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Call for Papers-2nd International Conference on Slavic Philology, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Глубокоуважаемые коллеги!
Высылаем Вам информационное письмо o проведении Второй международной конференции «Современные проблемы славянской филологии - к стопятидесятилетию со дня рождения А. П. Чехова». Конференция пройдёт на факультете славянских языков Государственного университета Чжэнчжи с 29 по 30 мая 2010 года. Будем рады видеть Вас в числе участников.
Предполагаются следующие научно-методические направления работы конференции:
1.     «Современные проблемы изучения творчества А. П. Чехова»
2.     «Язык, сознание, культура»
3.     «Русский язык в сопоставлении с другими языками»
4.     «Вопросы теории и практики перевода»
5.     «Актуальные проблемы РКИ»
6.     «Художественный текст: восприятие, анализ и интерпретация»
7.     «Литература славянских народов в современном мире»
8.     «Взаимодействие национальных культур».
Для участия в Конференции необходимо направить в организационный комитет до 15 сентября 2009 г. заявку на участие в Конференции и тезисы доклада в объёме 1 страницы те…

5th Australasian Ontology Workshop (AOW 2009)

1 December 2009
                         Held in Conjunction with the
 22nd Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI'09)
            University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

AOW 2009 is the fifth in a series of workshops on ontologies held in the Australasian region.

The primary aim of the workshop is to bring together active researchers in the broad area of ontologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Ontology models and theories
- Ontologies and the Semantic Web
- Interoperability in ontologies
- Ontologies and Multi-agent systems
- Description logics for ontologies
- Reasoning with ontologies
- Ontology harvesting on the web
- Ontology of agents and actions
- Ontology visualisation
- Ontology engineering and management
- Ontology-based information extraction  and retrieval
- Ontology merging, alignment and integration
- Web ontology languages
- Formal concept analysis and ontologies
- Ontol…

UCLA Budget Update from the Office of the Chancellor-July 27, 2009

UCLA Office of the Chancellor

To:     Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues:
As I write this, the California state budget has finally been passed, but it makes no change in our fiscal situation or our plans to address the shortfall.
I'm sure many of you have questions about the implementation of the salary reduction/furlough plan submitted by UC President Mark Yudof and approved by the Regents at their July meeting.  I am pleased, as I know you are, that President Yudof followed many of the recommendations we submitted to him, including, for example, preference for furloughs, protection of employee benefits, graduated salary cuts, and flexibility for the campuses with medical centers to develop alternative plans in order to avoid unnecessary disruption of health care operations.  Those alternative plans are currently under review, and health system employees will be kept informed.
For the rest of the campus, implementation details for the salary reduction/furlough plan are still under deve…

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2009 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS)

Submission Deadline: August 30, 2009
DHCS Colloquium: November 14 - 16, 2009

The annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) was established to bring together researchers and scholars in the humanities and computer science to advance the digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research.

This year, DHCS will be held at the Illinois Institute of Technology, with the theme "Critical Computing", seeking to explore how best to develop productive research collaborations between computer scientists and humanists. The colloquium is sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University.

We invite proposals for presentations, posters, demos, and panel discussions on all topics that intersect current theory and practice in the humanities and computer science. Please see the colloquium website for more detai…

ECDL 2009 Workshop: BooksOnline'09, October 2, 2009, Corfu, Greece,

Call for papers - Deadline July 31, 2009

We would like to invite you to submit an extended abstract (max 2 pages) to the BooksOnline'09 Workshop, presenting your views and insights into important issues and opportunities around large collections of on-line books.

Building on the success of the
First BooksOnline Workshop, organized at CIKM 2008, the BooksOnline'09 Workshop at ECDL 2009 aims to provide continuity and to ensure further progress in addressing challenges and exploring opportunities around large collections of digital books and complementary media.

The workshop aims to foster the BooksOnline professional network and build support for joint initiatives in research, design, and technology. The objectives are to connect researchers and practitioners from libraries, archives, academia, publishers, and on-line services in order to facilitate discussion and promote collaboration around:
Key research and innovation issues, leveraging and extending the outcome of the Boo…

7th Brazilian Symposium in Information and Human Language Technology

Dear Readers,
Although this posting has nothing to do with Slavic Studies, I have decided to post it as it relates to the librarianship.

