History of SEES

The Slavic and East European Studies (SEES) group of the European Studies Section is one of the oldest groups of the Association of College and Research Libraries, which is a division of the American Library Association. SEES represents approximately 200 librarians and specialists involved in Slavic and East European studies. In addition to Russia and the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the section is concerned with library service related to the study of the Baltic states (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia), Central Asia and the Caucasus.

SEES came into being in 1963 with the establishment of three committees. In 1990 SEES expanded its focus with the creation of the Committee for the Preservation of Slavic Materials and Special Collections and again in 1998 with the addition of the Electronic Resources Committee. There were three standing committees as SEES merged into ESS: the Access and Preservation Committee, the Slavic Cataloging & Metadata Committee and the Newsletter Editorial Board.