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Karen A Rondestvedt

Curator for Slavic and East European Collections
Karen Rondestvedt

Contact

  • (650) 725-1052
Room: 
345A

Karen's role in the library

I am the collection development librarian for Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies. That means that I select material for Stanford libraries from and about this geographic region in all formats, for both the general collection and Special Collections. I'm the liaison to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and to the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. I also help students, faculty and other researchers to find Slavic, East European and Eurasian material.

Topic Guides by Karen

Guide Last Updated Subject tag
Russia and Eurasia: find articles 2014-10-22 Central Asian history, Russian history, Ukrainian history, Russian literature, Central Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies, Ukrainian studies
Russia, East Central Europe and Eurasia: transliteration & computer setup 2014-09-22 Central Asian history, Russian history, Ukrainian history, Russian literature, Central Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies, Ukrainian studies
East Central Europe: Find Articles 2014-10-09 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies
Russia and Eurasia: Find News 2014-09-22 Central Asian history, Russian history, Ukrainian history, Russian literature, Central Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies, Ukrainian studies
Russia and Eurasia: Find Statistics, Geographical Information and Maps 2013-10-03 Central Asian history, Russian history, Ukrainian history, Central Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies, Ukrainian studies, Geography, Maps
East Central Europe: Find News 2014-09-22 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies
East Central Europe: Find Statistics, Geographical Information and Maps 2014-09-23 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies, Geography, Maps
Russia and Eurasia: Find Primary Sources 2013-10-09 Russian history, Ukrainian history, Russian literature, Central Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies, Ukrainian studies
East Central Europe: Find Primary Sources 2014-09-23 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies
Baltic studies 2014-04-17 Baltic history, East European history
Russian literature 2014-10-22 Russian literature, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies

Professional activities

Editor of Slavic & East European Information Resources, a professional journal for Slavic librarians, 2000-

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Committee on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Distinguished Service Award Subcommittee, 2011-13.

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS, former name of ASEEES), member of Bibliography & Documentation Committee (former name of CLIR), 1994-1998, 2005-2007. Chair, 1996-1998.  This committee is the leadership group for librarians in AAASS/ASEEES.

Chair, Pacific Coast Slavic & East European Library Consortium (PACSLAV), 2002-2005.

Stanford University Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Steering Committee, member, 2001-2005, 2007-

Selected publications

Co-founder and editor of journal Slavic & East European Information Resources, The Haworth Press, 2000-2008; Routledge, 2009-

“Stanford Libraries to Expand Collecting in Estonian and Baltic Studies,” AABS [Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies] Newsletter, January 2012, 17-18.

“Iltimos, bizga kitoblar yuboring! U.S. Libraries’ Collecting Strategies for Central Asian Publications,” Slavic & East European Information Resources 8, no. 2-3 (2007), 31-47. Volume also published as Access to East European and Eurasian Culture: Publishing, Acquisitions, Digitization, Metadata (New York: The Haworth Press, 2007).

“Slavic Approval Plans: What Works and What Doesn’t,” Slavic & East European Information Resources 6, no. 4 (2005), 25-33. Abridged translation by K.M. Sukhorukov appears as “Особенности комплектования фондов славистики в библиотеках США” [Special Issues of Slavic Collection Development in Libraries of the USA], Библиография, 2007, no. 4:141-144.

Review of Jacek Fisiak, ed., Nowy słownik Fundacji Kościuszkowskiej = The New Kosciuszko Foundation Dictionary, and Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, Unabridged Polish-English Dictionary, Slavic & East European Information Resources 6, no. 1 (2005), 167-172.

“Trials and Triumphs in the Polish Book Trade Since 1989,” Slavic & East European Information Resources 5, no. 1/2 (2004), 27-39.

"Growing Pains at REESWeb: Thoughts on Restructuring a Link Site Which Has Outgrown Its Organization," Journal of Internet Cataloging 1, no. 3 (1998), 47-57.

"Bibliographic Control of Current Publications Under the New Order (Poland, Romania, Bulgaria)," Solanus, New Series 9 (1995), 3-14.

"Acquisitions Problems From Poland and Russia: Update on Causes and Potential Solutions," Library Resources & Technical Serivices 37, no. 2 (April 1993), 211-219.

"Serials Acquisitions and Recent Changes in Poland and the Soviet Union," Serials Review 17, no. 3 (Fall 1991), 15-20, 66.

More about Karen

I have been in my current position since the beginning of 2001.

Before coming to Stanford I was Slavic Bibliographer/Cataloger, then Slavic Bibliographer in the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh from 1985 to 2000.

From 1972 to 1985 (while I was also a graduate student) I held paraprofessional Slavic Positions in Acquisitions and Collection Development in the University of Chicago Library.

I have a personal web page at http://www.stanford.edu/~rondest/.

Education

PhD, University of Chicago, Slavic Linguistics and General Linguistics
MA, University of Chicago, Library Science
MA, University of Chicago, Slavic Linguistics
BA, Oberlin College, Russian major