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Tour of Russian libraries, museums and archives

From: Marianne Steadley <steadley<-a>
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Soviet Secrets, Russian Revelations: An Inside View of Information
and Access in the New Russia July 15-26, 2005

The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and
Information Science (GSLIS) and the Rudomino All-Russia State
Library for Foreign Literature invite you to join us on a unique
historical and educational exploration of Moscow and St. Petersburg
this summer.

As a participant in this small group (maximum 25) study tour, you
will visit different kinds of libraries, archives, museums, and
other cultural institutions to see how Russians are dealing with the
challenges of providing access to information and preservation of
cultural treasures 14 years after the end of the Soviet era. You
will meet librarians, educators, legislators,and people in other
relevant professions who will share with you their concerns and
strategies for working in settings where, a short time ago,
information was controlled completely by the state, and cultural
institutions played a very different role in society.

The tour will be led by Marianna Tax Choldin, founding director of
the University of Illinois  Mortenson Center for International
Library Programs and distinguished scholar of censorship and freedom
of information in Russia, the Soviet Union and the post-Communist
world. Her contributions as a scholar who has studied these issues
in Russia for many years "from the outside" will be enhanced by
those of Russian colleagues who will speak about the issues "from
the inside."

Suggested Audience: Everyone is welcome. This tour will be of
particular interest to individuals concerned with information access
issues and the preservation of cultural heritage institutions in
Russia today.

For additional information:
<URL:> or contact

    Marianne Steadley
    steadley<-a t->uiuc< . >edu

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