Annual Report 1997
CSD is the official local partner of the US Sabre Foundation. Since 1991, CSD has acted as Sabre's clearing house in Bulgaria and has assisted in the selection and distribution of 14 separate book shipments. Over 9,500 titles in economics, technical and humanitarian sciences, and medicine have been donated to various libraries, research institutes, hospitals, government agencies, schools, and individuals. In this process CSD is responsible mainly for the selection of titles and the quantity of books requested. The Open Society Foundation assists the distribution.
The latest shipment was received at CSD in October 1997. This donation was sponsored by the Open Society Foundation which covered the transportation expenses. It consists of 20,000 specialized publications and is valued at over one million US dollars. The titles in this donation were selected in consultation with leading specialists from the national library coordination council who requested specific titles for distribution to various libraries countrywide.
An exhibition of books donated to the National University Hospital 'Tsaritsa Joanna' was shown in December. This donation includes over 200 specialized medical titles valued at over 20,000 US dollars. In 1998 donations will be made to the National Public Library, Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski', Medical Academy - Sofia, medical institutes and schools of higher education as well as to public libraries across the country.
"The medical books we receive from the Center for the Study of Democracy are invaluable contribution to the library of the National University Hospital 'Tsaritsa Joanna'. They help enhance the skills and competence of our specialists."
Dr. Plamen Kenarov,
Medical Director National University Hospital
'Tsaritsa Joanna' - Sofia
"In the difficult conditions, and severe financial constraints, under which Bulgarian medical doctors work it becomes almost impossible for us to keep abreast with professional developments in our field. The book donation initiative of your Center has been invaluable in this respect."
Dr. Ivan Gerdjikov,
Director, St Ivan Rilski
Psychiatric Hospital - Novi Iskar
"In 1996 we received from your Center a number of books donated by the Sabre Foundation. This literature is extremely valuable for us. Neither our non-profit organization nor the clinical hospital could have afforded the books without your assistance."
Dr. Konstantin Troshev,
Association for Thermo Injuries and Plastic Surgery - Varna