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The Library opened in a retail center in Moscow

The mobile point of N. Nekrasov Central Universal Scientific Library opened in Oceania retail center in Moscow West. You can recognize it by giant white chairs as if you are at a kids-loved trick museum that attract kids. All the books are new, just from the publishers’, with many new titles among them.

Most frequently, the users ask whether they can borrow books free of charge, and second to that, whether libraries are still alive.

In August last year, Oceania retail center suggested Nekrasov Library to take part in a feast but in its turn, the Library offered that it establishes a literary corner. It is a new concept for Moscow City while in Britain and the United States, you can find full-scale libraries with large bookshelves, desks, computers, printers, etc., at many retail centers.

Source: Russian Association of Electronic Libraries

Book production in Russia decreased by 2.9% in circulation

According to statistical data, the total pressrun of books and brochures published in Russia in 2016 made 446.274 thousand copies which is by 2.86% less than the previous year.

At the same time, the number of titles published in 2016 increased by 3.93% as compared to those published in 2015 and made 117,076 publications, which means 3.93% increase. In aggregate, 97,000 book titles (94,000 in 2014), and 19,700 brochure titles (18,500 titles in 2014) were published in 2015.

During the last year, 99,411 new titles were released, while the total circulation of the new publications increased by 12% and made 288,268 thousand copies. The number of reprints made 17,600 titles which is more than 2015 indicator by 10% while the total pressrun of reprints decreased almost by 30%, down to 123,200 thousand copies.

In 2016, five hundred and five books with the pressrun of over 100,000 copies (as compared to 684 new titles in 2015) were published. Traditionally, books and brochures with the pressrun up to 500 copies made the largest group (56,000 publications).

EKSMO and AST Publishers lead the publishers’ 2016 rating of the title number (8,385 and 7,198 titles, correspondingly), while Drofa and Prosveshchenie publishing houses are on the top with the total circulation (11,300 and 60,849 thousand copies).

Source: University Books


Most unconventional libraries in Moscow

Many municipal libraries in Moscow have ceased to be just “book depositories” and transformed into whole new spaces with the best characteristics of cultural centers, coworking sites and anticafes. With newly published and rare books on their shelves, they also feature free wi-fi, film demonstrations, lectures, access to musical records, or offer studying modern design practices. These is a TOP-9 of the most unconventional libraries of the capital city.

Russian State Library for Young Adults

Dostoevsky Library

GARAGE Library of Contemporary Arts

Photolibrary at ARTPLAY

S. Eisenstein Library of Cinematic Art

Musical Library

Library of City Stories

Russian State Library for the Blind

A.Gaidar Central City Children’s Library




Seven best technologies developed by MOSGORTEKH contest are to be tested in Moscow

On December 17 & 18, the MOSGORTEKH contest final took place at Deworkacy.Krasnyy Oktjbr coworking center. The innovation projects by young ambitious teams from all over Russia were presented.

Over 380 original projects were submitted, from which the expert jury chose 28 solutions for cities, most promising from the viewpoint of commercialization and implementation,.

28 finalist teams from various Russian cities introduced their projects in the areas of environmental safety, population mobility and transport infrastructure, intellectual resource management systems, new technologies and materials, high-tech retailing, commercial waste utilization and treatment, technologies of financial information platforms and services, to the experts and visitors.

Among the experts are  the contest organizers Moscow Agency for Innovations, and partners, namely ENEL Russia, S&P Capital Foundation, Moscow City Department of Environmental Management and Protection, State Nature Protection Center, QIWI Group, and Russian Technical Society.

Seven teams won the contest, and together with the contest partners, they are to test their innovative solutions in the reality of the city infrastructure. Besides, winners have got free access to Deworkacy.Krasnyy Oktjabr coworking center to refine their solutions.


Seven teams more won special nominations. They also got the chance to refine their projects through the expert support of individual MOSGOTEKH partners who had chosen their solutions.

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The system for acquiring, processing, storing and control of mandatory e-copies of printed publications is established

On January 1, 2017, Russian State Library will start acquiring electronic copies of all this country ‘s printed publications. The system for acquiring, processing, storing and control of mandatory e-copies (MEC) is built of the RSL portal.

On July 3, 2016, amendments to the Federal Law No. 77-FZ of December 9, 1994 “On mandatory copies of documents” were approved to define what a mandatory e-copy is and what the procedure of their provision to the RF Book Chamber and RSL shall be. This is “the digital copy of ready-to-print files reproducing in full information of the document (printed publication), including its text, illustrations and design elements. The printed publication copy in digital form shall be subsumed under the types of mandatory copies».

On January 1, 20017, the Federal Law No. 278 of July 3, 2016 “On making amendments to the “Federal Law No. 77-FZ “On Mandatory copies of documents of December 9, 1994” comes into effect. Now the producers shall provide one copy of their printed publications in digital form, authenticated with electronic signature, to ITAR TASS and the Russian State Library for the persistent storage.

To make mandatory e-copy delivery simple and easy for publishers, MEC acquisition, processing  and control system is established on the RSL portal.

Registered publishers are to use their publisher accounts for loading digital copies into the system.

The www-site will also receive dissertations in digital format in every discipline, including medicine and pharmaceutics, authenticated with qualified electronic signature.

