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Privilegesforbooksare proposed

The RF Government might take measures to support bookstores and newspaper kiosks. The appropriate tax reliefs, including zero VAT and permission to write off unsalable products in large scale, and to lower postage rates and subsidies. If the proposals are approved, the market will double in 15 years, book publishers hope.

The RF Ministry for Communications and the Media has developed the draft government decree to support book and printed media trade ("Ъ" News Agency has got a copy of the document) in 2017-2018. In particular, it is proposed to introduce privileged taxation: to lift VAT rates for book publishers and distributors, and to write off, in a larger scale, printed products published and unsold within a year. For distributors, special tariffs for books and periodicals postage and lower insurance deductions to pension fund, social and mandatory medical insurance funds are proposed. Besides, in the Ministry for Communications and the Media, they propose to subsume book advertisement as a public service ads.

The draft also presumes that the Ministry of Culture will provide to attract private investments to establishment of cultural centers. Today, mutifunctional centers are established exclusively by the government and financed through the federal, regional, and, sometimes, municipal budgets, the Ministry of Culture spokesman said, and the possibility for private investments has not been even discussed yet.



Acknowledged experts nominated the best books in the humanities, natural and exact sciences.

On November 16, 2016, the 9-th ceremony of “Prosvetitel” [‘enlightener’] Award Ceremony [the award established by Dmitry Zimin Foundation] was held in the Central House of Literary Workers. Experts nominated the best non-fiction books in Russian in the humanities, natural and exact sciences.

The ceremony gathered prominent scholars, researchers, science popularizes, authors, journalists, literary critics, culturologists, and non-fiction lovers.

Tutta Larsen and Mikhail Zygar hosted the ceremony. They opened it with an ironical note: «These walls witnessed Gorky and Aleksey Tolstoy, Fersman and Perelman, Boris Pasternak, Andrey Sinyavsky and Yury Daniel, to say nothing of many others who were chastised in the Soviet Union though were never read”.

Source: Prosvetitel

The round table in Crimea

Through the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea, the round table “Research activities of the Central Library of the Republic of Crimea” coordinated with the World Science Day was held on the premises of I. Franko Republican Universal Scientific Library.

Ismet Zaatov, Deputy Minister of Culture, in his opening speech, emphasized its importance for scientific community of Crimea.

Svetlana Nemirovich, Republican Library Director, congratulated the attendees with the World Science Day and reviewed the role of the Republican major library in science and education support.

In their speeches, Library’s experts discussed the priority vectors for the Republican Library as a regional information, education, and cultural center to meet the demands of scientific and research community.

Source: ""

The Cabinet discussed the status of Russian libraries

Russian Premier Medvedev held the Cabinet session to discuss the issues of the current state of Russian library system.

The current state of the libraries in Russian regions, and the seven draft federal laws and subsidies to regional budgets were put on the agenda on November 9, 2016.

«The whole world is discussing Donald Trump’s victory in the election in the United States, however we are to start the session with an issue more important to our country – that is the status of our libraries,» — Medvedev said at the opening of the Cabinet meeting.

During the session, Medvedev emphasized that today libraries ceased to be the place where people just borrowed the books. Consequently they are to become “speedy and friendly knowledge navigators, sites for self-fulfillment, and education centers». According to Medvedev, today we witness «some re-orientation of the essence of what the libraries are».

Premier said that the number of public libraries in Russia amounted to 100,000, however their number was decreasing each year. «We have to reflect on the situation and, whenever possible, to improve it,» — Medvedev said. He urged «to preserve all the best of classic, or traditional libraries, while to support them in their adaptation to modern life ».

Medvedev pointed to the necessity to focus «on introduction of universal requirements to library services provision – i. e. on the so-called library standards », and to provide access to speedy Internet for every library which in 2015 was available only to the two-third of country’s libraries.

The second part of his message was focused on the NEL project. «One of the core elements of libraries development is the National Electronic Library project. I have reviewed the project advance – it has been gaining momentum. The goal is to provide electronic access to the contents of libraries, museums, archives, and not only documents in Russian but also in other languages, too. The task is rather ambitious, related with digitization and catalogs systematization, and also to copyright. But we have to do the job. In remote regions these digital reading rooms will be the solution when some information is needed, moreover, today the great bulk of books and journals today are published in limited editions. Today the aggregate collection of documents in the National Electronic Library makes over 1 mln 800 thousand titles, but this is still insufficient,» - Medvedev said.

