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The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev learned about the activities of the Russian State Library for Young Adults before meeting with the representatives of the Internet resources there.Irina Mikhnova, Director of the library, told the President that the library building was divided in two wings: one for entertainment, and the other for serious study (it contains specialized literature).The Russian State Library for Young Adults is the largest library for youth in Russia. It holds about 1 million books, 2 thousand multimedia editions, 70 thousand gramophone records.First of all, the President was shown into the Hall of Rare Books where old publications are kept. Library users are allowed to page through these books, to touch them, as the library director said.“Nothing can beat the feel of a rare book in your hands,” said Medvedev.The President was told that the rare books kept in the library are being digitized. He answered that people got different feelings from digitized information and from books. The library staff also showed old comic strips to the President. The director noted that these publications allowed to understand the connection between modern culture and old literature, which was important for young people. Besides, the library is open not only for young people, but for users of any age, Tatyana Mikhnova said.“If I come, will you let me subscribe to the library?” wondered the President.“It is open for everyone, even if you are 102 years old, you can come here,” the director answered.Medvedev also saw the room with the e-collection. There are both printed books and digitized data there, as well as several computers using which patrons can receive access to the electronic library collection. Besides, the library director said that there is free WiFi for users everywhere in the library building.The President also saw the room with comic strips, reference books, and audiofilms. After that Medvedev went to the other wing of the library building, which stores resources for serious study. There the library staff showed the President how to use the e-catalog so as to find the necessary book and to print out a card with information about the place where the book is kept.Source: www.rian.ru
 It is planned to spend about 85 million roubles on the completion of interuniversity library building in Izhevsk (Udmurtia), which will be able to stock 900 thousand books. The building was started 11 years ago and not finished because of the lack of funding, as informed the press service of the President and Government of Udmurtia on 13 April, quoting Andrey Fursenko, RF Minister of Education and Science.The building of the interuniversity library on the territory of Udmurt State University began in Izhevsk in 2000. The library is to become the largest in Udmurtia and Volga Federal District, holding 900 thousand copies and covering 14 thousand sq. meters. Students of the largest republican universities will be able to use the library. Most of its services will be automated.On 12 April Andrey Fursenko ordered to assign 85 million roubles on completion of the interuniversity library building in Izhevsk (Udmurtia), thus fulfilling the Presidential order given by Dmitry Medvedev during his meeting with Alexander Volkov, Head of Udmurtia, on February 7, 2011.According to the press service, only a few million a year have been spent on the building from the start, so the completion time is constantly being put off.“The money of the Ministry of Education will serve for installing power supply and building services in the library, roofwork, for fixing windows and doors. The so-called thermal framework will be made,” said Valery Efimov, Vice-Rector of the Udmurt State University for capital building.

 Now libraries will provide not only access to the National Library Resource, but also other novelties.

Modern children read less and less. They prefer sophisticated gadgets and computer games. The staff of A.P. Gaydar Children’s Library decided to make an experiment and hired a new employee – a robot called Ghek. Now he occupies an important post of an interactive librarian. It is his duty to guide excursions and be in charge of parties, to promote reading among children and to help them choose the right book. Ghek has another important function: he can serve as eyes for visually impaired children. Now they can read books, communicate with specialists and make friends with other kids in the web.“Modern children require more than simple communication. They need some gadgets. Our children are more sophisticated than our generation,” noted Tatyana Kalashnikova, librarian.While Ghek is trained in identifying books and helping specialists, the city Business Library uses a local “railway” to help its staff. The railway goes through the depository and reading room. Librarians don’t have to carry heaps of books. They just put them in a special little carriage which delivers the package to the addressee. And this is not the only technical innovation in the library.Biblioloxes can also save much time. They resemble ATM, only they dispense not money but a more valuable “currency” – a book that can be previously ordered on the library’s web site. Users will also be able to return books through biblioloxes.“The advantage of a bibliolox is in its mobility, it can be installed in any shopping mall”, says Nataliya Zabelina, Director, Moscow City Business Library. All these innovations are certainly an important step towards modernization. However, they are scarce. If libraries ever turn into modern cultural and educational centers in our country, will reading become more popular than other entertainments, and will we become the most reading nation in the world once more?

Source: Kultura TV channel

Dear colleagues, 

The Russian State Library is happy to invite you to take part in the “Rumyantsev Readings 2011” international scientific conference. Its topic is “Libraries and academic communities: cooperation and mutual influence”.

rumchtenlogo.gifThe conference purpose in 2011 is to assist the development of partnership between cultural and scientific institutions with a view to furthering innovative activities. The Rumyantsev Readings will be held on April 19 – 21, 2011.

The conference will consist of a plenary session, sections and round tables.

We invite professionals from libraries, museums, archives, research institutions, publishing houses, non-profit organizations and state structures to take part in the Rumyantsev Readings.

Dear colleagues and partners, 

You are welcome to take part in the All-Russian Library Congress: the XVIth Annual Conference of the Russian Library Association (RLA). It will be held in Tyumen, Russian Library Capital 2011, on May 22 – 27, 2011.

i66n.jpgAnnual Conference of the Russian Library Association, which gained the status of the All-Russian Library Congress in 2007, is the largest forum of Russian library professionals, both in terms of the number of participants and the range of discussed problems of modern library activity. That is why the city hosting the conference is called the Library Capital of the Year. Representatives of any library or library partner may take part in the conference, irrespective of their membership in RLA.

Tyumen is the administrative center of the Tyumen Region, and a large industrial, scientific, cultural and sports center. It also has good transport connections with other Russian regions.

