The Slavonic Librarians Conference back in Oxford after 20 years

14 April 2008

Between 31 March and 1 April 2008, Oxford Slavonic subject specialist librarians Angelina Gibson, Nick Hearn and Tom Stableford were delighted to welcome the Slavonic librarians’ group COSEELIS (Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services) back to Oxford after a gap of 20 years.  Hosted by St Catherine’s College, the conference was attended by 50 delegates from around the world.  

Speakers included: Michael Popham, Head of the Oxford Digital Library, who gave an overview of the Oxford Google project; Anna Rakityanskaya who presented the Slavonic Collection at Harvard University; Angelina Gibson who gave an informative session on electronic resources and Intute. Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian and Director of Oxford University Library Services, gave a well-illustrated Powerpoint presentation on library buildings and Oxford’s future library-building plans. At the end of the conference, delegates were treated to tours of the Bodleian and a small display of the Bodleian’s Slavonic holdings. 

Nick Hearn, Slavonic Subject Librarian, OULS, said: 'It was a privilege to welcome the Slavonic Librarians from around the world to Oxford this year. The conference helped us raise the profile of Oxford’s Slavonic collection and reinforce its position as a leading  international research centre in the field.'

Slavonic Studies is now in a state of modest resurgence with Oxford recently having received government funding to become a centre for East European Language based Area Studies in collaboration with SSEES (School of Slavonic and European Studies) in London and the University of Birmingham.

The most important function of COSEELIS is to represent the interests of UK libraries and other information organisations offering services in the field of Slavonic and East European studies. Group interests are furthered through publications, co-operative activities, collective representation, and the exchange of views and ideas at conferences.

Further details of Oxford’s Slavonic collections can be found at: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/libraries/subjects/slavonic

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