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California Digital Library- New Acquisitions Update, June 2009

June 29, 2009

Following is a brief summary of the new consortial acquisitions by California Digital Library Program
CDL Acquisitions in FY 2008/2009

Archivision Digital Research Library - 28,000 images of art, architecture, gardens, parks and historic or contemporary sites from all over the world. The Visual Resources group has requested Archivision as their #1 priority for a number of years. Archivision is hosted on the ARTStor platform and is now available to all UC users.

LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection Part A (1824-1979) -- Public policy starts and ends with Congressional committee hearings. In these hearings, Congressional committees assess, amend, approve or kill legislation, as well as oversee the implementation and effectiveness of previously enacted legislation falling under their jurisdiction. The LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection forms an unparalleled documentary record of events and public policy issues faced by America, as well as the o…


November 5-6, 2009
SUNY Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY

The Ex Libris Mid-Atlantic Users Group (EMA) will meet this year at SUNY
Binghamton in New York State on November 5-6, 2009. We have a tradition
of providing an excellent program to our participants along with an
opportunity to network with your Ex Libris colleagues. We will, again,
have Ex Libris representatives present to give product updates and
answer questions.
Conference information will be posted to
Please do consider contributing to the community of Ex Libris users in
this way. Our strength is in our many different voices! We look forward
to receiving proposals from users of any and/or all products. If would
like to discuss your ideas before submitting your proposal, please don't
hesitate to contact the chair—Ray Schwartz (see contact info below).  If
you *think* you have a good idea, you probably do!  The conference's
success depends on t…

The first North American Edition of Ruslan-Russian 1 Textbook Announced

Russia Online, Inc. is proud to announce the first North American edition of Ruslan Russian 1 textbook and workbook (beginner's level). The Ruslan series, first published in the UK, is the leading textbook for the communicative approach to teaching Russian in the United Kingdom. Ruslan has been published in translation in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Sweden. Previously available only as an import, this course has been revised and edited to meet North American academic standards. Russia Online collaborated with the English author and a contributor here in Washington DC to make sure the course book is interesting and relevant to beginner students of Russian in the United States and Canada. To date, the Ruslan course has been used with great success in high schools, universities and with the US Government.
Ruslan 1 was created by teachers in the UK with years of experience teaching both adults and young people. The course maximizes the enjoyment of learning a new language, whi…

In Memoriam: в Лос-Анджелесе скончался король поп-музыки Майкл Джексон

26.06.2009 Медики подтвердили информацию о кончине Майкла ДжексонаМедики из госпиталя Университета Калифорнии официально подтвердили информацию о том, что в Лос-Анджелесе скончался король поп-музыки Майкл Джексон. Судебный следователь полиции Лос-Анджелеса Фред Коралл в интервью телеканалу... Читать дальше

Excerpts from the European Library Newsletter – June and July 2009

View the web version of this Newsletter
Editorial - June July 2009.

EDITORIAL - June July 2009
In this issue, it's the turn of Mr. Tuncel ACAR, Director of the National Library of Turkey (NLT) to act as Chief Editor. While Turkey isn't part of the EU, its pivotal position within The Council of Europe, the body behind The European Library, ensures they can make a mark within our European collective.
Director and VOX BOX: Tuncel ACAR, Director of the NLT "The NLT is one of Turkey's most influential bodies in education, science, culture and research. Its role is vital in gathering and preserving scientific and cultural works for present and future generations to enjoy."
IN FOCUS - Puppets, Posters and Amazing Manuscript…

Call for Papers: NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) Convention, April 7-11, 2010 Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

Panel Title: Russian Women Writers: New Views
This panel invites examinations of 18th-21st century Russian women writers in the present critical environment. Send 250-word abstracts to by Sept. 30, 2009.
Panel description:
A post post modernist cultural climate has re-energized feminist criticism. Those who are interested in the specificities of women's writing are now less likely to be labeled essentialists, while being able to take advantage of both the theoretical concepts of post modernism, post colonialism, queer theory, gender studies, and also those of earlier feminist criticism. This new, rich critical environment is particularly useful for examining women's writing of Russia a country that has been described as self-colonized (Dragan Kujundzic) and in which gender has been constructed somewhat differently from a generically definedWest (Irina Savkina). This session is intended to inspire new interpretative strategies and interpretations of the wor…

Call for Papers: Third International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2010 4-6 February 2010, New York City

Call for Papers: Third International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2010 4-6 February 2010, New York City
Abstract deadline: 6 August 2009

WSDM (pronounced "wisdom") is a young ACM conference intended to be the publication venue for research in the areas of search and data mining.
Indeed, the pace of innovation in these areas prevents proper coverage by conferences of broader scope. The high attendance at the first two WSDMs, held at Stanford University and Barcelona in February 2008 and 2009, has confirmed community interest in a more focused venue.