Topic of the All-Russian Library Congress 2011 is “Russian library community: goals and prospects”. Beside topical questions of library activity, the conference will focus on the key problems of library community development in Russia.

RLA plans to discuss and adopt some important documents at the congress, including “Priorities of RLA development in 2010 – 2015” and a new version of “Professional Ethics Code of a Russian Librarian”.

Arrival dates: May 21 – 22, 2011. Departure dates: May 27 – 28, 2011. The main professional events will be held on May 23 – 26, 2011.

Conference language: Russian.

You can register for the conference up to April 10, 2011.

Dear colleagues, 

A regular interregional research and practice conference on e-resources and information technologies in libraries will be arranged by the State Public Scientific Technical Library of SB RAS on the 28314original.jpgpremises of the National Library of the Republic of Buryatia (Ulan-Ude City). The conference will be held on September 26 – 30, 2011. You are welcome to participate in it.

The conference purpose is to thoroughly discuss the problems of information and library activities in the Siberian Region.

The following topics are on the agenda:

 

 

 

-                              promising development trends for the library information sphere, based on e-resources and e-technologies.

-                             information literacy as a condition of general access to information

-                             IT platforms and IT infrastructure used in libraries and information centers, their efficiency.

-                             state-of-the-art library products and services based on IT technologies and web services. E-libraries.

-                             the issues of training, retraining and attracting IT personnel to libraries. The future of library profession.

-                             modern forms of interlibrary cooperation.

-                             information technologies for accessing and keeping the cultural heritage.

-                             automated library information systems: modern stage of development and application.

-                             library and the “e-city”

-                             libraries and developing access to legal and socially important information.

At the conference, there will be poster sessions, master classes, professional excursions around the library, fairs of professional publications, trips around Ulan-Ude and its outskirts.

 

Dear colleagues, 

Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library is happy to invite you to take part in the “Electronic legislation: access to normative legal information in the electronic form” research and practice conference. It will take place on April 14, 2011 in St. Petersburg. The exact address: 3 Senate Square, St. Petersburg. Participants can register from 10.00 till 11.00 am, the conference opens at 11.00 am.

confa.jpgThe conference is held according to the “Strategy of information society development in the Russian Federation” with the aim of ensuring greater accessibility of legal information for the population and raising efficiency of the state administration.Among the conference participants there will be: research workers, managers and employees of state authority bodies, legal information centers and cultural, scientific, and educational institutions, as well as specialists in legal information systems development, developers of legal reference systems, and publishers specializing in legal matters.The conference will be broadcast in the web on the Presidential Library’s portal. You can also participate in it in video-conference mode. Proceedings of the conference will be published later.
Dear colleagues, E-resources in information and telecommunication environment: legal basis for acquisition, storage, and access” scientific conference will be held in the Russian State Library on April 14, 2011.  photoplacersl.jpgPreliminary agenda:  typological characteristics and classification peculiarities of e-documents in library legislation;  e-documents in data telecommunication networks and regulatory requirements for them in legislation on legal deposit;   traditional and e-resources interacting in the systems of acquisition and storage of federal obligatory copies, obligatory copies of constituent entities of the Russian Federation and of municipal entities.Workgroup on the improvement of library bibliographic legislation of the Public Committee for the Assistance to Russian Libraries Development and the Russian State Library invite you to take part in the conference. Proceedings of the conference will be published
Dear colleagues, 

Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library is happy to invite you to take part in the “Electronic legislation: access to normative legal information in the electronic form” research and practice conference. It will take place on April 14, 2011 in St. Petersburg. The exact address: 3 Senate Square, St. Petersburg. Participants can register from 10.00 till 11.00 am, the conference opens at 11.00 am.

confa.jpgThe conference is held according to the “Strategy of information society development in the Russian Federation” with the aim of ensuring greater accessibility of legal information for the population and raising efficiency of the state administration.Among the conference participants there will be: research workers, managers and employees of state authority bodies, legal information centers and cultural, scientific, and educational institutions, as well as specialists in legal information systems development, developers of legal reference systems, and publishers specializing in legal matters.The conference will be broadcast in the web on the Presidential Library’s portal. You can also participate in it in video-conference mode. Proceedings of the conference will be published later.
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Fire-fighters have started to close libraries in the Urals, because the State Fire Control Service found gross violations of fire safety there.

One of the first towns to be left without libraries was Revda. Press service of the local city court announced that on March 23, 2011 it was decided to close A.P. Gaydar Central Children’s Library and P.P. Bazhov Children’s Library for a month because of infringements on fire safety regulations. There were no warning systems, no fire alarm systems or emergency exits in libraries’ buildings.“In fact, there have been almost no activities in P.P. Bazhov Children’s Library lately,” admitted Nadezhda Shchenova, Director of the Centralized Library System, “We focused on the Central Library, as we were going to remove it to another building. It is easier than to equip the ground floor of an apartment block according to all safety regulations. We have found a suitable building on 24 Gorky Str., and planned to open the library there in December, after the necessary repair and refurbishment”.However, the court supported the firemen and suspended the work of both libraries. This means that now there is only one children’s library open in Revda – S.Ya. Marshak Library. Meanwhile, libraries in Kamensk-Uralsky are also under threat of being closed on a mass scale.At present, the court examines reports about nine objects, made by the State Fire Control Service. The court session planned for March 29, 2011 will decide further position of the library collections. For these other nine libraries, the reports were also caused by violations of fire safety regulations: the libraries were not equipped with automated fire alarms systems, and there were no emergency exits.Source: www.nr2.ru

 

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