7th Brazilian Symposium in Information and Human Language Technology
STIL 2009 September 8-11, 2009
São Carlos, Brazil

First Call for Participation

STIL 2009 (formerly known as TIL - Workshop on Information and Human Language Technology) is the annual Language Technology event supported by the Brazilian Computer Society ( (SBC) and by the Brazilian Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing (
The conference has a multidisciplinary nature and covers a broad spectrum of disciplines related to Human Language Technology, such as Linguistics, Computer Science, Psychology, and Information Science, among others. It aims at bringing together both academic and industry participants that work on those areas.
For all information about the conference (programme, regist…




The 2009 AWSS Graduate Essay Prize will be awarded to the best dissertation chapter or article-length essay in any field or area of Slavic/East European/Central Asian Studies written by a woman or on a topic in Slavic/East European/Central Asian Women's/Gender Studies written by a woman or a man. This competition is open only to current doctoral students or to those who defended a doctoral dissertation in 2008-2009. If the essay is a seminar paper, it must have been written in 2008-2009. If the essay is a dissertation chapter, it should be accompanied by the dissertation abstract and table of contents. Previous submissions and published materials are ineligible. Essays should be no longer than 50 pages, including reference matter, and in English (quoted text in any other language should be translated).

The award carries a cash prize of $250; the winner will be announced at the AAASS national convention in No…

AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference

16-17 October 2009
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Call for papers for the 2009 AATSEEL-WI Conference

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 of:
1.  Author's contact information (name, affiliation, postal address,
telephone and email).
2.  Paper title
3.  300-500 word abstract
4.  Equipment reque…

Summer 2009: Information Literacy Workshop for UCLA Graduate Student Teaching Assistants

Summer 2009: Information Literacy Workshop for UCLA Graduate Student Teaching Assistants

Esther Grassian, College Library
This workshop will provide you with tips and techniques for improving your students' information researching and critical thinking skills through demo, hands on, and review of a sample syllabus enhanced with information literacy assignment ideas. By using some of these tips and techniques, you'll save time working individually with students in helping them learn how to conduct research and avoid plagiarism. Students armed with information literacy skills should be able to...
* select, narrow and broaden a research topic
* describe the differences between popular and scholarly publications
* identify useful databases to search for information on their topics
* conduct efficient, effective searches
* identify useful research materials, by applying evaluative criteria
* describe several reasons for citing information
* avoid plagiarism by recognizing when to cite, and …


Deadline: September 1, 2009

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is currently seeking nominations for the 2009Graduate Research Prize. The Prize is awarded biennially to fund promising graduate level research in any field of Slavic/East European/Central Asian studies by a woman or on a topic in S/EE/CA Women¹s or Gender Studies by either a woman or a man. Graduate students who are at any stage of master¹s or doctoral level research are eligible.

The grant can be used to support expenses related to completion of a dissertation, as well as travel, services, and/or materials. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. In addition to two letters of recommendation, please send a CV, a letter of application in which you outline how the money will be used and why it is necessary for progress on the project and, if appropriate, a list of archives and/or libraries or other research resources that you plan to use.

Completed submissions mus…

DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects

"DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects," hosted last spring by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the proceedings are now available.

"Digital & Print Access Proceedings of the DigCCurr2009 Conference" may be accessed through the online publisher, Lulu. The 221-page proceedings are free for electronic download and print-on-demand is available for a nominal fee plus delivery. "

To get your copy, please access:

Wanda Monroe
Director of Communications
School of Information and Library Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 100 Manning Hall Campus Box 3360 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
Phone: 919.843.8337
Web site:

Collecting for Digital Repositories Annual Program at ALA in Chicago Now Available Online

The presentations at the ALA Annual program, Collecting for Digital
Repositories, are now available online:

Paul Royster's presentation (Institutional Repositories)

Dianne McCutcheon's presentation (Building a Life Sciences Journal Archive)

Sayeed Choudhury's presentation (Collecting for Digital Repositories:
Data Perspective)

An annotated bibliography for the program is also available:

This program was co-sponsored by ALCTS CMDS Collection Development and
Electronic Resources Committee, ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee,
and ACRL EBSS E-Resources in Communication Studies Committee.  It was
funded in part by a generous donation from ARTstor.

