Among Polish library and information science journals, “Przegląd Biblioteczny” [The Library Review] holds a special place. It is the oldest scientific periodical in the field, founded in 1927, and from the very beginning it has attracted the cooperation of the most outstanding scholars and practitioners of Polish librarianship.  It reflects contemporary research trends in library, information and book studies as well as innovative practical solutions in use in Polish libraries. Nowadays it is still the most popular and the most highy-rated Polish research journal in the field of library and information science.

With 2012 marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of “Przegląd Biblioteczny”, we have the opportunity of addressing English-speaking readers who are perhaps not familiar with the kind of articles which our journal publishes. In this special issue we placed the translation of seven articles published between 2005-2010. The articles were selected by the Editorial Council, based on an independent assessment of the most interesting texts published in this period. We hope that this selection of articles on contemporary research in library and information science in Poland will meet the interest of readers. 

CONTENTS

“THE LIBRARY REVIEW” IN THE PAST AND IN THE YEARS 2005-2012: 
AN INTRODUCTION

Barbara Sosińska-Kalata (The Editor-in-Chief)

THE LIBRARY’S ADDED VALUE
Jacek Wojciechowski

RESEARCH LIBRARIES IN POLAND IN SEARCH OF IDENTITY 
Andrzej Mężyński

OLD AND NEW PATHS OF LITERACY
Jadwiga Kołodziejska

ON THE CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH STATUS OF BOOK, LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Krzysztof Migoń 

THE POTENTIAL OF ONLINE LIBRARY CATALOGUES FOR SUPPORTING OPPORTUNISTIC ACQUISITION OF INFORMATION PERTAINING SCHOLARLY LITERATURE
Remigiusz Sapa

THE USE OF OUTSOURCING IN POLISH HIGHER EDUCATION LIBRARIES IN THE LIGHT OF SURVEY RESEARCH
Artur Jazdon

PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE DIGITAL COLLECTION. ISSUES WITH THE DESCRIPTIVE AND SUBJECT CATALOGUING ON THE BASIS OF THE DIGITAL LIBRARY OF THE WARSAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Maria Miller, Małgorzata Wornbard