The procedure of using mandatory e-copy is still unclear as it is difficult to balance interests of publishers and readers. The Federal Law defines only MEC storage procedure. Still, itisagreatstrideforward.

Read about other countries’ experiences at www-site of Russian Publishers Association

Source: Russian State Library

Two heads are better than one?


This news disturbs the community: the Ministry of Culture approached the Government with the proposal to support the initiative of the two heads of the National Library of Russia (NLR, St. Petersburg) and Russian State Library (RSL, Moscow), Alexander Visly and Vladimir Gnezdilov, and to unite these libraries.

The heads are seemed to have their reasons for proposing. Firstly, the library collections will cease to duplicate one another, as only one “mandatory copy” will be delivered, which enables to eliminate the deficit of depositary space. Secondly, administrative and operating personnel will decrease which will save approx. 250 mln rubles annually in wages. Secondly, the international status of the united library will increase.

Source: Rossiiskaya gazeta

The  House of National Literatures to be established

President Vladimir Putin authorized the Government of the Russian Federation and Moscow Government to consider the establishment of the House of National Literatures in Moscow.

The Presidential order was published on Kremlin official www-site as a result of the joint meeting of the Council for Culture and Arts and the Council for the Russian Language held on December 2, 2016.

According to the Order, the House of the National Literatures can be established on the basis of M. Gorky Literary Institute [Moscow].

Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin are authorized to investigate into the issue. TheyaretoreportontheresultsbeforeMarch 31, 2017.

Source:Parlamentskaya gazeta

Over 8,000 books by modern authors acquired by Moscow libraries in January

Moscow public libraries are acquiring books awarded literary prizes to their collections/ The Mayor’s Office web-site informs that over 8,000 copies are now available in 441 library reading rooms altogether. Thebooksareplacedonspecialstands.

In every district, “The Fortress” by Peter Aleshkovsky (2016 Russian Booker Laureate), Leonid Yuzefovich’s “The Winter Road”, and “The Aviator” by Evgeny Vodolazkin (2016 Big Book), are added to the library collections, the agency informs.

Altogether, 28 new bestsellers written by prize-winners and laureates of the All-Russian awards, among them, Yasnaya Polyana, National Bestseller, Prosvetite; The Book of the Year prizes.

A foreign author also find a place on the list. Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s book “A strangeness in my mind” can be now also found in Moscow reading rooms. Last year, he was awarded Yasnaya Polyana Prize - ‘For the best foreign book of the 21st century”. Library collections will enroll new items as soon as next year’s nominees and laureates are announced.

Children’s libraries have acquired “The Raven’s kids” by Yulia Yakovleva (Yasnaya Polyana Prize nominee), “You all into the garden” by Masha Rupasova Yakovleva (Yasnaya Polyana Prize nominee), “A cup in English” by Grigory Kruzhkov (Book of the Yeat), “What is Africa?” by Kirill Babaev and Alexandra Arkhangelskaya (Prosvetitel Prize nominee). Other books intended for adult readership have been acquired by universal public and libraries for family reading.

For many years, mainly central municipal libraries had been acquiring new book publications. From now, the books will be distributed between the libraries proportionally. The idea of cooperation between libraries and All-Russian literary contests started up  in 2016. Along with instant collection development, Moscow libraries, together with contests organizers hold presentations, meet-the-aquthor sessions, etc.


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Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications to change website blocking technology

This measure is intended to protect law-abiding resources sharing the Internet-account with a violator.

Russian Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communication (ROSKOMNADZOR) is to get new authority to take decision on the blocking method for every website on blacklist. Today, it is up to Internet providers to determine switch-off method. The change in this practice is expected to protect law-abiding resources sharing the Internet-account (IP-address) with a violator. Appropriate amendments to the law “On information, information technologies and information protection” is prepared by the RF Ministry of Communications and Mass Media.

Vadim Ampelonsky, ROSKOMNADZOR spokesman, told Izvestia, that the draft law is intended to unify standards of access restriction mode and access restriction information.

Today, after information on a website or web-page is judged unlawful, the IP-address is blocked, and website name, web-page address and digital IP-address may be put on the blacklist. However, the Internet architecture allows several websites to use the single IP-address. So the IP-blocking mode often implies automatic blocking of law-abiding websites.


Vadim Ampelonsky says that today Internet-providers choose restriction mode all by themselves: — In many cases they simultaneously block the resources that do not contain forbidden information. The access restriction modes are not always efficient from the viewpoint communication network stability, observance of user rights, and often do not employ new technologies for information distribution on the Internet.”

December 28, 2016

Source: Izvestia


Center for Slavonic culture open in Moscow

Japan Foundation Office, House of Jewish Books, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, American Center,  International Iranology Foundation, and, finally, Francotheque – the first center of French speaking countries opened this summer – … and several other national cultural centers at M.I. Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature are now joined by the Center for Slavonic Cultures.

- About 10,000 books in open access and up to 300,000 books in Slavonic languages in our [Library’s] collections, -  that’s how Vadim Duda, Director, characterized the resources of the Center the day before the center was opened. He demonstrated the slides with outrageous Library’s new interiors: atrium, literary café, theatre, and open-air theatre for summer. The Center will be entirely ‘built in” the Library’s structure.

Source: RG

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