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Bulgarian Print Collection at UC Berkeley Library: Using the Bulgarian Web Resources as Collection Development Tools.


Collecting Bulgarian print materials in an era of shrinking library materials exchange budgets and changing collection development priorities represents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for librarians who are responsible for East European collections in North American academic libraries. Bulgarian Studies as a discipline often forms a part of a larger and traditionally Russian-dominated field of Slavic and East European Studies. In the case of the University of California system, Bulgarian print materials are collected by only two campuses, i.e., UC Berkeley and UCLA. This article has two goals. The first is to provide a brief survey of current collection development levels of Bulgarian language materials since the fall of the Soviet Bloc in 1989. Second, I aim to highlight some key web resources that can potentially be used and adapted as collection development tools by selectors in Area Studies.

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