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Karta Center Foundation-Poland Web-site

I wanted to bring to the attention of my readers the following website from Poland that is entitled, "Karta". The KARTA Centre Foundation - an independent non-governmental organization dealing with the documentation and dissemination of recent Polish history, and Central and Eastern Europe (from the early twentieth century to 1989), the carrying of knowledge of modern man and the spread of tolerance and democracy. It has a portal of audio and video files that relate to Polish history. The site can be accessed here.

A Letter from Ingegerd Rabow, Editor-in-chief of ScieCom (Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication)

Welcome to the June 2011 issue of ScieCom info.
Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication.
There has been a lot of international concern about Elsevier's recently changed Open Access Policy. We can now publish a formal statement made by the Swedish national programme, run by the Swedish National Library to promote OA to research results produced by Swedish researchers. The Steering Committee is deeply concerned about any changes that restrict availability and strongly objects to Elsevier's new policy. " Statement: Concern about Elsevier's Open Access Policy."
An Open Access Policy has now been adopted by the Karolinska Institute (KI), Stockholm. The Policy will be in effect from July 1, 2011. KI encourages its researchers to make their publications to the greatest possible extent freely available, taking into account publisher terms and relevant demands of grant-awarding bodies and government authorities.  es. Read KI's Open ac…

World Uyghur Congress Newsletter-June 2011

World Uyghur Congress Newsletter for June 2011 has been published and it can be accessed here.

Its contents are as follows:
Where is Ershidin Israel? The World Must Demand Accountability for Deported Uyghur Refugee

Human Rights Violations against Uyghur People Discussed at UNHRC
2nd Anniversary of the 5 July 2009 Events – Call for Action by the WUC

WUC Press Release on Xinjiang Work Conference
UAA Press Release on Tiananmen Anniversary
Radio Free Asia Interviews WUC Project Coordinator
BBC Interviews WUC Secretary General

WUC Secretary General at International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy
Uyghur Women´s Committee in Austria and Switzerland
Netherlands East Turkestan Uyghur Union at “Turkic People Cultural Forum”
Meeting Between Turkish Politicians and Uyghur Organizations
Uyghur Meeting in Australia
WUC Secretary General at Bavarian Parliament
Mongolians and Uyghurs Stage Demonstration in Amsterdam
Tiananmen Commemoration in Brussels
WUC Demonstratio…

2011 University of California Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey Report Now Available

A new report, UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey: <>
presents the results of a 2010 survey of 2,569 University of California faculty, staff, and students. The study was a
collaborative effort between California Digital Library <> staff and University of California campus librarians undertaken as part of a Springer Science+Business Media e-Book Pilot Project.  Topics covered include University of California reader preference for e-books as compared to print books, valued e-book features, and an assessment of reader experiences with Springer e-books during 2009and 2010.  We hope
members of this list may find the report useful.

Questions and comments can be directed to Felicia Poe, Ivy Anderson, or Jacqueline Wilson at the California Digital Library.
Felicia Poe, Manager
User Experience Design Service

Ivy Anderson, Director
Collection Development & Manag…

In Memoriam: Elena Bonner: 1923-2011

BBC Informed on June 18, 2011 that В Соединенных Штатах на 89-м году жизни после тяжелой болезни скончалась вдова академика Андрея Сахарова, известная правозащитница и общественный деятель Елена Боннэр.

Call Papers for AATSEEL

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) will be held in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 5-8, 2012. The second and final deadline for submission of proposals is July 1, 2011. For information about this meeting and details about submission procedures, please see the Call for Papers:
The AATSEEL is continuing the option we introduced last year to submit fully-formed panel proposals with a single-paragraph description. Descriptions of individual papers for such panels may be submitted after the panel is accepted up to September 30, 2011. Individual proposals must be submitted by this date to be included in the program.
To submit roundtables or workshop proposals, please send a brief description, a list of participants and email addresses (for roundtables), and the name of the organizer, chair, or leader to the appropriate division head. These may be submitted any time up to the July 1 deadline.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The journal KNJIŽNICA (LIBRARY, ISSN 0023-2424) is now accepting proposals for publication in its international issue.
 KNJIŽNICA (LIBRARY, ISSN 0023-2424) is the first scientific journal in Slovenia to publish refereed articles and short communications presenting recent scientific and professional achievements in library and information science, book studies and related fields. KNJIŽNICA aspires to support the development of theory and practice and to raise the knowledge and skills of professional staff. The KNJIŽNICA is indexed in: LISA (CSA), LISTA (EBSCO), Proquest Science/Technology Databases (HT&AJ, Technology Journals, Illustrata Technology), Proquest Research Library, ProQuest Library Science, IBZ, and DOAJ. Full-text articles can be accessed on the journal's web site ( ), and on the web sites of LISA, Google Scholar, dLib and COBISS/OPAC.
 The aim of the international issue is to stimulate scientific communication…