Source: Russian Association of Electronic Libraries



Putin signed the decree on establishing the Russian Foundation of Culture

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on establishing all-Russian public and state organization “Russian Foundation of Culture”.

On October 31, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Decree “On establishing All-Russian public and state organization ‘Russian Foundation of Culture’”. The Decree has been published at the official presidential www-site

The following Foundation goals are formulated: “Building the environment to motivate population to creative self-fulfillment, preservation of cultural values, revival of cultural traditions, popularization of Russian culture, facilitation of cultural potential of the Russian Federation subjects”.

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will act as the Foundation founder. The organization is to be established with the involvement of citizens and public associations. The Cabinet is authorized to transfer appropriate federal property to the Foundation to provide its accommodation in the city of Moscow and to sign off the procedure of subsidizing, and to draft budget the funding for the next year.

However, there is some confusion about the situation, as the organization under the same name has been existing in Russia since the Soviet era. The said foundation was established as a Soviet Foundation of Culture in 1986 headed by Academician Dmitry Likhachev. Later it was rename to “the Russian Foundation of Culture”, and since 1993, it has been headed by Nikita Mikhalkov. According to its www-site, the Foundation set itself at projects for Russian regions, e.g.exhibitions, kids’ and youth contests. To brighten the situation, we might need to cite Georgy Ivliev, then Deputy Minister of Culture, and today head of ROSPATENT. He said in May, 2015, that the Ministry of Culture and the existing foundation were to establish a new organization following the sample of Russian Society of Military History. Contrastingly, it is to be transformed from non-commercial to public and governmental organization, i.e. to get subsidized from federal budget, which is provided by the Presidential Decree, signed by Vladimir Putin.

Source: Pro-Books

Results of the Annual meeting of directors of Russian federal and central regional libraries – 2016

On October 18, at the Russian State Library Conference Hall, the Annual meeting of directors of Russian federal and central regional libraries started. The participants represented 68 regions of Russia. Heads and experts of federal, national, republican territorial, regional and municipal libraries, university libraries, and libraries of research institutions attended the meeting. Officers of the RF Ministry of Culture, regional departments of culture, publishers, representatives of associations, non-commercial foundations and other organizations also took part.

Vladimir Gnezdilov, Acting Director General of the Russian State Library, opened the plenary session. “It is the twenty third [annual] meeting. The program is drawn up so фы to respond to every challenge the library community faces today”, - he said.

Vladimir Aristarkhov, First Deputy Minister of Culture read the greeting by the RF Ministry of Culture. "The meeting has become the site to determine the role of libraries in the modern society, to discuss libraries’ tasks  n the digital world, to resolve strategic problems of education and mentoring, of cultural heritage preservation. I wish the meeting participants efficient work, and success in preserving and developing Russian librarianship”! – he concluded.

The plenary session appeared to be packed and interesting, and began with the report «News in Library Legislation” delivered by Evgeniya Guseva, Deputy Director of Science and Education Department, library department head. She specified some important statistical data on libraries in Russia, compared them to previous years and made some forecast for the future. Her concluding words report were “I hope that we will honorably represent Its Majesty Knowledge in the modern world”! The audience applauded to her words.

Irina Menshova, Deputy Director of the RF Ministry of Culture Administration Department delivered the report “Independent quality assessment for the services provided by organizations of culture”. I. Menshova reminded the audience the history of the problem of independent assessment, that dated back to the RF Presidential Decree № 597 of May 07, 2012, and invited librarians to “listen to people, to engage them, and to work for them”.

Source: Russian Library Association

Yasnaya Polyana Museum has built Leo Tolstoy’s virtual home

The State Memorial and Nature Preserve “Yasnaya Polyana” Estate Museum has launched the new multimedia project – the virtual reconstruction of the house where, back in 1828, Leo Tolstoy had been born.

In 1864, the house was sold to a neighbor landpwner and in the early 20-th century the ramshackle building was taken to pieces. The only foundation stone engraved «Here stood the house where Leo Tolstoy had been born” remained in Yasnaya Polyana.

