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Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies Program

Irina Holden, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection of Slavica is intended to support an undergraduate degree program, a graduate M.A. program, a post-Master's program (Certificate of Advanced Study) in translation, and faculty research. In addition, a proposal for a Ph.D. program sponsored jointly by the Albany and Stony Brook campuses is in development. Courses offered by the Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies program focus primarily on Russian language (including philology), Russian literature, Slavic linguistics and translation. There are also several course offerings in Russian cultural history, Russian and Soviet cinema, and Polish language and literature. Courses in other Slavic and East European languages, although offered less frequently, include Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Romanian.

The materials collected also support coursework and research by students and faculty in the undergraduate interdisciplinary Russian and East European Studies program.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: Materials collected are primarily in Russian and English. To a lesser extent materials in other Slavic and East European languages are acquired. Critical works in other major European languages are purchased selectively.

Geographical Areas: Russia (both pre-revolutionary and the contemporary federation), other constituent republics of the former Soviet Union, and other Eastern European countries.

Chronological 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

Types of Materials Collected: Monographs, monographic sets, serials and journals are the basic components of the Slavic collection. Russian-language newspapers, published both in Russia as well as in other countries, are also acquired. Dissertations, newsletters and audiovisual materials are acquired on a selective basis. Microform collections are acquired as appropriate.

Current Russian-language materials from Russia are collected. In addition, writings of Soviet/Russian emigres are acquired from those countries where these Russian-language materials are published such as the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Israel.

Major indexes, abstracts, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other bibliographical and informational tools pertaining to the study of Slavic languages and literatures as well as Russian and East European studies are selected by the Subject Librarian for Reference and are housed in the Reference area in accordance with the Reference collection policy statement.

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

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Russian Language (PG2001-2850) Advanced Study / Instructional Support Level
Russian Literature (PG2900-3700, PN) Advanced Study / Instructional Support Level
Slavic Linguistics (PG1-799) Advanced Study / Instructional Support Level
Other Slavic/
East European Languages
and Literatures
Bulgarian (PG801-1159) Minimal Level
Serbo-Croatian (PG1201-1799) Basic Information Level
Slovenian (PG1801-1998) Minimal Level
Ukrainian (PG3802-3998) Basic Information Level
Czech (PG4001-5198) Minimal Level
Slovak (PG5201-5598) Minimal Level
Polish (PG6001-7498) Instructional Support Level
Balto-Slavic (PG8001-9198) Study/Instructional Support Level
Lithuanian (PG8501-8799) Minimal Level
Latvian (PG8801-9199) Minimal Level
Albanian (PG9501-9679) Minimal Level
Romanian (PC601-872) Minimal Level
Estonian (PH2001-3719) Minimal Level
Romanian (PC601-872) Minimal Level

V. Other Factors

In the non-language and non-literature components of the Slavic programs, there is considerable overlap with the Russian and East European Studies program and the Linguistics program as well as with other fields in the humanities and social sciences. Joint consultation about purchases is often desirable.

December 2003

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