10 February 2021 was a very special day in the history of Linguistic Bibliography. On that date, the total number of records in its electronic edition, Linguistic Bibliography Online, was expected to pass the 500,000 mark. We are also happy to report that the 2019 volume of Linguistic Bibliography was published on schedule in September 2020, in a giant volume containing 1,600 pages. In 2020 Linguistic Bibliography Online grew at its fastest pace ever, with a record 24,746 new records added. A total of 54 new journals were added to the list of periodicals covered. The database was enhanced with 227 new language keywords and 97 new subject keywords.
In 2020 we said goodbye to four LB contributors: Astrid Menz (Turkic), Sara Petrollino (African languages), Heather Bliss (North American indigenous languages), and Joan Julià-Muné (Catalan). We would like to thank them for their contribution, and wish them good luck in their future endeavors. During the year we also welcomed nine new contributors: Nina van der Vlugt (African languages), Luigi Andriani (Italo-Romance), Chantale Cenerini (North American indigenous languages), Natia Dundua (Georgian), Ferdinan Okki Kurniawan (Indonesian), Ivan N. Petrov & Agata Kawecka (Church Slavonic, Montenegrin, Croatian), Anna Stefan (Slovenian), and Hankyul Kim (Korean). We are happy to have them in our growing international team of contributors, and wish them good luck in their work.
The past year has seen the beginning of our work on a major new project, the retro-digitization of the early volumes of Linguistic Bibliography, covering the years 1939-1992. The retro-digitized volumes will undergo optical character recognition (OCR) to turn them into texts, which will then be broken down to individual records and turned into a database. When the work is completed in 2024, this additional database consisting of more than 500,000 records will be made available in open access, thanks to the generous support of the Stichting Bibliographie Linguistique.
Uri Tadmor, on behalf of the Linguistics Bibliography team: Anne Aarssen, René Genis, and Eline van der Veken