Library Trends 63 (4) Spring 2015: Libraries in a Postcommunist World: Part 2
Library Trends 63 (4) Spring 2015: Libraries in a Postcommunist World: A Quarter of a Century of Development in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia: Part 2. 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 across two numbers of the journal.
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(Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2015)This paper presents a historical overview of the processes and changes experienced by libraries of all types in Montenegro during the past twenty-five years, as well as their current state. Major aspects of library work ...
(Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2015)In the last two decades, Croatian libraries have been influenced by four key factors: 1) becoming an independent state with new sociopolitical and economic systems in the 1990s, during which time the state transformed ...
(Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2015)This paper highlights the history of libraries in Belarus, including the library network development and its current structure. The paper uses data analyses of official state statistics, normative and unpublished legal ...
Slovakia is a young and progressive country that has undergone great changes since its establishment as a sovereign state. This paper describes the transformation of the Slovak library system after 1989 in the context ...
Leadership and innovators training program for Latvian and Romanian public librarians at the Mortenson Center for international ibrary programs From 2009 to 2012, the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (MC) at the University of Illinois Library implemented the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries (GL) Leaders and Innovators Training ...