Newsletter No 16 (March 1997)

ISSN 0966 999X No. 15 March 1997

COSEELIS NEWSLETTER

COUNCIL FOR SLAVONIC AND EAST EUROPEAN
LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES

COSEELIS MEMBERSHIP LIST FOR 1996-7

As agreed at the last AGM, the 1996-7 COSEELIS membership list is, for the first time, being circulated to members. I hope you will find it useful. The request for information regarding members’ interests met with varied responses. If you feel now that you would like to add more information, it will be possible to include it in the next revision. If you do not find yourself on the list, this is because I did not receive a completed form from you. I tried to avoid this by sending out reminders, but if you have slipped through the net, your details can also be included in the next revision.

Any corrections, additions or suggestions for improvement are welcome. I would be particularly grateful if you can keep us informed of changes to your telephone and fax nos and e mail addresses. As I shall be away for some months, please send any amendments to Oliver Hughes, preferably by e mail: oliver.hughes@bl.uk or to his postal address as given on the Newsletter.

Janet Zmroczek
Treasurer, COSEELIS

ALLOCATION OF HEFCE FUNDING FOR ARCHIVE MATERIAL FROM THE FSU AND EASTERN EUROPE

HEFCE accepted in full the recommendations of the working group and approved the following:

1. Material from the Communist Party and other declassified archives in Central Europe.
(a) Poland
(b) Hungary
(c) Czech Republic
Polish and Hungarian material to be held at SSEES, Czech material to be held at the Bodleian Library
(N.B. A detailed list of this category can be provided on request).

2. Three-day editorial workshop of 8 people (2 Hungarian, 2 Czech, 2 Polish, 2 British) to be held at the BASEES Annual Conference in Cambridge (roundtable discussion, 14 April 1997), in order to plan a guide to archives in Central Europe.

3. Scanning and transmission of documents from RGAE (The Russian State Archive of the Economy).
Documents to be received by the Bodleian Library

4. Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State (microfilm published by Chadwyck Healey)
(a) RTsKhIDNI, fond 17, opis 2 (Plenums of the Central Committee, 1918-1941). 13 reels of dela not held by the British Library
To be kept at the British Library DSC
(b) A second set of 4 (a) – all opisi (17 reels) and all dela (88 reels) = 105 reels
To be kept at Alexander Baykov Library, Birmingham
(c) RTsKhIDNI, fond 17, opis 8 (Party Census 1922-24), dela 576-579, ie 1 reel not held by the British Library
To be kept at the British Library DSC
(d) GARF, fond r-393 (NKVD 1917-1931), 92 reels of dela from op 39-45 not held by the British Library
To be kept at the British Library DSC

5. Comintern Archive (microform published by IDC)
(a) Instalment IV (1922-26 plenums)
To be kept at BLPES, London
(b) Instalment II (Congress V and VI, 1923/4/1927/9)
To be kept at BLPES, London
(c) Digital index to all of the Comintern Archive
To be kept at BLPES, London
IDC have offered to supply some extra copies free of charge for other institutions

6. Protocols of the Zasidannia of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party, 1921, 1922, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936-41
To be kept at Alexander Baykov Library, Birmingham

7. CD-ROM of the opisi of RGALI (Russian State Literature Archive)
To be kept at Nottingham University Library

It is intended to publicise more widely the location of this material through BASEES, the COSEELIS Website and Graham Dix’s ‘Register of Slavonic and East European source materials in microform’ (in progress).

Further details can be obtained from Dr Christine Thomas, British Library Slavonic Section, or the editor.

VISITOR FROM ZADAR, CROATIA

Last July COSEELIS made a contribution to the funding for a visitor from Croatia – Dajana Brunac from Gradska Knjiznica Zadar. She was invited by the International Group of the Library Association (IGLA) who arranged her funding.

Dajana Brunac had a successful visit and IGLA thanks COSEELIS for their contribution to the visit. The Library in Zadar was damaged by shellfire and a new replacement library is almost completed – in fact, it may now be open. Her visit provided many ideas and contacts and IGLA is now hoping to make some financial assistance, albeit small, towards the new library.

Kathy Ladizesky
BLDSC, Slavonic Acquisitions

BOSNIAN LIBRARIANS’ STUDY TOUR OF THE UK

As a result of discussions with the British Council in Sarajevo, four Bosnian librarians were able to visit several institutions in the UK, including the Bodleian, SSEES, Norwich Library and the British Library (Slavonic and OIOC).

On the 20th and 21st of January, Amela Hadzialic and Zijada Djurdjevic-Alidzanovic from the National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, and Ensia Zunic (Director) and Ruzmira Krpic from the National and University Library of Tuzla visited the British Library in London.

