Library Trends 63 (2) Fall 2014: Libraries in a Postcommunist World: Part 1 [Restricted]


Library Trends 63 (2) Fall 2014: Libraries in a Postcommunist World: A Quarter of a Century of Development in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia: Part 1 [Restricted] Edited by Hermina G.B. Anghelescu.

In August 2010, during the IFLA Annual Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden, Alistair Black, general editor of Library Trends, and I first discussed the idea of preparing a special issue of the journal to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the development of libraries in the region since then. I would like to thank Dr. Black for giving me the opportunity to serve as a guest editor for this two-part issue of Library Trends, for entrusting me with this responsibility, and for being so generous with the editorial space. Without his encouragement and guidance, this project would not have materialized.

Celebrating a quarter of a century since the collapse of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and Russia seemed a milestone worthy of being marked both by the countries that were the real players in changing history, through the anticommunist revolutions of 1989, and by the rest of the world who watched history being made. “Libraries in a Postcommunist World: A Quarter of a Century of Development in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia” allows authors from every country of the former Eastern bloc to share with the international library community not only the progress and achievements that libraries in the region have recorded, but also the challenges that library systems have faced over the past twenty-five years.

A project of such complexity was always going to be challenging: the featuring of twenty-two individual countries, none of which is English-speaking; finding the right contributor from each country; encouraging a respect for submission deadlines; ensuring that each article conformed to the required word count by necessarily dampening authors’ natural desire to discuss each and every aspect of librarianship in their respective countries. None of these has been an easy task. In order to accommodate all the countries of the region, it has been necessary to spread the articles [End Page 109] across two numbers of the journal. No selection criteria were used for placing countries in the first or second part of the collection. The principle that operated was mainly “first come, first included.” At the time the first issue goes to press, articles are still coming in for review; obviously, they will be part of the second issue.

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