Library and Archive Assessment Project: Western Russia
An IREX Special Project in Library and Information Science with Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia
"A project to increase awareness of and disseminate information about libraries and archives in Western Russia among the American library and academic community"
This workshop approach to library assessment survey travel was used successfully in Khabarovsk (Russian Far East), Irkutsk (Eastern Siberia) (1994), Samara (Volga Basin), and Rostov-na-Donu (North Caucasus) (1995) under previous IREX sponsorship. This time, representatives from the twenty-three most important libraries in the Western Russia region were invited to two three-day seminars. Each included sessions on:
IREX funding of this Project will lead to improved communication and cooperation between American research libraries and those in Western Russia. Without these ties it will be almost impossible to build and maintain strong collections from this region in American academic libraries.
The Seminars Held in Novgorod and Petrozavodsk
The project funded two sets of seminars in two Russian cities, Novgorod and Petrozavodsk. In addition to Russian participants, there were three American librarians, Tatjana Lorkovic (Yale University), Eric Johnson (Library of Congress), and Michael Neubert (Library of Congress). Tatjana Lorkovic was the overall organizer who applied for funding from IREX. Eric Johnson and Michael Neubert assisted with logistics and presentations.
The Novgorod seminars: took place May 19-21 and were hosted by the Novgorod Oblast Library. As host library, the Novgorod oblast library staff provided invaluable help in organizing and coordinating the seminars--without their help they would not have been possible. In Novgorod the seminars were called "On the Development of Ties between Libraries of Western Russia and Libraries of the USA.". Nine regional Russians libraries sent representatives. Significant assistance and cooperation was also received from the Novgorod State University Library.
The seminar program in Novgorod 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, library "public relations," interlibrary loan and document delivery, and international cooperation.
The Petozavodsk seminars: took place May 27-29 and were hosted by the National Library of the Republic of Kareliia. As in Novgorod, the National Library's staff provided extensive assistance in organizing and coordinating the seminars which would not have otherwise been possible. In Petrozavodsk the seminars were called "Library Cooperation : Theory and Practice." Ten regional Russian libraries sent representatives as well as libraries from Finland and Estonia (fellow Finno-Ugric countries). Significant assistance and cooperation was also received from the Petrozavodsk State University Library.
The seminar program in Petrozavodsk included sessions on cooperation between Finno-Ugric libraries, book exchanges, sources of funding and grantsmanship as well as opportunities for work experiences in the US, Internet resources, interlibrary loan and document delivery, library management, new methods for library "publishing" (including the Internet), modern libraries and society, and international cooperation.
In both Novgorod and Petrozavodsk, 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.
In both Novgorod and Petrozavodsk, federal level libraries such as the Russian National Library (St. Petersburg) and the Library of Foreign Literature (Moscow) sent representatives. A number of commercial companies also sent representatives who made presentations to the regional librarians.
At this writing there are no web pages containing detailed summary information about Russian libraries.
There are a number of sites that point to web pages of individual Russian libraries. Some Russian library pages are in English as well as in Russian, but the majority are in Russian only (a few are also in other languages, for example, Finnish). In order to read Russian web pages, you must have properly installed and configured the correct fonts.
These are some of the more useful sites:
The participating libraries supplied information about their libraries which has been selectively translated and placed on web pages linked to their names, below.
The Novgorod Seminars
Host library Novgorod Oblast Universal Scientific Library
Regional libraries represented in Novgorod
The Petrozavodsk Seminars
Host library National Library of the Republic of Kareliia
Regional libraries represented in Petrozavodsk
Where Russian words are represented on this web site, Latin letters are used. The transliteration scheme is the Library of Congress system.
(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. email@example.com.)
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