Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Northwest Conference Report
Raymond Pun attended and presented at the REECAS NW: The 24th Annual Northwest Regional Conference on Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies hosted by the University of Washington's Ellison Center on April 28, 2018. This conference brought many academics across disciplines to share and explore different and intersecting themes in area studies (see the program for a list of presentations). The plenary panel featured experts from Korea, Canada and the U.S., discussing the turbulent U.S.-Russia relations from their perspectives. Ray's presentation titled, "Changing Nature of Academic Libraries in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan," was based on his three-week fieldwork in May 2017, funded by Fresno State's Provost Research Award and the Chinese American Libraries Association's Sheila Suen Lai Research Grant, to explore how academic libraries in Post-Soviet states have responded to the global emergence of open access, open educational resources and information literacy in their library services. Ray highly recommends this conference for those interested in learning more about the latest research related to these areas and to connect with scholars who are interested in accessing and preserving various source materials for research ranging from queer comics in Russia to historical city data on Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is a small enough conference where you can actually talk to different scholars and maintain contact with them. He was able to connect with University of Washington's graduate students who were conducting research on zines in Kazakhstan.
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