Reference Reviews Europe: A New Publishing Opportunity for East and West
Founded in 1994 by colleagues from our section, Reference Reviews Europe (Fiesole: Casalini Libri. ISSN 1124-6332) and the online RREO annually feature well over one hundred reviews of European-language reference works. North American librarians versed in western and/or eastern European studies translate German book reviews from Informationsmittel (IFB) and abbreviate them into shorter abstracts for RRE. We also have a strong team of librarians from our own ranks who provide original reviews for reference resources outside the German-speaking area.
OCLC records 36067642 and 645268622 show that more than 100 libraries around the world hold copies of Reference Reviews Europe, including over 40 in Germany.
Reference Reviews Europe is a terrific opportunity to use our language, subject, and area expertise to make important contributions to the academic library profession. With our professional organization starting a brand new chapter, this is also the time to further our expertise and our presence through Reference Review Europe. Klaus Schreiber, founder and editor of IFB, and his IFB colleagues will continue to provide quality reviews for RREA. Casalini Libri is committed to supporting RREA as a key resource for scholarly information and communication in the humanities in Europe.
With a new future for our two sections and a greatly changed reference universe, we have an excellent opportunity to create a new review journal for Continental European resources--with expanded coverage of digital resources while continuing to bring awareness of print resources to libraries and scholars in North America.
Serving the European humanities through reviewing European reference works has been extremely gratifying, and it has been my privilege to serve as Reference Reviews Europe's chief editor for the past ten years. But it is time for me to step down from this position and make way for new leaders for the digital age.
Therefore I urge you to take up the cause, to step forward to become the new editor -- and assistant editors -- and to use this valuable piece of property for our next decade in our new European-wide library organization.
Michele Casalini and I are planning a discussion session for ALA Annual in Chicago, so please watch the lists for more information. Join us for this "new and improved" venture!
Gordon B. Anderson
Librarian for European Studies, University of Minnesota
Bibliographer for Scandinavian Studies, University of Chicago Library
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