Adrian K. Ho
Scholarly Communication Librarian

In Memoriam: Natalya Estemirova: 1959-2009

Грани-ТВ: Памяти Натальи Эстемировой

Natalya Estemirova- Светът и потресен от насилствената смърт на руската правозащитничка Наталия Естемирова. Ангажиментът й за бедните, ощетените и неоправданите й струваше живота. Тежък удар за правозащитниците в Русия и Северен Казказ.(From Deutsche Welle Report, July 15, 2009.

Наталья Эстемирова родилась в Саратовской области. Закончила исторический факультет Грозненского университета. До 1998 года была учителем истории в грозненской школе. Перед началом Второй Чеченской войны Эстемирова работала в Грозном на телевидении. Сняла 13 передач о людях, попавших в жернова российской карательной системы, была пресс-секретарем Организации узников фильтрационных лагерей.

Эстемирова стала сотрудником правозащитного центра "Мемориал" в 2000 году. Одно из первых расследований, проведенных "Мемориалом" в ходе второй чеченской войны, было посвящено событиям в Новых Атагах и целиком основано на опросах, проведенных Эстемировой.


OAEI-2009: Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative

Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative in cooperation with the ISWC Ontology Matching workshop, October 25, 2009 - Chantilly, near Washington DC., USA

Ontology matching is an important task for semantic system interoperability. Yet it is not easy to assess the respective qualities of available matching systems. The Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative (OAEI) is a coordinated international initiative set up for evaluating ontology matching systems. OAEI campaigns consist of applying
matching systems to ontology pairs and evaluating their results.

OAEI-2009 is the sixth OAEI campaign. It will consist of five tracks gathering eleven test cases and different evaluation modalities.
The tracks cover: (i) comparison track; (ii) expressive ontologies; (iii) directories and thesauri; (iv) oriented matching; (v) instance matching.

Anyone developing ontology matchers can participate by evaluating their syst…

the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter

The July 2009 Issue of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation
Newsletter is now available.

In this issue:

*A report on the latest NDIIPP meeting

*Digital Preservation Pioneer Jerry Handfield of the Washington State

*The first video in the NDIIPP Digital Preservation Video Series

*News of the latest meetings and upcoming events

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

NY Mayoral Election- Wha...wha..What?

I usually do not post any political rants or personal views as these relate to social situation in the United States, because I have been trained to be impersonal and professionally treat the information issues. But I was surprised by the news that was posted by the RT. I wanted to share it with you. I cannot believe that Russia is still broadcasting the Soviet Style (pseudo-Soviet Union) style broadcasts to its viewers. Please judge the following film clip. Thanks a lot.

CFP: 2nd International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval

2nd International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval
September 10-12, 2009
Cambridge, UK

Call for Participation

The International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) aims to provide a forum for discussion and interaction among those with theoretical and applicative research interests in mathematical/formal aspects of Information Retrieval (IR), including, e.g., foundational issues, description or integration of models, retrieval applications, mathematical/formal techniques, existing and/or new theories and theoretical aspects.

ICTIR has grown out of the Mathematical/Formal Methods workshops held annually at SIGIR between 2000 and 2005. These workshops demonstrated that the mathematical/formal results achieved in IR could be organized into a coherent theoretical framework, bringing new knowledge to IR, and that mathematical/formal research can stand as a specialized research area of IR. The first ICTIR confer…

CFP: European University Institute, March 24-27, 2010

European University Institute - 11th Mediterranean Research Meeting, Florence and Montecatini Terme, Italy on 24-27 March 2010

Workshop Number 13: 'Superpower Rivalry and Third Way(s) in the Mediterranean'

This workshop examines the competing interests and political, economic and cultural influences of the Non-Aligned Movement against those of the Superpowers in the Cold War Mediterranean. From this region's perspective, we reconsider the meaning of nonalignment, its protagonists and its ramifications for a "third way" between the Blocs. Our Workshop seeks to bring together scholars with diverse disciplinary perspectives and expertise on the Superpower confrontation in the region.