The project www-site «House_space» — «is a creative challenge taken to recreate the country house in Yasnaya Polyana based on the writer’s memories».

«There are few his descriptions, mostly fragments gleaned, visualized into the exterior and interior design of the lost premises”, - the project authors say.

Today you can take a virtual tour of nine rooms being accompanied by sound and text descriptions. “For the future - vast and scrupulous work to restore the integrated image of Tolstoy’s home is being planned”.

Source: Colta

The State Duma discussed how to support printed mass media

On October 19, the meeting of the State Duma Committee for Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications headed by Leonid Levin was held

The main topic on the agenda was the discussion of the draft federal law № 1183395-6 «On making change to the Article 16 of the Federal Law «On advertising», initiated by the Russian Federation Government.

Andrey Kashevarov, Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation, advised that “FAS has developed the draft law in the fulfillment of the order of the Russian Federation Government”. He said that “the present economic situation in the media market demands the measures to support printed mass media through additional funding obtained for distributing promotional content”.

A.Kashevarov specified that “the draft law supposes to increase the amount of advertising materials to be distributed through non-advertisement-specialized printed periodicals, up to 45% of an issue. Today, the permitted amount of advertisement makes 40%”. “In fact this would support printed mass media while enable to adhere to consumers interests and to defend them from excessive advertising”, – he said.

Committee member unanimously supported the initiative. Leonid Levin emphasized that “it is necessary to pass the law prior to December 1, 2016, so the mass media could take advantage of this opportunity starting January 1, 2017”.

The deputies also discussed the Committee plans for the next month.

Users of over 250 Moscow libraries will be receiving notifications after October 15

Starting October 15, Moscow municipal libraries will send free SMS-notifications on book return. To receive them, user will have to give the library his/her cell phone number and to register for this service. Several days prior to the return date, the text message will inform him/her that the book is to be returned to the library, or to be renewed. The SMS-notification service will be offered in 9 Moscow administrative districts, namely: Central, Southern, Northern, South-Eastern, South-Western, North-Western, Western, Zelenograd and Novomoskovsk administrative districts. Besides, SMS-mailing will be available for user card holders of Central City Business Library, N. A. Nekrasov Library, A. P. Bogolyubov Art Library, I. S. Turgenev and A. S. Pushkin Library Reading Rooms. By March, 2017 each of 442 Moscow libraries is to provide this service. «If the SMS-notifications become popular, we will consider to inform users on new acquisitions to the collections . It will be comforting to know that a book that costs about 600-700 rubles at book stores, is free and waiting for you at your library”, - said Vladimir Vladimirov, Acting Director General, Cultural Centers Directorate.

He emphasized that SMS-notification was aimed at preservation of library collections. «Books can be lost, or some users forget to return them”, - Vladimir Vladimirov says. – Those library users who will subscribe to the SMS-service, will receive advice of the date when to return the books. This will decrease work load on librarians who will not have to reach those unmindful users”.

Meanwhile, users may choose other notification modes – by phone or email. Users of the libraries where the service has not been implemented yet may leave an application. This will enable to identify libraries where such service is most demanded, and such libraries will be connected on the first priority basis.

According to the new regulations, library books are lent for 30-day period, except the most popular publications and periodicals.


The Branch of Mayakovsky Central City Public Library Branch is open in St. Peterburg

In St. Petersburg, for the first time, the library has been integrated into an ultramodern retail center - Okhta Mall. Here, the branch of V. Mayakovsky Central City Public Library is now open. An appropriate agreement was signed between Finnish SVR concern and the Mayakovsky Library. The initiate was supported by St. Petersburg Committee for Culture. The Library occupies 390 sq. m. within “Okhta Lab” creative space.

The premises is provided by the Okhta Mall developer free-of-charge. The branch of V.Mayakovsky Library will offer lending and reading room services. The collection will embrace the newest fiction publications, children’s books, non-fiction literature; the users will get access to digital databases and periodical collections. The library will join St. Petersburg Corporate Network of Public Libraries, and all those users with valid single user cards can be the library customers. Books lent at the library on the premises of Okhta Lab may be returned at any city library.

Source: "Bibliotechnoye delo "

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