WSDM invites original, high quality submissions related to search and data mining on the Web, with an emphasis on practical but principled novel models of search and retrieval, algorithm design and analysis, economics implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance.

Topics of interests include but are not limited to the following:

  * Crawling the Web and monitoring cha…

The June 2009 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now available.

The June 2009 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter is now

Articles in this issue:

* Tradition Meets Web 2.0 - The Library*s Flickr Project
* Archiving 2009 Conference
* Library Trends Issue Dedicated to NDIIPP Projects
* Recent Meetings, Announcements and more!
Butch Lazorchak
Digital Archivist
National Digital Information Infrastructure
and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
(202) 707-2603
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540-4604

The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) and the London College of Fashion announce the photographic archives of Gala, Miner’s and Crystal-three prominent cosmetic companies of WWII era!

The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) and the London College of Fashion announced a collaboration today that will see the photographic archives of three important cosmetics companies made accessible online for the first time.
The archives of Gala, Miner's and Crystal, three prominent cosmetics companies operating during and after the Second World War, are held at London College of Fashion and have been digitized and made freely accessible through the VADS website.
The archives are a valuable resource for the study of the history of cosmetics, advertising photography, fashion promotion and women in the Second World War.
During the War when silk was needed for parachutes and stockings disappeared from the shops, Miner's had particular success with its leg make-up, Miners Liquid Stockings, which many women used to paint their legs and even drew black lines down the back of their legs to simulate the seams.  Gala of London was also the first company to introduce lip stick in a tube wh…

California Budget Crisis and the University of California: A Letter from President Yudoff

On June 17th, UC Systemwide President Mark G. Yudoff's letter was released outlining the response to impending financial crisis in our Golden State. I really appreciated the candid tone and honest information value of his letter. I really was impressed by the transparency that exudes from this important policy document.

However, I usually do not use this precious blog space to cry about our problems on either the local, state or national levels. I try to be pragmatic and resolute that every market will eventually turn around. However, I do like to analyze amorphous language of many policy statements that project a sort of vagueness and openness of interpretation. English is indeed not my first nor my second language so I do feel handicap sometimes when trying to analyze these important documents. It is not my job to interpret the text for the readers but to see how the words get used to construct meanings. Below is the hyperlink to June 17th letter. This letter of course is not cla…

Дигитална Народна библиотека Србије - The People's Digital Library of Russia

I wanted to bring to attention of my reader's the Children's Digital Library of Serbia. As I correctly understand this library has the digital copies of 127 children's books in Serbian.I will be grateful to all of you, if you would please point me to other digital children's libraries in the region. Thank you.

белые розы шатунов and Nostalgia

Dear Readers,

I hope that you are not tired of my postings of Youtube videos here. I was looking at the Soviet Group called "Laskoviy Mai" and their song "Beliye Rozy". I decided to do search on this song in Youtube. I discovered two versions of same old Yurii Shatunov. First version was sung during the Soviet Times (in late 90s) and the other modern clip by the same singer. Look how times have changed somethings, but somethings seem to appear unchangeable. But is this true? Please judge for yourself. The law is everything changes all the time...

In Memoriam: Anatolii Katsynskii

15.06.2009 Умер народный артист России Анатолий КацынскийТеатр имени Вахтангова сообщил сегодня трагическую новость о смерти народного артиста России Анатолия Кацынского. Он скончался в ночь на 14 июня на 83-м году жизни. По данным пресс-службы театра, актер умер в больнице... Читать дальше

Jobs: Lecturer of Continental European History Since 1800, University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh
Continental European History Since 1800
College Of Humanities And Social Science, School Of History, Classics And Archaeology Applications are invited from scholars of the highest calibre with research interests and teaching experience in Russian/Soviet and/or eastern European history since 1800. You will also be able to teach modern European history more generally. You will have a PhD.
The appointment is tenable from September 2009.
For further particulars and an application pack visit our website ( or telephone the recruitment line on 0131 650 2511.
Salary Scale: £36,532 - £43,622
Please quote vacancy reference: 3010971JW
Closing Date: 26 June 2009

The Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference, Cambridge 24-26 July 2009: ACCESS AND RIGHTS

The Islamic Manuscript Association is pleased to announce that the Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be held at Christ's College, University of Cambridge, UK from 24-26 July 2009. It will be hosted by the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge. We invite you to register online at

In 2009, the Conference will specifically address the issue of access to manuscripts. Improving access to manuscripts through digitization and electronic ordering and delivery systems whilst ensuring their proper long-term preservation is fundamental to the successful future study of the Islamic heritage. Presently, technologies are available that have the potential to transform the way manuscripts are studied; however, the access these technologies can allow is counterbalanced by collection holders' c…

UC DAVIS Position Announcement: Russian Lecturer

UC Davis Department of German and Russian


Position:                Lecturer position in the Russian Program for Fall
of 2009 and Spring of 2010.

