Edward Kasinec is an internationally known Slavic and East European library and resources specialist the, and the Director of the New York Public Library Slavic & Baltic Division.
The Division was established as a Slavic and Baltic vernacular-language collection in 1898, and a number of its exchange partnerships with libraries, universities and research institutes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union date back to this period. The Division currently maintains exchange relationships with approximately 195 institutions.
Languages represented include 13 Slavic languages (Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Belarusan, Slovenian, Macedonian, Serbian or Lusatian, Church Slavonic, Romanian imprints in Cyrillic script), and two Baltic languages (Latvian, Lithuanian). The collection grows through purchase, exchange and gift by some 10,000 items per year.