[1] 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).

[2] 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.

[3] In addition, the Sabre Foundation has sent thousands of books to Belarus, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia and Uzbekistan since 1991.

[4] 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.

[5] 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.

[6] ESL books are in such great demand that donor organizations, although aware of the demand, find it difficult to acquire sufficient numbers of them.

[7] 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.

[8] 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.

[9] In the Slovak Republic 13% of respondents purchased fewer Western journals, in Estonia 17% and in Romania 28%.

[10] 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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