in Kaliningrad that supplied information to the conference organizers
  • Ekaterinburg - State Archives of Sverdlovsk Oblast
There is also a Quick Directory of Ural Archivists and Librarians that includes the addresses and contact information for other libraries and archives in the Ural region.

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Quick Directory of Ural Region Librarians and Archivists

The following "quick guide" provides contact information for the archivists and librarians from the Ural Region who attended the conference.  In addition, some attending supplied more detailed information about their institutions.  Links to institutional web pages are also provided here.

Go to:  Cheliabinsk // Izhevsk // Khanty-Mansiisk // Kirov // Kurgan // Orenburg // Perm' // Tiumen' // Ufa


Host library Sverdlovsk Oblast Universal Scientific Library "Belinsky"
ul. Belinskogo, 15
620219 Ekaterinburg
telephone (3432) 51-53-52
fax 51-53-52
Nadezhda Evgen'evna Tsypina, Director bibl@library.uraic.ru
Ekaterina Aleksandra Belugina, Head of the Automation Section belug@library.uraic.ru
Andrei Vital'evich Novichev, Deputy Directory for New Technologies novichev@library.uraic.ru
Valentina Aleksandrovna Terekhovich  Head of the Foreign Literature Department inostran@library.uraic.ru

Scientific Library of the Ural State University
ul. Lenina, 51
620083 Ekaterinburg
telephone (3432) 55-33-81
Tamara Ivanovna Purtova, Head of the Automation Section tamara.purtova@usu.ru

Sverdlovsk Oblast Library for Children and Youth
ul. Libnekhta, 8
620067 Ekaterinburg
telephone (3432) 51-19-12
Liudmila Arkad'evna Vorob'eva, Director

Center of Documentation of Social Organizations of Sverdlovsk Oblast [former Party Archive]
ul. Pushkina, 22
620151 Ekaterinburg
telephone (3432) 51-61-30
Iurii Mikhailovich Iarkov, Head of the Reference Service


Cheliabinsk Oblast Universal Scientific Library
pr. Lenina, 60
454091 Cheliabinsk
telephone (3512) 66-05-33
fax 66-05-33
Zinaida Semenovna Savostina, Director zss@unilib.chel.su
Sergei Anatol'evich Grigor'ev, Head of the Automation Department

Scientific Library of the Cheliabinsk State University
ul. Mologvardeitsev, 70-b
telephone (3512) 41-89-41
Nadezhda Fedorovna Grosova, Director
Nadiia Shamil'evna Sabirzianova

State Archive of Cheliabinsk Oblast
Sverdlovskii pr., 30a
454008 Cheliabinsk
telephone (3512) 35-84-33
Igor' Igorevich Vishev, Director

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Center of Documentation of Recent History of Cheliabinsk Oblast
ul. Vasenko, 45
454000 Cheliabinsk
telephone (3512) 33-93-67
Liudmila Mikhailovna Evteeva, Director


National Library of Udmurtiia
ul. Sovetskaia, 11
426000 Izhevsk
telephone (3412) 78-28-66


Khanty-Manty Okrug Library
ul. Marksa, 13
626200 Khanty-Mansiisk
(34271) 3-33-21
Erika Petrovna Surgutskaia, Director


Kirov Oblast Universal Scientific Library
ul. Gertsena, 50
610601 Viatka
telephone (8332) 62-36-40
Tat'iana Nikolaevna Elsukova, Deputy Director sova@glib.kirov.ru

State Archive of Kirov Oblast
ul. K. Marksa, 142
610027 Kirov
telephone (8332) 67-51-05
Galina Artem'evna Zemtsova, Director


Kurgan Oblast Universal Scientific Library
ul. Komsomol'skaia, 30
640651 Kurgan
telephone (35522) 22-17-63
Svetlana Egorovna Zolotykh, Director kound@komkis.zaural.su

State Archive of Kurgan Oblast
ul. Sverdlova, 11
640000 Kurgan
telephone (35222) 44-85-14
Nadezhda Vasil'evna Novikova, Director

State Archive of Social-Political Documentation of Kurgan Oblast
ul. Komsomol'skaia, 39
640000 Kurgan
telephone (3532) 22-24-49
Galina Aleksandrovna Tolstikova, Director


Orenburg Oblast Universal Scientific Library
ul. Sovetskaia, 20
460838 Orenburg
telephone (3532) 77-06-76
Liudmila Pavlovna Skovorodko, Director


Oblast Scientific Library "Gorky"
ul. Lenina, 70
614600, Perm'
telephone (3422) 33-41-89, 33-11-63
Aleksandr Fedorovich Starovoitov, Director
Bystrykh, Head of the Local History Department, zva@libp.perm.su

Library-Information Center
ul. Kuibysheva, 14
614006  Ekaterinburg
telephone (3422) 90-54-95
Nina Serafimovna Khriakova, Director
Ekaterina Sergeevna Sirotina, Deputy Director for Automation

State Archive of Perm Oblast
ul. Studencheskaia, 36
614070 Perm'
telephone (3422) 48-37-88
Elena Mikhailovna Vshivkova, Director

State Archive of Recent History and Social-Political Movements of Perm Oblast
ul. Bol'shevistskaia, 162
614068 Perm'
teleophone (3422) 33-71-23
Vadim Grigor'evich Svetlakov, Director


Tiumen' Oblast Universal Scientific Library
ul. Ordzhonikidze, 59
625000 Tiumen'
telephone (3452) 29-72-27
Anatolii Mikhaikovich Marlasov, Director

State Archive of Tiumen' Oblast
pr. Geologorazvedchikov, 21
625035 Tiumen'
telephone (3452) 32-15-40
Ol'ga Petrovna Tarasova

Center of Documentation of Recent History of Tiumen Oblast
ul. Khokhriakova, 59
625004 Tiumen'
telephone (3452) 46-24-15
Svetlana Borisovna Vlasova


ul. Lenina, 4
450025 Ufa
telephone (3472) 22-04-89
Alibaev, Saufan Aftakhovich

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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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