Today: McKeldin 08:00AM - 05:00PM

University Libraries welcomes Dr. Valerii Pavlovich Leonov, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Library

Dr. Valerii Pavlovich Leonov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Library, studied at the University of Maryland in the midst of the Cold War. As the only librarian sponsored by the IREX exchange program, an international effort to promote positive change, he credits this formative experience (1973-1974) as one that enriched his career and expanded his view of libraries.



International Academia and the Cold War

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

12 noon – 2:00 p.m.

McKeldin Library 7121

Light lunch will be served

Sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, Department of History

Introduced  by Dr. Mikhail Dolbilov, assistant professor of history at the University of Maryland, who is a historian of Imperial Russia and has published extensively both in English and Russian. 



Russian Libraries, Research and Scholars: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Special Events Room

McKeldin Library 6137




Fire of 1988 at The Russian Academy of Sciences Library    

Thursday, April 4, 2013

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

McKeldin Library 7121e??

A fire in 1988 devastated the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences and marked one of the worst library disasters the world has ever known.  Nearly 300,000 items were lost, among them 152,245 valuable foreign imprints published before 1930. Dr. Valerii Leonov, who had only recently been appointed director, oversaw the recovery and is credited with saving this national treasure.


Introduced by Carla Montori, preservation librarian at the University of Maryland Libraries, who is a national leader in the field of preservation and digital preservation.