Call for Applications! 2014 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois: please reach out to scholars!

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all Library Science scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 16 until August 8. The SRL provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection within a flexible time frame where scholars have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS).  Graduate students and junior scholars will also have opportunity to attend a specialized workshop on Scholarly and Literary Translation from June 16-20, 2014.

The deadline for grant funding is April 15 and is fast approaching! REEEC will continue to receive applications for the Summer Research Lab after the grant deadline, but housing and travel funds will not be guaranteed.

For more information and to apply, please use the following link: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/srl/?utm_source=SRS&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2014%20SRL.

For graduate students, the SRL provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad and extra experience to refine research skills.  Students will also have the opportunity of seeking guidance from specialized librarians skilled in navigating resources pertaining to and originating from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

The SRS is an extensive service that provides access to a wide range of materials that center on and come from: Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Republics, Former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. The International & Area Studies Library, where the Slavic reference collections are housed, contains work stations for readers, a collection of basic reference works, and current issues of over 1,000 periodicals and 110 newspapers in Western and area languages.

The Slavic Reference Service provides access to several resources that would interest Library Science professionals which include

  • East View’s Universal Database of Library Science;
  • huge runs of Russian East European and Eurasian (REEE) national bibliographic publications,
  • unique holdings in Kazakh and Uzbek national bibliography;
  • extensive holdings of REEE library catalogs, including one of North America’s only complete copies of the Russian National Library’s card catalogs for its pre-1998 non-Slavic-language holdings;
  • the Helsinki University Library’s old hand-written card catalog on microfilm; and
  • major holdings of REEE periodicals devoted to library and information science, including what are among the country’s most complete holdings of both the English and Russian versions of Referativnyi zhurnal : informatika.
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