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Department of Defense Releases of the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation.

DOD has released its newest study assessing the effectiveness of military pay and benefits. The Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC) is completed every four years and focuses on areas established by the President. Begun in 2010, the 11th QRMC focused specifically on: special and incentive pays for critical career fields;combat compensation; wounded warriors, caregivers, and survivor compensation; and Reserve and National Guard compensation and benefits. For the rest of the summary see the press release View individual supporting chapters, reference documents, and downloadable files The report can be viewed in several ways. The main link for the 11th report also includes links for the 9th and 10th as well 11th QRMC Main report 11th QRMC supporting research papers http://military…

Russian Presidential Elections Archival Project at GWU!

I would like to acquaint the readers of this blog with a completed web archiving effort that was accomplished for the recent Russian presidential election as informed by my colleague at LC. - 2012 Russian Presidential Election In 2007-08, George Washington University Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies received NDIIP support (from LC) for an Archive-It web archiving project to cover the Russian parliamentary and presidential cycles then. You can see the resulting collections here: This GWU project is available for use, although a future addition could be a front end at the Library of Congress. The 2012 Russian presidential collection sites are readily available as 394 individual discrete URLs for now, but otherwise no front end has been created. Some URLs were harvested regularly on a weekly basis over some period of time, others were harvested j…

Call for Papers: Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

Call for Spring 2013 Journal Papers The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (JNCOLCTL) is soliciting articles for publication. The Journal, published annually by NCOLCTL, is dedicated to the issues and concerns related to the teaching and learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages. The Journal primarily seeks to address the interests of language teachers, administrators, and researchers. Arti¬cles that describe in¬novative and successful teaching methods that are relevant to the con¬cerns or problems of the profession, or that report educational research or experimentation in Less Common¬ly Taught Lan-guages are welcome. Papers presented at NCOLCTL's annual conference will be considered for publication, but additional manuscripts from members of the pro¬fes¬sion are also welcome. Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of Less commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs). The envisioned coverage of the…

Agora Portal Open-Access Library.

Agora Portal's self-description is as follows, "Since its launch in 2010, AGORA has become the leading Portal for the parliamentary development community, uniting international organisations, parliamentary development experts and professionals, but also MP's, parliamentary staff, NGO's and civil society organisations active in the field of parliamentary development."

Its library can be accessed here.

It has more than 1.100 documents on parliamentary development. One can search the library catalog using three methods: searching by keyword, filtering by author or publisher, or simply browsing the different categories.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Central Slavic Conference 2012: 50 Years (and Beyond),
November 1-4, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri

The Central Slavic Conference is pleased to invite scholars of all disciplines working in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European studies to submit proposals for panels, individual papers, roundtables, and poster
presentations for its annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the 2012 International Studies Association Midwest Conference (see link below).

The 2012 meeting is a special one, as it marks the 50th anniversary of the CSC. Founded in 1962 as the Bi-State Slavic Conference, the Central Slavic Conference now encompasses seven states and is one of the two oldest of the regional affiliates of ASEEES(Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies).[Ed. note:the Southern conference and the Midwest conference will have to duke this out at some point.]

In honor of the anniversary, there will be special events celebrating the past and future of the CSC. We wil…

E-GOV portal of Kazakhstan

This e-gov portal of Kazakhstan is a tri-lingual website. It can be accessed here. The Kazakh language version serves as a landing page and it can be accessed here.

The site self-description in English is as follows, "   The "electronic government" portal - a unique resource, where citizens and guests of the Republic of Kazakhstan can find a comprehensive official information about Kazakhstan, its government, laws, national landmarks, and obtain government services and pay taxes and fines online.
     Totally, portal has more than 2,000 information services, presented in several thematic sections on economics, education, culture, labour, health, sport, tourism and other spheres of human activity. For example, under "Education" you will find full information about education legislation, the leading educational institutions, the results of the Unified National Test and useful links to Internet resources of Kazakh universities, educational programs and state agenci…

Early Russian Newspapers Online: Part I

Dear Readers,

As the librarian for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies collection, I would like to request your assistance in cataloging various non-commercial, open-access digital projects that involve digitization of Russian and regional language newspapers from the Former Soviet Union countries. Although ephemeral in their existence, these newspapers from the early period represent wealth of information.

For example, today I found while searching an online archive of a newspaper called Krasnii Sever or the Red North. You can read these issues here.

For example, an issue of Krasnii Sever that is dated April 18, 1917 can be found here.

The issues are in PDF format. If you have any suggestions about any other relevant sites, please send me an email or leave comments here.

Vologdiskie eparkhial'niye vedomosti beginning 1864 can be read here.

Thank you.


Russian Language Resources on Web as describe by ReadRussia 2012 related website.


Maksim Moshkov's Digital library, giving access to untold numbers of Russian literary texts, humor, poetry, etc. An enormous collection - likely the most popular Russian lit resource on the Web.
Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore:
The Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore (FEB-web) is a full-text digital resource. FEB-web accumulates information in text, audio, visual, and other forms on 11th-20th-century Russian literature, Russian folklore, and the history of Russian literary scholarship and folklore studies. brings together information on the best literary Russian Internet resources: digital libraries, reviews of the book news, literary competitions and much more.
Russian Virtual Library:
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The French Language in Russia: An international interdisciplinary conference

The French Language in Russia: An international interdisciplinary conference Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 September, 2012 The bicentenary of Napoleon's invasion of Russia will be marked by an international interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Bristol. The conference will bring together researchers from a wide range of fields concerned with language, history, and thought. Its aim is to explore how French was used in Russia, particularly, though not exclusively, in the early nineteenth century, and to assess its social, cultural, and linguistic legacy. Wednesday 12 September A. The language situation     John Dunn (University of Glasgow): 'French in 1800, English in 2000: what are the parallels?'     Nina Dmitrieva (IRLI (Pushkinskii dom), St Petersburg): 'La coexistence du russe et du français en Russie du premier tiers du XIX-e siècle : le bilinguisme ou la diglossie?'   …