An AUBG team of Panitza Library employees is working to help create an online catalog connecting libraries and research institutes throughout Bulgaria. The initiative is run by the National Academic Library and Information System (NALIS) Foundation, co-founded by AUBG with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation.
At a conference in Sofia on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, NALIS members presented the foundation's work and discussed ways in which their goal of developing an integrated online library catalog can be achieved. Guest speakers at the event were renowned experts in the field, including David Farriero, 10th archivist of the United States. Other noted speakers included: Marc Daubach, corporate vice president and general manager for Europe of ExLibris; Karen Calhoun, vice president of OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services; Dincho Krastev, executive director of NALIS and director of CL-BAS; and U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria James B. Warlick, Jr.
The NALIS Foundation's main goal is “to contribute to the development of science, education, and culture in Bulgaria.” The foundation was launched in 2009 by AUBG, the Central Library of BAS, and Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski.”
The Panitza Library is largest English-language library in Southeast Europe. Its offerings include 105,000 books, 3,000 reference materials, 300 periodical subscriptions, 15,000 volumes of bound periodicals, 47,000 electronic books, and 25,000 electronic journals. The library’s webpage (www.aubg.bg/library) serves as an access point to all collections, research tools, and services.
The library also offers access to some of the world’s largest online databases, such as EBSCO, JSTOR, Science Direct, ProQuest Central, Columbia International Affairs Online, CEEOL, World Bank databases, and online reference tools, which offer access to thousands of full-text scientific journals and other periodicals. All these titles are conveniently organized and searchable through the Electronic Journals Portal, which allows for simultaneous search in all the databases by title or subject.
Thanks to the wealth of resources, Panitza Library users have the opportunity not only to produce quality work but also to enjoy a quiet and comfortable environment while reading a magazine or organizing a study group in one of the two specially designed study rooms. Apart from terminals, 10 public computers throughout the building, 200 reading spaces, and a study room for students with disabilities serve library patrons. During the school year, the library has extended working hours and is open on weekends.
Story by Sylvia Zareva and Albena Kehayova
Photos by Malin Georgiev