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Karen A Rondestvedt

Interim selector for non-Slavic countries of the Balkans, East Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Curator for Slavic and East European Collections (retired)
Karen Rondestvedt

Contact

  • (650) 725-1052
Room: 
321

Karen's role in the library

Until I retired in December 2014, I was the collection development librarian for Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies. In my current, interim, position (10 hours a week), I select material and help students and faculty find information from and about non-Slavic countries of the Balkans, East Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Topic Guides by Karen

Guide Last Updated Subject tag
Russia and Eurasia: find articles 2015-03-17 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 2015-03-19 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 2015-03-17 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies
Russia and Eurasia: find news 2015-03-17 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 2015-03-17 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 2015-03-17 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies
East Central Europe: find statistics, geographical information and maps 2015-03-17 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies, Geography, Maps
Russia and Eurasia: find primary sources 2016-02-08 Russian history, Ukrainian history, Russian literature, Central Asian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Russian studies, Ukrainian studies
East Central Europe: find primary sources 2016-02-08 East European history, Slavic and Eastern European studies, Polish studies
Russian literature 2015-03-19 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, 2007-2014

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 Karen

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/.

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