Dear colleagues and friends,
I hope you and your families are safe and healthy.
I regret to say that as the situation with COVID 19 is getting more and more serious, the COSEELIS Committee took the decision to cancel the conference in June in London. It was not an easy decision to take, but it seems like the most sensible and responsible one in the current situation.
I hope that cancelling the conference in advance will help to minimise uncertainly and your possible financial losses.
We would like to thank all our potential speakers, especially our overseas guests and invited speakers, as well as our hosts, especially SCRSS, London Street Tours and the Polish Embassy for their willingness to participate in the conference programme. We hope to reconvene as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, we hope that if the situation improves we will consider re-planning for the autumn, but for now even that appears too uncertain. Please stay in touch professionally and socially and bear with us in relation to future planning.
Dear Friends of ABDOS,
due to the current Coronavirus pandemic ABDOS and the State Library Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage have decided to postpone the 49th ABDOS Conference scheduled to take place in Berlin from 13th to 15th May 2020.
We are now trying to negotiate whether parts of the planned conference can take place in close proximity to the planned workshop of the special information services “East, East Central and South Eastern Europe” as well as “Slavic philologies” in the Bavarian State Library Munich (15th and 16th October 2020). This would also be the opportunity to hold our General Assembly.
Not least because of the excellent responses to our Call for Papers Olaf Hamann, Head of East European Collections at the State Library Berlin, and the ABDOS Board deeply regret having to take this decision. There is, however, no viable alternative to this decision at this moment.
We hope to see you all in excellent health in Munich this October.
Olaf Hamann, Head of East European Collections, State Library Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage
Juergen Warmbrunn, on behalf of the ABDOS Board
We would like to share with colleagues and our followers this post from the Taylor Institution Library blog written by Dr Kasia Szymańska Literatures of Multilingual Europe: Polish
There are more interesting material there which might be of interest, such as, for example, Literatures of Multilingual Europe: an introduction to Modern Greek and Battle of the Russian Greats
Enjoy and please feel free to share!
Larisa Walsh (University of Chicago), Xiaoli Li (University of California, Davis), Leigh Billings (University of Michigan), James Kalwara (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Craig Smith (University of Michigan) published the results of their Survey on Romanization. The survey was designed to help make recommendations on the use of romanization in library catalogues within a linked data environment.
It is worth mentioning that colleagues from British libraries also actively participated in the survey. If you have any questions Larisa Walsh and Xiaoli Liare happy to be contacted directly.
COSEELIS-2020 annual conference will take place in London on 22-23 June 2020. Day 1 – at the British Library and Day 2 – at UCL SSEES.
We will send the registration form shortly. We already have some ideas for the programme (including cultural), but we need to get confirmations. We are looking for more ideas, presentations and panels. The deadline is end of February, but please feel free to discuss extension should you need one.
If you have not been to our conferences, you are very welcome to join us.