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Russian and East European Studies

Irina Holden, Bibliographer
iholden@albany.edu

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection policy for Russian and East European Studies supports an interdisciplinary undergraduate major, a senior seminar in Russian and East European Studies, and faculty research. Degree concentrations are available in history, political science and (post-)Soviet Russia. For the latter, courses are also required in Russian language and literature and geography.

In general, the current collection of materials for this Program focuses on trends and developments relating to Eastern Europe or the individual countries in that geographic area. Materials relating to East European history, political science and economics are also collected under the collection policies for those departments and are supplemented by the collection policy for this Program. Materials acquired primarily for the support of the programs in Slavic Languages and Literatures and in Geography and Planning supplement this Program.

Additionally, the Libraries' collection of United States Government Publications relating to Eastern Europe also supports this Program.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: English is the major language of the basic collection. However, primary materials in Russian are also collected. No languages are excluded if needed for instructional or research purposes.

Geographical areas: Eastern Europe, including Russia, other constituent republics of the former Soviet Union, and other East European countries.

LChronological periods: Material is collected from approximately the eleventh century to the present, although emphasis is placed on the acquisition of contemporary materials.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Type of materials collected: Books, monographic series, and journals are the basic components of the Russian and East European collection. Dissertations, audiovisual materials and electronic resources are also acquired on a selective basis. Subscriptions to newsletters may be placed, but the issues will be bound and retained selectively. Microform collections will be acquired as appropriate.

Major indexes, abstracts, encyclopedias, and other bibliographical and informational tools pertaining to the study of Russian and Eastern Europe are selected by the bibliographer for Reference and are housed in the reference area in accordance with the Reference Collection policy statement. More specialized reference materials are acquired by the Russian and East European Studies Program.

Types of materials excluded: Basic textbooks and article reprints are generally excluded.

IV. Other Factors

The Russian and East European Program is interdisciplinary. Coordination with other departments is detailed in Section I above.

V. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Resources for the Russian and East European Program are collected at the Intermediate Study or Instructional Support Level.

December 2003

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