| A good source of
information on donation programs is Janet
Greenberg's Manual for International Book and
Journal Donations, (American Council of
Learned Societies: 1993).
Sabre, IBB and others who deal with special
shipments from retired faculty and others have
indicated that there is no clear trend over the
last three years in the volume of offers which
they have received.
 In addition, the Sabre
Foundation has sent thousands of books to Belarus,
Croatia, Russia, Slovenia and Uzbekistan since
 The World Bank's
involvement in the donation process has primarily
been through the Catching Up with European Higher
Education Fund, which has given support to higher
educational institutions in Hungary. A limited
number of grants issued under the program have
had some component of book donations. Although
the last award period was in 1993, in 1994 the
World Bank is supporting a technical assistance
program worth 89 million yen to study issues of
textbooks and library reform in higher education.
Research by international and Hungarian experts
will be conducted between April and July 1994,
with findings presented two weeks later. A
program similar to the one in Hungary is likely
to begin soon in Bulgaria.
 Surveys were conducted
in twenty libraries in five countries. Cross
sections of books in different fields were chosen
from lists provided by partner organizations. The
most common problem was that 'recipient'
libraries had no record of donated books. Card
catalogues and computers were searched, and
inquiries were made with librarians. Still, in
many cases, no, or a small fraction of books
listed as donated by partner organizations were
located in recipient libraries.
 ESL books are in such
great demand that donor organizations, although
aware of the demand, find it difficult to acquire
sufficient numbers of them.
 Other organizations
sending lecturers to teach English language in
the region include the Academy for Intercultural
Training, the American Latvian Association,
Education for Democracy, Global Social Venture
Network, Global Volunteers, Teach Hungary, the
Ukrainian-American Educational Exchange
Association and WorldTeach. Contact information
can be obtained from the Citizens Democracy Corps.
 Surveys were conducted
in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland,
Romania, Ukraine and Estonia. It is likely that
in some instances libraries never received copies
of the journal, either because of postal problems
or delays in activating subscriptions.
 In the Slovak Republic
13% of respondents purchased fewer Western
journals, in Estonia 17% and in Romania 28%.
 For the region as a
whole, the rankings were as follows: 1) reference
books; 2) journals; 3) general book donations; 4)
textbook donations; 5) computerization of library
resources, 6) CD-ROM technology and databases; 7)
librarian training; 8) translations of research
books; 9) translations of textbooks. The
responses were grouped with reference books and
journals by far the most popular, training and
translations by far the least popular and the
rest falling in the middle.
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