The 2016 Slavic librarians summit will take place June 9-11 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). MidWestSlav expresses appreciation to the UIUC’s International & Area Studies Library, and Russian East European, and Eurasian Center for sponsoring this year’s summit. A special thanks to generous donors who have made it possible continue the tradition of Slavic librarians summits indefinitely.
2015 Business Meeting
Members of MidWestSlav met at the 47th ASEEES Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Th meeting took place on Thursday, November 19, 10:00-12:00 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Meeting Room 309. Members gave library reports, shared updates on cooperative projects, and discussed topics of mutual interest. The members discussed the possibility of renewing the biennial Slavic Librarians Summit meetings through the generous gift of a potential donor.
The second half of the meeting was conducted in conjunction with the East Coast (ECC) and Pacific Coast (PacSlav) Slavic library consortia, in which the CEO of Central and East European Online (CEEOL) clarified changes to their database and pricing structure. This meeting cleared up the misconceptions that had occurred prior to the ASEEES conference.
2014 Business Meeting
Members of MidWestSlav met at the 46th ASEEES Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX. The meeting took place on Thursday, November 20, 9:00-12:00 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 5th Floor, Conference Suite 544. Members will gave library reports and discussed cooperative projects. Due to budget cuts and the loss of federal funding for area studies, future Slavic Librarians Summits are currently on hiatus.
2013 Business Meeting
Members of MidWestSlav who were in attendance at the 45th ASEEES Annual Convention in Boston, MA met for a working dinner to discuss to evaluate progess on goals from the 2012 summit and to discuss consortium business. Of particular mention were the articles about the rising cost of journal publishing and Open Access as an alternative to traditional models of scholarly journal publishing, which appeared in the Association’s newsletter, NewsNet v. 53, n. 3 (2013). The University of Virginia recently joined the Consortium. We also discussed plans for the 2014 Slavic Librarians Summit to be held in on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas during the spring.
2012 Slavic Librarians Summit
The 2012 summit took place May 16-18 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. MidWestSlav expresses appreciation to the KU Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) and KU Libraries for sponsoring this meeting. The meeting began with a welcome reception on Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 pm, hosted by Jon Giullian, Librarian for Slavic and Eurasian Studies at KU. The program consisted of 5 sessions that took place on Thursday and Friday, May 17-18. Topics for discussion included member library reports; cooperative collecting of materials from Central Asia; characteristics and trends in the Slavic book trade with an emphasis on e-books; possibilities for collaboration with the PACSLAV and the ECC, and, the crisis in journal publishing and open solutions; and initiatives in web archiving of Slavic and Eurasian -related websites.
History of the Slavic Librarians Summit
Every two years the University of Kansas, through the generous support of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, hosts a biennial Slavic Librarians’ Summit. The intimate, workshop-style meetings are some of the most productive collaborative work meetings where Slavic librarians have the chance to share strategies for addressing major challenges in managing Slavic research collections and work to find collective solutions. At previous meetings librarians from Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, George Washington, and Wisconsin gathered in Lawrence, Kansas to coordinate collaborative acquisition of materials from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian (REEE) regions; to discuss changes in REEE academic programs nationwide and their effect on our respective collection development strategies; to share strategies for teaching information literacy to students in REEE studies; and to discuss the exigencies of academic journal publishers in the current publishing environment.
2016 Program & Participants