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields

I know that this post has perhaps nothing to do with our field of Eastern European Studies Librarianship. Yesterday, a friend of mine pointed out to this new documentary entitled, "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields". I watched it last night and was struck by the silence of the UN as portrayed in this doucmentary on various issues that were depicted here. So Where is Buddha and his principals of non-violence? Please make up your own mind? So what about "Manno Singh"-the great savior of India? Is he sleeping peacefully? Of course, the civilians always pay the price...And who financed this? And to whom was Trincomalee leased? And how do we define geo-political interests of India?

Songs and its versions: Laura Vass-Romanian Celebrity

So I ask the following question as my mind runs back to this addictive Romanian melody-Buzele Tale, and today I found that there are two versions of this song. As a reader, which version is better? Any ideas?

Spring Issue of SlavFile Released Online

The Spring edition of SlavFile, the quarterly newsletter of the ATA Slavic
Languages Division
, is now out and available to all, without charge or
registration, at:

It is primarily in English, and many articles are intended to be accessible
to those who do not read Russian or another Slavic language.

--2010 ATA Conference reviews:
*Contemporary Russian: Enhanced Vocabulary, Endangered Syntax
*Rocket and Space Terminology
*Practical Challenges of Legal and Medical Interpreting
--More than Words: on Shostakovich, , and more
--SlavFilms: Podstrochnik: Translating between the Lines, review of the film
and book on translator Lilianna Lungina (part 2)
--Google Translate and back again -- the case of Harry Potter
--New tourism vocabulary
--Not by Word Count Alone
--Idiom Savants - Money Talks (part 2) - bilingual idioms about money

Susan Welsh
Translator and editor, German-English and Russian-English
Leesburg, Virginia U…

EuropeanaTech Conference

October 4-5, 2011 | Vienna, Austria - Austrian National Library

EuropeanaConnect Final Conference in collaboration with Europeana Foundation

Entry to the conference is free and open to all! 
Places are limited and registration is requested at

EuropeanaTech is the final conference of the EU project EuropeanaConnect and is organised in collaboration with the Europeana Foundation. It will explore technical challenges of making digital cultural and scientific information attractive and easily accessible for the public. An important goal of this conference is to build the community of technical and scientific experts in the field. At the core of the conference are interaction, demonstration and the exchange of experiences.

The main strands of the conference will be:
- Open Source
- Open Data
- Aggregation an…

Journal of Minorities of Russian Federation

I was looking for a representative journal about the National and Ethnic Minorities of Russian Federation, and I accidentally stumbled upon
following online open-access journal. It is entitled, "Журнал "Мир коренных народов - Живая Арктика". It is published by the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East.

There are full-text PDF issues available at no charge to the visitor to the association's site. The journal can be accessed here.

4-5 July 2011
Wine Room
King's College

9:00am: Welcome and Panel 1: Europe's Divided Memory
•       Emma Widdis (Cambridge), Opening remarks
•       Chair: John Barber (Cambridge)
•       Aleida Assmann (Konstanz) , 'Europe's Divided Memory'
•       Jay Winter (Yale), 'Human Rights and European Remembrance'
•       Natan Sznaider (Tel-Aviv) , 'Between Cosmopolitan and Ethnic: Europe's Jewish Memory'
10:45am: Coffee
11:00am: Panel 2: Memory, Identity and Violence
•       Chair: Caroline Humphrey (Cambridge)
•       Jan Assmann (Konstanz), 'Memory, Identity and Violence'
•       Harald Wydra (Cambridge), 'Generations of Memory'
•       Nancy Condee (Pittsburg) , 'City-Cemetery, or the New Enchantments of Russian Landscape'
12:30pm: Lunch
2:00pm: Panel 3: Technologies of Memory
•       Chair: Sander Brouwer (Groningen)
•       Simon Franklin (Cambridge), 'Technologies of M…