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Depresyondayım: Göksel (2001)

Yesterday, I presented Aygun Kazimova- a pop-star from Azerbaijan. I posted her clip called "Depresyondayem". Today, I discovered that this song was originally sung by Turkish Pop-singer Göksel in 2001.I have decided to post it for my readers with lyrics. This song is in her 2000 album called "Körebe". This term can be roughly translated as "Blindman's Bluff. I mean when one is in love, one is often smitten by it?

Bugün evden çıkmadım
Telefona bakmadım
Çok yedim çok ağladım
Arandım bir sigara
Daha saçlarımı taradım
Dudağımı boyadım
Giydim giydim çıkardım
Beğenmedim güzel olmadım,
Aldatıldım sevgilimden ayrıldım,
Çok yalnızım kimseye kızamadım
Kimseye küsemedim
Sonunda kendime küstüm
Sonunda hayata
Düşündüm banka soymayı
Uluorta soyunmayı
Hayatımdaki herkesi vurmayı
Depresyondayım depresyondayım,
Aldatıldım sevgilimden ayrıldım
Çok yalnızım

Job-Posting: A visiting professor position for Russian Literature and Film at University of Illinois, Chicago

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a Visiting Lecturer position.  The appointment begins August 16, 2011.  This is a 9-month appointment and is renewable on an annual basis. The candidate should be able to teach courses in Russian literature and film as well as language courses at all levels.  Teaching load is three courses per semester and we offer competitive salary and benefits.
Candidates with a PhD in hand preferred, although ABD candidates will be considered.  To be considered for this position please complete an online application and submit a cover letter, CV, sample of scholarship, and three letters of recommendation at
Close Date: Apr 30, 2011.
Dr. Julia Vaingurt <vaingurt@UIC.EDU>

Azerbaijan and Petrol and Aygun!

While the gas prices are inching upwards, Azerbaijani pop music diva Aygun released last year her song with Miri Yusif entitled "Petrol". I wanted to bring it to the attention of my readers. Aygun continues to amaze me with her music. Although some of my Azerbaijani friends tend to disagree and call her national disgrace for her very extravagant behavior, I still believe that enjoying her music is highly personal matter.

Her song called, "Veten Anadir" or "Homeland is mother" made me quite emotional about nostalgia that one feels as an immigrant to one's old country. Of course, the song that Aygun sang was in the context of Karabakh/Artsakh issue that is to this day has been divisive issue between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Her voice is indeed captivating.

Her other song that makes my soul cry and long for Azerbaijan and its warm people is called "Yol gedirəm". So from Petrol we are now taken on a road-trip.


In Memoriam: Liudmila Gurchenko

30 марта 2011Умерла легенда советского кино Людмила Гурченко МОСКВА, 30 мар — РИА Новости. Легенда советского кино, народная артистка СССР Людмила Гурченко скончалась в среду на 76-м году жизни в Москве, сообщил РИА Новости супруг актрисы Сергей Сенин. Читать дальше

Dziga Vetrov (David A. Kaufman) Films-Kino Glaz Online

There are multiple sites about Dziga Vetrov and his Kino-Glaz and other films of the early Soviet Period. These sites allow its readers to enjoy some of the Soviet filmography. There are two sites that I would specifically recommend to the readers of my blog. The first site is at UBUWEB, where a reader of this blog can watch two films by Dziga Vetrov: Three songs about Lenin (1934) and Kino-Eye (1924). It is interesting to also note the propagandist character of these early Soviet Films. But if you analyze them closely, you do find a level of silent dissent. For example, sayings like- There is not a single father who did (things for us) as Lenin did, is open for our interpretation.

The other interesting film entitled, "Казахстан — фронту" can be found here.

The other site is Senses of Cinema.
More information about filmography of Dziga Vetrov can be found at this site.

Western Regional Storage Trust Website Operational!!

We are very pleased to announce the website for the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST). Please visit the site periodically for information about the Trust.
For a brief overview of the Trust, we encourage you to visit the orientation slides posted on the about page: Please forward this announcement to your library staff and colleagues, as appropriate. Apologies in advance for cross-posting. We are also developing a wiki which will contain working documents and project information for WEST members.  We will send a separate message with information about accessing the wiki once it is available.
 Lizanne Payne and Emily Stambaugh
Lizanne Payne
WEST Project Manager

The 2011 Statistical Abstract: The National Data book Online

Source Description: The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.
Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

Nezavisne Novine from Bosnia

Nezavisne Novine is a Serbian language newspaper Republika Srpska, which is constituting part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It can be accessed here.

