In Volume 63, Library Trends published a pair of special issues which examined the state of libraries in Eastern Europe 25 years after the end of Communism. Guest edited by Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, the articles in the issues took a comprehensive look at the difficulties faced by libraries after the Berlin Wall came down. Articles from librarians in around two dozen countries were spread across the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 issues. Anghelescu joined us for a two-part podcast on the special topic. Part 1 focuses on the challenges in putting together such an ambitious journal project.