Slavic & East European Information Resources is a peer-reviewed journal originally published by The Haworth Press, Inc. and now by Taylor & Francis. It began in Spring 2000.
SEEIR is a quarterly, but two issues in each volume will often appear together, particularly as a thematic issue devoted to a particular topic.
TERMINOLOGY, SCOPE. The terms "Slavic" and "Slavic & East European" are to be understood as shorthand for the following Slavic and non-Slavic countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, (Modern) Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. While we understand that these terms may not be those preferred by the citizens of some of the nations included, we chose them because they are generally understood in English-speaking countries and because the available alternatives are much too long. The list of countries is based on those recognized by the government of the United States, where the journal is based.
- PURPOSE AND GOALS. The central purpose of the journal is to serve as a focal point for the international exchange of information in the field of Slavic librarianship. Information includes news of the profession, technical developments, reviews of the literature, original research, indeed everything that touches on the practice of Slavic librarianship in North America, the countries covered and elsewhere in the world. Among the goals of the journal are to enable widespread Slavic librarians to exchange information and be aware of each other's efforts; to serve as the backbone of an international network of mutually supportive Slavic librarians; to promote the development of Slavic librarianship; and to contribute to the improvement of the status and condition of Slavic collections everywhere.
- PROFESSIONAL NEED SERVED BY THIS JOURNAL. Slavic collections everywhere face an array of formidable problems in preservation, automation and other areas. It is beyond the scope of any journal to organize the type of international efforts that solving these problems requires, but a journal such as this can aspire to lay the groundwork by serving as the backbone of an international network for exchange of information. The estimable annual journal Solanus cannot serve the same purpose because of its infrequent publishing schedule. SLAVLIBS, the useful e-mail list of Slavic librarians, is better suited to particular dilemmas of librarians than to extended discussion of the issues of Slavic librarianship.
- BENEFITS FOR READERS. Slavic librarian readers now have a journal devoted to their particular professional concerns. In it they will find up-to-date information about current developments in the field that can help them better perform their jobs. They will be able to learn who are the experts in particular areas. Those who have research or practical results to report will have in this journal a supportive venue. The journal may be indispensible to the many librarians who have responsibility for Slavic collections even though they are not Slavic specialists.
- TYPES OF ARTICLES EMPHASIZED. This journal emphasizes the current, concrete and practical sides of Slavic librarianship. The editor, however, will be glad to discuss proposals on any topic in the field.
- SPECIAL COLUMNS AND FEATURES. Reviews. The Internet. In Our Libraries. Vendors' Column.