Slavic Cataloging Manual : release of version 2.0

A fully revised version of the Slavic Cataloging Manual has been published online and can be found here:  This valuable resource now contains over 100 webpages covering a wide number of topics.  Several members of COSEELIS were involved in the new Manual’s production, and we hope that all COSEELIS cataloguers will find it a very useful source of information.


Sample chapters from SCM 2.0, giving an idea of its wide scope

The Slavic Cataloging Manual (SCM) brings together rules and practices pertinent to the cataloguing of materials in Slavic languages as well as some other East European and Eurasian languages used in former Soviet bloc countries. It outlines and explains best practices for descriptive and subject cataloguing of such materials and related authority work based on RDA. It also embodies best practices developed by members of the Slavic cataloguing community over the years. References to AACR2 are also included as appropriate. Wherever appropriate, it gives the cultural and historical background of the topics addressed.

As a rule, the chapters include concrete examples of the cataloguing practices that they present, most of which are presented in MARC format. The SCM is intended primarily as a tool for the experienced cataloguer, but it also will prove useful to cataloguers currently in training, reference librarians, and researchers.

How to use the SCM: the contents of the SCM can be found by using the Subject Index (ringed in green below), searching for keywords in the “Search this site” option (ringed in blue), or browsing the alphabetical list of chapters in the Sitemap (ringed in red).


Please note that Cataloger’s Desktop will soon be updated with the new URL.  Please update any local links (Princeton currently hosts the old SCM version, but these pages will eventually be taken down and archived on the new SCM site).

Mel Bach (SCM contributor, editor, site manager)

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Dostoevsky Day UK

To mark the 150th anniversary of the novel Crime and Punishment, UCL SSEES proudly presented the Inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK, a celebration of Fyodor Dostoevsky & Russian language.


The Inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK was dedicated to UCL-SSEES late colleagues and dear friends: Professor Emeritus Isabel de Madariaga and the Poet Cameron Bain / Our programme explores the life and legacy of the beloved and universal author in the UK.

The opening event took place on 11th November 2016 (on the 195th Anniversary of Dostoevsky’s Birth),  at the UCL Bloomsbury Studio. At 10 am, there was a screening of the documentary Fyodor Dostoevsky (2006 Video), from the series Great Russian Writers, by Kultur International Films. This screening  was followed by the premiere of a theatrical monologue Raskolnikov, which was especially created for our event, by the  actor Jonathan Curry.

The afternoon session took place at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (UCL SSEES) from 3.00 to 5.00PM, in the Masaryk Senior Common Room.

The session started with the introductory talk by Joshua Clayton (Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers) entitled: Dostoevsky’s  Literary Works  &the Antiquarian Book Trade in London (on the history of the Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers, with particular reference to Slavonic & Russian literatures, and ultimately, the arrival of Dostoevsky’s books in London). This was followed by David Magarshack, The Real Author of Crime and Punishment? by Cathy McAteer, a PhD research student at University of Bristol.  Nigel Arthur – BFI National Archive gave a short illustrated talk on some of the key adaptations on Dostoevsky on screen with a selection of posters and stills from UK, Poland Japan and Russia. Arthur focused his presentation on those Russian films that will be part of the Barbican special film retrospective in December, which complements our inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK (DDUK) programme.

At the end of this session, we had a joint presentation by COSEELIS members about materials relating to Dostoevsky in UK libraries, focusing on Crime and Punishment. The session  included presentations prepared by Mel Bach (Cambridge University Library): “Hands Up! : A Crime and Punishment Exhibition in Cambridge” and Katya Rogatchevskaia (British Library): “Dostoevsky at the British Library”, while Wojciech Janik (UCL SSEES Library) presented a library guide focusing on Crime and Punishment, with illustrations facilitated by UCL Special Collections, British Library and Bodleian Library in Oxford University (courtesy  Nick Hearn, Taylor Institution Library and Katya Rogatchevskaya, The British Library ).  A photographic exhibition on St Petersburg by Maria Tolstaia was also planned. For more information, please see

Further events have been scheduled to the 2016 Dostoevsky Day UK:

On 17th November at Rossotrudnichestvo (The Russian Cultural Center in London) at 7. 00 pm, the director Dmitry Turchaninov and his drama group will present fragments based on early works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky from – Netochka Nezvanova, White Nights, Poor Folk – in a form of an open class of acting with immersion into a psychological subtleties of the material, under the title: Evening FM 

Also, Barbican Cinema has created a special film retrospective: Dostoevsky in December  with the following screenings:

Sat 3 Dec 2.00 pm Crime & Punishment (15) USSR 1970 Dir. Lev Kulidzhanov 200 min.

Sun 11 Dec 4.00 pm The Gambler (PG) USSR 1973 Dir. Alexei Batalov 99 min.

Sun 18 Dec 2.00 pm The Brothers Karamazov (15) USSR 1968 Dir. Ivan Pyrev 220 min.

The inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK was supported by the University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES), the Barbican Center, the Likhachev Foundation-Cultural Fellowships in Russia and the Bloomsbury Theatre.


Vladimir Smith-Mesa

Photo of F.M. Dostoevsky (Courtesy of the F.M.Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum)

Logo & Poster Designed by Zuzana Pinčíková.

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Isabella Warren retires from SPRI and COSEELIS Committee

Dear Isabella,

Thank you very much for your work, active participation in all COSEELIS activities, passion for Slavonic collections, and good humour. We will miss you on the Committee, but hope to see you as a personal member at our conferences and other meetings. Have a nice and busy retirement!

Thank you for helping SPRI and COSEELIS to stay in contact. We hope we will keep close relations and welcome Peter  Lund.


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Russian library terms, including abbreviations

Following our recent discussion on the COSEELIS mail list, we publish here the link to the State  Standard (GOST) 7.12-93 on bibliographic records that Irina Smith of UCL SEES Library pointed to.


One must have common sense. For everything else there’s GOST.


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WESLINE/COSEELIS conference – 2016 report (in Ukrainian)

The first report on our conference appeared on the website of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. Thank you, Olga Kerziouk. This is our chance to activate our Ukrainian:

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