Name: Czech Literary Bibliography

Institution: Institute of Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Coordinator: Mgr. Vojtěch Malínek, Ph.D.;


CLB is the key RI for Czech literature, literary culture and related disciplines. Established over 75 years ago, its main task is the processing and continuous development of a set of bibliographic databases mapping Czech (and, selectively, world) literature, as well as its reception in the Czech lands. The excerption scope of CLB ranges from articles in daily newspapers and specialist press, conference proceedings and other types of published works to book volumes and, more recently, online documents and samizdat production. The bibliographic databases of CLB cover the entire period of modern Czech literature, from its origins in the last third of the 18th century to the most recent era, and include approximately 2.3 million records. They are supplemented by a set of smaller knowledge databases on Czech literature and culture (e.g., covering literary figures and literary prizes, etc.). CLB data curation follows best methodological practices and standardised international formats designed to facilitate integration into national and international networks for the exchange of scientific information (e.g.,,, etc.). In terms of quality, quantity and expertise, CLB is a leading institution in the European context and beyond. All CLB data is available to users on an open access and free licence basis. The CLB portfolio, furthermore, includes a number of additional activities for users and partners spanning over a wide range of disciplines and geographical boundaries. CLB is committed to international scholarly communication in conjunction with its co-stewardship of the Bibliographical Data Working Group of DARIAH ERIC (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and the Consortium for Czech Literary Studies CLB actively helps develop and customise software for the presentation and analysis of bibliographical data (VuFind discovery system), as well as quantitative data analysis using advanced computational processing methods (Bibliographical Data Science). While CLB aims to offer resources and expertise beneficial to all, its users are primarily scholars and researchers from adjacent fields (scholarship on a variety of artistic disciplines, including literary and theatre studies, cultural history, philosophy, and national philologies), media professionals and specialists from creative industries, as well as publishing, cultural and education professionals from the Czech Republic and abroad. CLB reaches out to its broad user community via social networks and public engagement lectures. It regularly organises educational courses for university students, including the Hands-On Czech Literary Studies School, and professional conferences and workshops for both national and international audiences. It publishes the Czech Literary Studies newsletter with distribution to both the scholarly and lay public.