From W. Klotz, Central and Eastern European Online Library (msg in SPARC-ML):
“We are very pleased to inform you about the latest development of the Central and Eastern European Online Library (C.E.E.O.L.). The library provides access to scholarly and cultural periodicals from Central and Eastern Europe via a consolidated portal on the Internet.
The covered subjects of the library include humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on social and political studies, as well as history – a subject that has especially developed during the last year.
In the last four months 17 new titles have been added. The new titles bring up to 220 the number of Central and Eastern European periodicals offered by our online library in full text PDF format. Since one year every week at least one new editor or periodical joined the network and we are confident of the future sustainability of this development.
It had been one of our main targets during 2005 to balance the originally strong focus of C.E.E.O.L. on South-Eastern Europe. Today more than 25 periodicals from Poland, 14 from the Czech Republic as well as numerous Baltic journals are accessible via C.E.E.O.L.
As far as we can overview the Internet in matters of scholarly resources from Central Europe, C.E.E.O.L. has become the most comprehensive source of information and content. Actually 11 American/Canadian and 10 European universities have subscribed to our library.
Last week the European Commission launched its project of a “European Digital Library”, designed as the “European flagship initiative” to answer the digitization project of Google (i.e. “America”). C.E.E.O.L. on its part started a cooperation with Google scholar to get all the documents of our library full-text indexed and searchable via Google Scholar in very near future.
For us a digital library should be considered as “European” or “American” just based on its content and not regarding the origin of the initiators. Thus C.E.E.O.L. in fact is a Central European library, yet it is done for readers all over the world.”