Deadline 15 July 2009

Please apply at EUI-RSC

Source: Rinna Kullaa
Columbia University

Medvedev- Obama Briefing in Moscow-July 6, 2009

When I came home rather enlightened from the AERI, on a lighter note, I wanted to see how Obama and Medvedev characterized their meeting today in Moscow. We all know that Russia is not the Soviet Union. She has her own realities such as allowing our military planes to fly over again her territory..Of course, what do I know- I am a librarian...Enjoy this long briefing...What is a normal road into 21st century?

In Memoriam: Vasilii Aksenov

Алсу поёт песню из фильма жестокий романс- А на последок я скажу!

Dear Readers,

I am posting here two clips from You Tube. The first is an original song clip from the Soviet Film called "The Cruel Romance or Zhestokii Romans". This film was produced in 1984. The song you will watch is titled " A na posledok ia skazhu" ( I will tell you in the aftermath..". The second clip is a rendition of the same song by Russian Tatar singer -Alsu. I would like your opinion of which version is the best. Thank you!

Happy Independence Day-July 4th.

I am proud to be American. I wish all of our readers, "Happy Independence Day"!

In honor of the Independence Day celebration, the online reference service will be offline today. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you have immediate questions, please email me directly. Thank you.

AATSEEL Conference – Call for Papers- Deadline Reminder

The 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 27-30. The second and final deadline for submission of abstracts is August 1, 2009. For information about this meeting, guidelines for preparing abstracts, and details about submission procedures, please see the Call for Papers at the following site:
All abstracts will undergo double-blind peer review, and authors will be notified of the
results by mid-September. The Program Committee will find appropriate panel
placements for all accepted abstracts. Abstract authors must be AATSEEL members in good standing for 2009, or request a waiver of membership from the Chair of the
AATSEEL Program Committee ( when they submit their abstracts for peer review. For information on AATSEEL membership, please follow the links from AATSEEL's homepage (
The Program Commi…

Call for Papers- Information Sciences Conference in Croatia

The Future of Information Sciences
INFuture2009: "Digital Resources and Knowledge Sharing"
4-6 November 2009, Zagreb, Croatia


Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia is organizing 2nd international conference on basic research and applications of leading advances in the field of information science related to digital resources and knowledge sharing.

The INFuture2009 conference will be held in Zagreb from 4 to 6 November 2009.

The scope of the Conference includes, but is not limited to the following topics:
- Virtual environment in education
- Using open-source solutions in cultural heritage
- Knowledge management
- Using information resources in research, education and presentation
- Digitization and preservation
- Language technologies
- e-Services, e-Government and business applications
- Special session: Doctoral colloquium

We encourage papers on human-computer interaction, …

The FLICC (Federal Library and Information Center Committee Home (FLICC) Human Resources Working Group hosts the2009 Job Fair for Librarians and Information Professionals.

Please join in August as the FLICC Human Resources Working Group hosts the
2009 Job Fair for Librarians and Information Professionals.

Job Fair for Info Professionals: Wednesday, August 26, 2009; 9:00am - 2:00 pm; Library of Congress - Madison Building (Mumford, West Dining Room) Washington, DC

Presentation Topics will include:
- Resume Writing and Interview Techniques
- Federal Librarianship/Careers
- USAJobs Application Process
- Resume FAQ*

More than 15 exhibitors will be available from 9:00am - 2pm.
They include:
- Defense Technical Information Center
- TRAK Records and Libraries
- National Library of Medicine
- National Archives and Records Administration
- And many more...

*Due to high interest in the program, one-on-one resume assistance will not be available.
Instead, we are offering a Resume FAQ session with a panel of federal librarians and HR specialists who will answer pre-submitted questions.

Although the…