Committee elections update

We are very pleased to congratulate Dr Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa of  UCL SSEES Library on joining the COSEELIS Committee. We are looking forward to working with Vlad!

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Cambridge – conferences and collections

Tomorrow and Friday, Cambridge will be the venue of the 2018 COSEELIS conference.  The COSEELIS conference always ends with a tour of a local collection, and this year our delegates will visit the University Library (UL) to see some of the pieces being used for the on-going virtual exhibition Revolution: the First Bolshevik Year.  A few recently used exhibits are shown here.  The exhibition makes use of one of the great treasures of the UL’s Slavonic collections – the Catherine Cooke collection of Russian architecture and design.

Earlier this year, we had the privilege of announcing the wonderful news of a forthcoming donation of a collection of staggering proportions that will join the Cooke collection to make the Cambridge “one of the leading centres in the world for the study of late Imperial and early Soviet art and design” (Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian).  This is the library of the eminent art historian Professor John Bowlt (shown here in the UL with his wife Professor Nicoletta Misler).  Please read more about this amazing news here:

We look forward to receiving the Bowlt-Misler collection in a few years’ time.  Its contents will doubtless be enjoyed by COSEELIS delegates of the future.

Mel Bach
Slavonic Specialist, Cambridge University Library


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COSEELIS updates: final programme


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COSEELIS 2018 update: draft programme and registration extension

The conference organising committee is delighted to present the draft programme for the 2018 COSEELIS conference (5-6 July, Cambridge), below.


The organisers are also very happy to announce that we are now able to extend the deadlines for registration to 16 April and payment to 14 May for potential delegates still finalising arrangements.

Details about registration and payment can be found here:

Mel Bach

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ABDOS Conference

Call for Papers

The 47th International ABDOS Conference entitled

“Freely available, networked but nevertheless hard to find –
Information retrieval and academic communication on
East, East Central and South Eastern Europe“

will take place in Leipzig from 7th to 9th May 2018.

The conference will be jointly organized by ABDOS (Working Group of Libraries and Documentation Units for Research on East, East Central and South Eastern Europe), the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig University Library and the Southeast Europe Association (Munich).

Conference venues will be the Leipzig University Library (7th May 2018) and the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (8th and 9th May 2018). and

In the framework of the conference the General Assembly of ABDOS will take place. As part of the conference a workshop, library visits, presentations by vendors as well as an evening excursion are planned.

The organizers request proposals for academic papers, presentations as well as short contributions on the following topics:

– Back strengthening exercises for your library  – lobbying for libraries and information units
– Forms of intensified cooperation between libraries and academia
– Research data management in libraries
– Map collections with a focus on East, East Central and South Eastern Europe
– Leipzig as a centre of printing and a junction between East and West
– Networking: locally – nationally – internationally
– Free topics

The conference languages will be German, English and Russian. In recognition of our international participants presentations in English are particularly welcome.

The conference fees are 40 Euros for ABDOS members, 60 Euros for non-members and 300 Euros for commercial participants.

Please send proposals for papers/presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion) or shorter contributions (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion) until 23 February 2018 to

Dr. Jürgen Warmbrunn
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
Research library
Gisonenweg 5-7, D- 35037 Marburg

We plan to publish printed conference proceedings in cooperation with the East European Department of the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage.

Further information on ABDOS and the preparations for the conference can be found at

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