Karen A Rondestvedt

Curator for Slavic and East European Collections (retired)

I'm now completely retired. Please contact the current curator, Margarita Nafpaktitis, nafpaktitis@stanford.edu.

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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

Professional activities 

Editor of Slavic & East European Information Resources, a professional journal for Slavic librarians, 2000-2016.

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, 2007-2014

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 me 

I was Curator for Slavic and East European Collections from 2001 to 2014.

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/.