Qualifications:     MA in Russian or Comp Lit with Russian emphasis, and
native or near-native fluency in Russian.

Description:          The Department of German and Russian is seeking a
Lecturer for the Fall quarter of 2009 and the Spring quarter of 2010.
Part-time (44%), non-tenure track, appointment beginning on October 1, 2009.

Salary:                   Salary commensurate with experience

Service Period:     September 21, 2009-December 11, 2009; March 25,
2010-June 10, 2010

Application Deadline:         Consideration of applications will begin as
soon as possible and will continue through June 19, 2009.

Application Materials:        Send letter and CV electronically as soon as
possible to Prof. Gail Finney, Chair,
The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer wit…

Prominent Libraries and Information Studies Units of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Liladhar’s Ten Russian Movies Related Site

Gosfilmofond Rossii The Russian State Film Archive.

Kinotsentr The Film Centre



Muzei kino The Cinema Museum

Natsional´naia akademiia kinematograficheskikh iskusstv i nauk Rossii The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia

Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv kinofotodokumentov, The Russian State Documentary Film and Photo Archive.

Soiuz kinematografistov Rossiiskoi federatsii The Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation


VGIK The All Union State Film Institute, Moscow

Call for papers for the 2010 NEMLA Montreal

NEMLA Montreal 2010 Conference
7-11 April 2010
Montreal, Canada

Call for papers for the 2010 NEMLA Montreal Conference for the following roundtable:

"Translation and Identity: Transforming the Personal toward the National and the Global"

Translation is often considered a utilitarian skills set, a one-way process of substitution or reproduction of written and oral expression. However, translation is also a creative and communicative process, where transformation and recognition of the self in its social relationships unfold within a greater national and/or global whole. While translation can emphasize the "differences" between the translated culture and that of the translator, translation as a communicative, two-way process can also foster an understanding of, and empathy between, the two. On a global scale, identification with the signs, symbols and traditions of disparate communities welcomes a cross-cultural dialogue that bridges international borders.

This roundtab…

US Counter-Terrorism Center: The Worldwide Incidents Tracking System

The Worldwide Incidents Tracking System is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.

According to NCTC definition, terrorism occurs when groups or individuals acting on political motivation deliberately or recklessly attack civilians/non-combatants or their property and the attack does not fall into another special category of political violence, such as crime, rioting, or tribal violence. For further guidance on criteria, please see the Methodology page.

UCLA CEES LECTURE: Islam in Soviet and Post Soviet Azerbaijan

A public lecture by ALTAY GOYUSHOV, Baku State University, History
Thursday, June 11, 2009
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Altay Goyushov is Professor of History at the Baku State University and Visiting Professor in the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Special Instructions
Seating is limited and lunch will be served - please RSVP by Friday, June 5.
Contact information:
Liana Grancea
Tel: 310-825-8030

Call for Papers: The Russian Cyberspace Journal

The Russian Cyberspace Journal invites contributions for its second issue From Comrades to Classmates:
Social Networks on the Russian Internet The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2009.
At the beginning of 2009, the Communist party of the Russian Federation had approximately 150,000 members, while there were over 20 million users of, a social networking site for former "classmates". Russia's dominant political party, "United Russia,"
commands some 2 million members; however this pales in comparison to the18 million active members of the popular networking platform While political activity in party organizations is certainly different from the spontaneous, informal, and often apolitical participation in social networks on the web, these comparisons demand inspection. Over the coming decade, sociologists predict a general shift from formal to informal organization of social groups and communities.
Undoubtedly, this shift will be s…

Call for Proposals: The Socialist 1960s: Popular Culture and the Socialist City in Global Perspective

2010 Fisher Forum, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 24-26, 2010
The 1960s witnessed an explosion of cross-cultural fertilization in a time of world competition for the hegemony of two enduring "systems" - capitalism and socialism. As a moment when decolonization created immense possibilities for liberation movements throughout the world, the 1960s became the heyday of the "Second World" appeals to the newly decolonized societies of the "Third World," as well as the reemergence of a European "First World" as a postwar consumer society in reaction to American hegemony. This was the moment when the "orderedness" of the three worlds was arguably the most prominent in popular discourse and culture, and a moment when that order was contested and destabilized. The patterns that first emerged in the 1960s - cultural contest, political mobility, urbanization and the rise of urb…

Call for papers for the 2009 AATSEEL-WI Conference

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference
16-17 October 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abstracts for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, and language pedagogy) are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).
Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin- Madison on Friday and Saturday, 16-17 October 2009.

Recent conference programs and guidelines for preparing abstracts are posted on the AATSEEL-WI website at

To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by 31 August 2009. A complete proposal consists
1. Author's contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone and email).
2. Paper title
3. 300-500 word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)