The 1992-5 conflict in Bosnia resulted in the breaking off of all international library contacts. The National Library building in Sarajevo was destroyed along with 90% of the collection. The 10% which was salvaged is housed in unsuitable conditions and is not accessible to the public or academic users. Only 60 staff remain, housed in cramped accommodation. International funds are being made available for the reconstruction of the building and the city has earmarked larger temporary accommodation for the library in the meantime, although this needs substantial refurbishment. The University of Tuzla was largely unscathed but suffered the same loss of professional contacts during the war. No funds were available for the purchase of new stock or equipment.

Many trained and experienced staff left the country during the war. Few who remain speak any English which has hampered the establishment of new international links. The British Council and the Soros Foundation are taking measures to address these issues.

The visitors wished to discuss a number of practical points:

• The re-establishment of long-standing links to libraries in the UK
• The establishment of an interlibrary loan system
• The exchange of information on best practice (members of the group have experienced four years of professional isolation)
• Disaster management and the design and use of temporary space
• Current thinking on Library design

As a result of our discussion, a three phase programme was devised. In the first place, the British Library re-established exchanges, donated books on libraries and librarianship and, with the assistance of the Soros Open Society Institute (as part of its Regional Libraries Programme), has invited a member of the National Library of Sarajevo for three months of training. The second phase will be to supply books published in Britain which cover Bosnia during the war. The third phase after completion of the new library, will be to supply material in microform or other media in order to assist the National Library in providing a basic library service to the people of Sarajevo.

Sava Peic
British Library Slavonic and East European Collections

PROPOSED RUSSIAN-BRITISH SEMINAR ON ACCESS TO THEOLOGICAL LITERATURE

I have been asked by the Russian State Library (as part of our recent cooperation agreement with them) to act as contact person in the UK for anyone interested in taking part in this seminar. Tentative dates are 15-18 September 1997, and topics proposed by the RSL for discussion are:

• Characteristics of theological library collections
• Reference tools and systems
• User needs
• Bibliographical activities
• Bibliographical description and classification

The RSL organisers expect to be able to fund (at least in part) attendance by up to four British participants. Expressions of interest are urgently sought, and should be made to me in the first instance.

Gregory Walker
Bodleian Library, Oxford
tel: 01865 277066
fax: 01865 277182
email: gpmw@bodley.ox.ac.uk

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS’ ADDRESSES ON COSEELIS WEBSITE

Thank you to all those who returned their slips regarding the register of COSEELIS members on the Web. A total of 27 members responded, granting permission to mount their details on the forthcoming COSEELIS Website (23 respondents also wish to be included in the HEFCE/ESRC Area Studies – Database of Expertise in the UK).

The creation of a COSEELIS Home Page can now go ahead, with a link to a useful list of contact names and addresses. If there are any late additions or amendments to this list, please contact the editor.

VESTNIK MID SSSR, RIIA WEBSITE

The Royal Institute of International Affairs is offering issues of Vestnik Ministerstva inostrannykh del SSSR for the years 1989-1991. The run is free of charge to anyone who can collect it.

The RIIA Website is now available at: http://www.riia.org/. The Library page includes a link to the monthly articles list (consisting of selected citations from journals received by the RIIA).

Mary Bone
RIIA, Chatham House
Tel: 0171 957 5700
Fax: 0171 957 5710

COSEELIS CONFERENCE 1997

A reminder that the 1997 Annual Conference will take place at the University of Nottingham on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 September. Further details and Registration forms will be sent with the next issue of the Newsletter.

JANET ZMROCZEK, TREASURER, COSEELIS AND CURATOR OF BALTIC AND POLISH COLLECTIONS, BRITISH LIBRARY – ARRANGEMENTS FOR MATERNITY LEAVE, FEBRUARY TO JUNE 1997

Apologies to all who have already seen this message on the COSEELIS Listserv but for those who have not, I expect to be away from February to June 1997 so please note the following arrangements for this period:

COSEELIS membership and financial matters, please contact:
Oliver Hughes
British Library Slavonic and East European Collections
Tel: 0171-412-7589
e-mail: oliver.hughes@bl.uk

Questions relating to the British Library Polish Collections, please contact:
Magda Szkuta
British Library Slavonic and East European Collections
Tel: 0171-412-7582
e-mail: magda.szkuta@bl.uk

Questions relating to the British Library Baltic Collections, please contact:
Olga Kerziouk
British Library Slavonic and East European Collections
Tel: 0171-412-7589
e-mail: olga.kerziouk@bl.uk

 COSEELIS. Views expressed in this Newsletter are not necessarily those of COSEELIS.

Editor: Oliver Hughes, Slavonic and East European Collections, The British Library, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, tel: (0171) 412 7589, fax: (0171) 412 7554
email: oliver.hughes@bl.uk
http://portico.bl.uk/slavonic/

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