The full-text online archive goes back to year 2000

Language: Serbian
Region: Banja Luka
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Description: Nezavisne Novine newspaper offer, daily, national, and world news, as well as weather, sports, entertainment, business, and travel coverage. Nezavisne Novine also include jobs, real estate, cars, and shopping.

“WhatWasThere”: An interactive street-level mapping program

What is it? It is a virtual interactive street-level mapping program that enables users to upload photographs of any geographic area.  The idea is to be able to see a locality over time through photographs.  All you need to know about the photograph to upload it is the location and the year.
Who produces it? "WhatWasThere" was created in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Enlighten Ventures, LLC.
Why should you check it out? It is a great way to study architecture and the built environment over time.  "WhatWasThere" uses Google Maps as the base map onto which photos can be applied.  Los Angeles has 56 photos, with the earliest going back to the 1880's.  
Is the content licensed or freely available? Access is freely available.

Національна парламентська бібліотека України : Electronic Library of the National Library of the Ukrainian Parliament

Open-Access full-text search is available for various digitized books from the collections of the Electronic Library of the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine. These books can be accessed and searched here.

According to the self-description in Ukrainian language the electronic library is still in Beta format. "Електронна бібліотека «Культура України» відкрита у тестовому режимі. Всі зауваження та пропозиції щодо роботи бібліотеки просимо надсилати електронною поштою: або"

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 released as an open-access resource

Digital Scholarship has released the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010. This 466-page book presents over 3,800 selected English-language articles, books, and other textual sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. It covers digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, digital rights management, digital repositories, economic issues, electronic books and texts, electronic serials, license agreements, metadata, publisher issues, open access, and other related topics. Most sources have been published from 1990 through 2010. Many references have links to freely available copies of included works.
The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography 2010 is available as an open access PDF file and a low-cost paperback. All versions of the bibliography are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
Digital Sch…

Ukraine Digital Atlas Online

UA Zone has various digital atlases of Ukraine. The site describes itself as, "This is going to be the comprehensive online GeoInformation System on Ukraine. It will contain digital maps of Ukraine, maps of regions (oblasts) and main cities with various useful information databses: roads, railways, cities, natural resources, monuments, minerals and much, much more".

For now it is an open-access site. It can be accessed here.

The site has basic map of Ukrainian cities.

Zoomable map of Kyiv city

Azerbaijani Perspective on Karabakh: A New Web-Site

Self-Description: "The official website of the “Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Azerbaijani Republic" Public Union was presented by Baku". The site can be accessed here. Please make up your own mind about its contents and ideological stance.

Of course, there is another perspective on the same issue. One of the web-sites that presents it can be accessed here.

Tatar Studies New Online Collaborative Project

I would like our readers to visit a new project web-site called "Tiurko-Tatarskii Mir" or "Turkic-Tatar World". The web-site allows various levels of collaborative acitivities and also it has some interactive features. The address of this site is

According to Dr.Bulat R. Rakhimzyanov who is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of History of the Academy Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, the site's self-description is as follows, "The web-site and the Department of Medieval History of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan (Kazan, Russia) invites you to be one of the contributors to the new online project titled “Medieval Turko-Tatar States”. This project is dedicated to the history of the Golden Horde (a.k.a. Ulus Juchi, Qipchak Khanate) successor states, existed in Central Eurasia during the XV till the XVIII cc. – the Great and the Nogai Hordes, the C…


The Organizations for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies at Columbia University, New York University, and Yale University are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual OASIES Student
Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Columbia University in New York City. Our conference seeks to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are interested in the perception of place in different
epochs of Eurasian history and culture. We hope to examine the meanings that have been attached to spaces across the Eurasian steppe and neighboring regions from a wide range of methodological perspectives and to investigate the uses of spatial theory in the contemporary study of inner Eurasia.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
• the role of space in the development of Eurasian states and empires; • the management of space among given communities, either settled or nomadic;• the textual represe…

The Dalai Lama at UCLA on May 2, 2011

Readers, I must admit that I am influenced in part by Tibetan and Mongolian Tantric Buddhism and its rituals and prayers. Although apolitical in my outlook, I generally tend to believe in Nirvana and I wanted you to know that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be visiting at UCLA. Of course, one just has to see the business side of the deal, where the tickets are priced from $165 per person and to $20 for being a student at the UCLA. Not to offend anyone but does the Dalai Lama know that to see him one has to pay??? Has Tantric Buddhism become a business?

