Learn how libraries have risen to the challenges created by the fall of Communism and the rise of information technology!

How do librarians and researchers face war, social upheaval, and other challenges after the fall of Communism and the rise of digital technology? Libraries in Open Societies offers fascinating answers to this and many other questions while providing an overview of this rapidly changing arena. An international panel of authors who know the specialized concerns of libraries in Eastern Europe and the former USSR addresses topics that include the difficulty of preserving and acquiring materials, the importance of international cooperation, and the benefits and pitfalls of electronic media.

This book also discusses the rise of the Internet in Russia, the movement of international bibliographies onto the Web, and other features of the digital revolution. Libraries in Open Societies, itself an example of the value of international cooperation in the modern world, will be an important addition to your bookshelves! Other absorbing topics in Libraries in Open Societies include:

  • reconstruction of libraries in Bosnia
  • the role of the Polish émigré press in Great Britain
  • guidelines for developing Slavic literature collections
  • the creation and restoration of digital archives throughout the region
  • electronic information delivery in the United States and abroad
  • journals in Slavic and East European librarianship
  • Baltic collections in North America and Western Europe
  • the role digital technologies have played in restoring Bosnian printed heritage materials lost during the 1992–1995 war

chapter |8 pages

How We Came Together

ByMarianna Tax Choldin

part |1 pages

Issues in Collection Development

chapter |8 pages

Building a Regional Collection

The Case of the Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
ByIsabella Warren

chapter |16 pages

The Death of Exchange

ByRon Hogg

chapter |10 pages

Collection Development at the Slavonic Library, Prague

ByHana Opleštilová

part |1 pages

The Realities of Creating Full-Text Databases

chapter |26 pages

Back Where We Started

Bosnia’s Digital Archives
ByKemal Bakaršić

chapter |6 pages

The Sofia Corpus of Data on Slavic Manuscripts

ByAnissava Miltenova

chapter |16 pages

Benefits and Challenges of Maximizing Technology for Slavic Researchers at Various Levels

Minnesota’s “Early 19th Century Russian Readership & Culture” Project
ByMiranda Beaven Remnek

part |1 pages

Aspects of Electronic Information Delivery

chapter |18 pages

Building a World Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies

Absees, Ebsees, and Beyond
ByAaron Trehub

chapter |8 pages

Electronic Information Delivery

Selection and Acquisition of Web-Electronic Serials and Databases for Slavic Collections
ByNadia Zilper

chapter |6 pages

The Database of Latvian Calendars, 1750-1919

An Important Component of the National Bibliography
ByLiga Krumina

chapter |8 pages

Russian Internet Sites

Science, Culture, and Education
ByMikhail Goncharov, Yakov Shraiberg

chapter |8 pages


An Example of Multi-Lingual Cooperation
ByBarbara Kotalska

part |1 pages

Preserving Slavic Collections for Future Generations

chapter |12 pages

Evaluating the Condition of Slavic Collections

Simple Steps to Identify If a Collection Is at Risk
ByBradley L. Schaffner

chapter |10 pages

Digital Access to Old Manuscripts in the Memoriae Mundi

Series Bohemica Program
ByAdolf Knoll

part |1 pages

Journals in Slavic and East European Librarianship

part |1 pages

Baltic Collections Outside the Baltic Countries

chapter |16 pages

Collections of Baltic Vernacular-Language Publications at Some North American Libraries

An Attempt at a Survey
ByJanis A. Kreslins

chapter |14 pages

Baltic Collections in Germany

ByJürgen Warmbrunn

chapter |16 pages

Baltic Collections in the United Kingdom

Past, Present, and Future
ByJanet Zmroczek