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III. Policies: Slavic

  • Subject name: Slavic
  • Subject abbreviations: RUSS
  • Bibliographer: Heather Wicht
  • Other subject responsibilities: N/A
  • Address: 184 UCB
  • Phone: 303-492-4234
  • Email: Heather.Wicht@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The Slavic collection supports the teaching and research in Russian Studies, including language, literature, and culture.

A. Curricular emphasis:
Russian language skills in conversation and composition, Russian literature and art emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries and Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, contemporary Russian cinema, and modern Russian culture


B. Research emphasis:
Russian program's research emphases include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and literary criticism, cinema and visual arts of Russia and the former Soviet Union, Russian cultural studies, Russian popular culture and folklore, Russian sociolinguistics, Russian lexicology and Russian language teaching methodology.


C. Level of Degrees Granted:
BA in Russian Studies


D. Special Studies Programs:
Russian language and culture or Russian culture and literature


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
History, art, religious studies, political science, film studies, and linguistics


F. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Interlibrary loan, teachers of Russian, and the Slavic community of the Denver metropolitan area.


G. Other Considerations:
Bibliographer for Slavic coordinates purchases with other bibliographers in the Libraries when there is overlap of disciplines, such as history, film studies, etc.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Purchases are made through selection slips from Harrossowitz, Casalini Libri, and Blackwell North America (BNA). Selections are based on faculty and student requests, review and selection from catalogs and materials from publishers of Russian materials. A few purchases are made from the BNA Approval Plan shipments. Gift materials are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Russian and English. Other Slavic languages are considered based on teaching and research needs.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
No time period is excluded from selection. Significant contemporary works have priority.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Materials published in the Russian Federation Countries, United States, Canada, and England


E. Treatment of Subject:
Materials supporting the major undergraduate areas of study will be collected broadly. Special emphasis is on Russian literature.


F. Types of Materials:
Majority of materials are monographs and subscriptions to essential journals. Bibliographies, microforms, reference sets, audio-visual materials and some special collections make up the remainder.


G. Date of Publication:
Current and retrospective


H. Other General Considerations:
Translations of classic works from Russian into English are generally acquired. Translations into Russian of major works in other languages are not acquired. Duplicate holdings of imprints are discouraged. Rare books are not purchased for the general collection. The majority of the collection is located in the Norlin Library stacks. Major reference works are located in the Reference Department and some rare materials are housed in Special Collections. Older, less-used materials are housed in off-site storage (PASCAL).

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

PG 1-7925 Slavic. Baltic. Albanian languages and literature
[Primarily PG2001-3987 which is Russian]