However, I strongly believe that a large part of the proceeds that this event would generate will be earmarked for the 14th Dalai Lama Endowment on the UCLA Campus.

In order to address an increasing need for Tibetan Reference and other print materials, I have created a guide for Tibetan Studies Collections at UCLA.

Polata Knigopisnaja

Polata Knigopisanja is a searchable database of a journal that describes medieval Slavic books. The site self description is below,

"Polata knigopisnaja: An informational bulletin devoted to the study of early Slavic books, texts and literatures" was founded originally by William R. Veder (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and Mario Capaldo (University of Rome, Italy) in 1978. They have generously made all past and future issues accessible freely via the internet through the Hilandar Research Library and The Ohio State University Libraries (Columbus, Ohio).
"Polata knigopisnaja" was originally published in thirty-two volumes, the numbering of which is indicated with Cyrillic characters. Subsequent volumes will be published only in electronic format. All of the volumes will be available electronically.
From volume 25-26 (December 1994), the contents of "Polata knigopisnaia" are available in searchable PDF format.
All issues are the intellectual property…

Online Newspapers from Altai Region of Russian Federation

Altaiiskaia Pravda Online Archive of the issues since 2001 can be accessed the bottom of the page.
Бийский Рабочий (Biiskii Rabochii)
Газета №1 Ваша газета на Алтае (Vasha Gazeta na Altae)
Vechernii Bernaul:
Ваше Дело (Vashe Delo)

Belarus-Literary Prize-Гліняны Вялес

I wanted to introduce my readers to Byelorussian or Belorussian Literary Prize entitled, "Гліняны Вялес" or "Gliniany Viales". The prize was founded in 1993 by the Union of Independent Writers. The name of the prize is symbolic of the "intention" of the founders. The prize was not supposed to be made of golden or crystal trophies, but simply of clay velez.

Nasha Niva, a Belorussian Newspaper reports that Уладзімір Някляеў (Vladimir Niaklieau) has been declared the winner of 2011 literary prize.

A wikipedia article provides a brief synopsis about the importance of this article.

Полное Собрание Законов о Российской Империи-Digitized by Russian National Library

The Russian National Library also has digitized a complete set of the laws of Russian Empire (Polnoe Sobranie Zaknov o Rossiiskoi Imperii). One unique feature of this open-access resources is its enhanced search capabilities. One can search the collection by keywords, by the last names as well as using the time periods.

The project self-description can be found here. And the subject thesaurus can be found here.

Bosnia: U.S. Military Operations Archive at University of North Texas

Source Description: "This report outlines U.S. military operations in Bosnia and discusses issues such as U.S. and Allied Participation in Bosnia Peacekeeping (IFOR/SFOR), duration, cost, arms control and military assistance. This report also includes most recent development, background analysis, and legislation".
It can be found here.

Belarusian Opposition Blog? or The Office for Anti-Propaganda?

As someone who spent many formative years of my life in Minsk, Slonim and Diatlovo, Belarus remains my second home. I as a professional librarian do not usually take sides when I provide information to my readers. However, one of my colleagues from Belarus brought this site to my attention and after some thought; I have decided to present it to my readers.
Belarus forever constitutes an integral part of my "dusha" and the land and its people remain dear to me even after 21 years of absence from the local scene. The site has interesting videos-testimonies that can be watched online. I sincerely hope that Bat'ka does not take this personally. The site's self-description is below:

Self Description:
The Office for Anti-Propaganda was founded in 2007 in Frankfurt. The "Office" produces an archive of videos, texts and picture material on the subject of political
propaganda. The focus is on Belarus because but its political model can be transferred to some other East …