Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Polona: the National Digital Library, National Library of Poland

Polona, The National Digital Library = Cyfrowa Biblioteka Narodowa, is a digitization project created under the auspices of the National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa). The digitized material is from the holdings of the National Library, covering the history, literature and culture of Poland. The interface of Polona is for the most part available in both Polish and English, -- allowing for easier navigation thru the site for non-Polish speakers (although a working knowledge of Polish would be a benefit to the user).

The collections are categorized as follows: books; early printed books; ephemera; journals, manuscripts; and visual art.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The On-line Collection of the National Library of Russia, in St. Petersburg.

Established in 1795 by Tsarina Catherine the Great, the National Library of Russia , in St. Petersburg (Rossiiskaia natsional'naia biblioteka, Sankt Peterburg) is one of the largest libraries in the world, containing over 34.5 million monographs, journals, newspapers, microforms, etc. Since 1810 it has served as a depository library, receiving a copy of every publication issued in Russia.

The national library is digitizing many of its collections, and placing them online. Some of the digitized material, include: the Churakov Collection of over 55, 000 post cards, depicting scenes of St. Petersburg dating from between the late 1890s -1941; the Zabludov Psalter, printed by Ivan Fedorov in 1570; the first Russian printed newspaper Vedomosti (established in 1702) ; and the Exploration and Settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East digital library.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Journal Devoted to the Holodomor

The first issue of the new academic journal titled, Holodomor Studies, has been released by Charles Schlacks Jr. Publishers (Idyllwild, CA ). This journal is the first English language periodical to focus solely on this tragic period in Ukrainian history, and will be published semi-annually. It is edited by Dr. Roman Serbyn, Professor Emeritus, Université du Québec à Montréal. Dr. Serbyn was last Fall's guest lecturer for the Annual J.B. Rudnyckyj Distinguished Lecture Series, here at the University of Manitoba.

The Elizabeth Dafoe Library has purchased a subscription to this new journal, which is housed in its Slavic Collection under the call number Slav DK 508.837 H6 , -- with the most current year shelved in the Slavic Collection's Current Periodical section.