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The first Internet museum of engravings appeared in Russia. It includes about 200 works by Russian and Soviet artists of late 19 – early 20th centuries. The reproductions have high resolution, which makes it possible to perceive them as if you were in the museum. Besides, the web site contains articles about artists, different engraving techniques, and commentaries to some of the works. project was created by the Russian State Library and Borodin Meat House company. It includes copies of prints held in the Russian State Library and of those collected by Borodin Meat House.
According to the organizers, the main purpose of the Internet museum is to popularize prints of Russian and Soviet school of late 19 – early 20th centuries. For a number of reasons it lacked attention and had been unknown to the public for decades.
Russian and Soviet prints of the 20th century form the basis of the exposition. The cyber halls are divided according to the techniques: there are galleries of calligraphic etchings, woodblock prints, linoleum engravings, etc. Each section includes descriptions, articles on techniques and artists, commentaries to some of the works.
Vitaly Gevorkyan, president of Borodin Meat House company and a well-known collector, called the raise of interest to engravings an input to the development of Russian culture. “This project is unique for our company, because by taking part in it we have an opportunity to show the cooperation of medium-sized business and state, as well as to show the existing mechanisms of cooperation of business and society,” he noted. According to his words, “today we can feel the necessity of such projects very sharply, especially in the upbringing of the young generation, developing its creative potential and culture.” The businessman said that the idea to establish the Internet museum had not come up at the spur of the moment, the project continued logically the company’s social activities, as the company followed the motto “Creativity will save the world” and had supported projects in the sphere of culture and arts for many years.
Elena Eliseeva, art historian in charge of the project, called the choice of digital form for the exposition of engravings the main advantage of the museum. According to her words, “engraving is a serial kind of art, so it is very convenient to show a series of prints, sort of a film, in fact, in the web. And the number of exhibits we can post there is almost unlimited. Lyubov Rodionova, deputy department head, Russian State Library, agrees with her: “As engravings are very vulnerable and cannot stand long exposure, thanks to the web site information we can show even those works that we have to hide from the public so as to save them for the future.”
The project’s authors now have more short-range plans: to invite other galleries and private collections, as well as Russian museums and libraries having collections of engravings, to cooperate with the museum; to make the Internet museum more interactive; to hold actual exhibitions. According to Vitaly Gevorkyan’s words, the project has already aroused interest of private collectors in Russia and America.
Vampires appeared in the National Library of Udmurtia. “Children of night” exhibition is open there till December 9, 2010. The first section of the exhibition - “Darkness-born: vampire genealogy” – acquaints visitors with the most ancient mythical and folklore stories about vampires’ forefathers. The second section – “Vampirism as a metaphor” – is devoted to quadruped and biped, but quite real vampires. They are bats and energy vampires living on human emotions. In the “Vampire chronicles” section the fates of literary vampires are depicted. European poets of the mid-18th century were the first to glorify them. Materials of “Triumph in cinema” section describe movie vampires. In this section you can see discs with popular films about vampires.
Electronic terminals called biblioloxes, where you can return a book to the library, may appear in Moscow. According to Nataliya Zabelina, Director, Moscow City Business Library, a reader will be able to return a book while he/she is in a, say, shopping center, without going to the library.
The terminals will look and function like cashpoints. The reader will be able to identify him/herself in the database and to fulfill the necessary operation with a plastic card, which will be his library card.
Besides, Zabelina quoted the results of a research, according to which Russia is now the sixth most reading country in the world.
Source: “Mayak” radio station
The first glossy magazine with a display for showing video clips was published in Russia. December issue of “Vogue” became the first magazine in Russia to apply video ad technology, and the first in the world paper magazine with a built-in 4.1-inch display (only smaller displays were used before; cf. screen of an iPhone is only 3.5-inch large).
A clip advertising Martini and starring Monica Belucci became the first commercial to be shown in Russia using the new technology. Only a part of the magazine’s circulation (7000 out of 150000 copies) have displays.
“Growing popularity of network mass-media results in decreasing circulation of printed media, advertising becomes less efficient, advertisers turn to electronic mass media. We think that Video-in-Print is an efficient means of successful competition of printed and electronic media. A commercial shown in such form will not go unnoticed,” said Vladimir Rulevsky, managing partner, Americhip Russia and CIS.
Video-in-Print is a thin LCD glued to the page. Dynamic, chip with memory capacity up to 5 clips, and accumulator supporting 45 minutes of video, are all built into the magazine along with the screen. The video clip starts showing when the page is opened – the same principle as in a musical postcard. Using mini USB port, you can charge the accumulator and download the clips from the chip on your computer.
Non/fiction 12th international fair of intellectual literature opens in Moscow today. It is the main event of the year for small publishing houses. As usual, 100 best books of the year will be presented in the Central  House of Artists, where collectors of antique books and vinyl discs will gather.
The writer Petr Vayl died last year, but his new book “Word on the way” will be presented at the 12th Non/fiction fair. It turned out that Vayl’s archives are safe and in perfect order, at present only a part of the archives is published – itinerary from Russia, Armenia, Zakarpatye, Japan, New-York, and Rio with photos from family albums.
On the first working day of the fair a meeting with the new “Big Book” prize-winner Pavel Basinsky will take place, and Olga Slavnikova, “Russian Booker” prize-winner, will present her new novel – “Light head”. It tells the story of a manager who came to the capital from the middle of nowhere and who finds himself in a strange, Kafkaesque situation. Olga Slavnikova said: “A typical representative of pin-striped masses, a complete individualist in new Russian conditions. Now people not only don’t have anything to be friends for, there is nothing to make friendship against, either. My personage tries to be an individualist, but until a certain moment he doesn’t succeed, it happens in the course of the novel.”
“Azbuka” publishing house presents a new three-volume collection of Daniel Harms’ works at the Non/fiction. And a little “OGI” publishing house will present 700-page book of collected poems by Alexander Vvedensky. His verses have not been published for the last 17 years because of copyright problems. Another interesting book presented at the exhibition is Robert Capa’s memoirs published in Russian for the first time. Robert Capa was a legendary cameraman, who was in almost all trouble spots of the first half of the 20th century. He was a friend of Hemingway’s, together with Cartier-Bresson he established the famous “Magnum” photo agency in 1947, and a year later he made a tour round the USSR with the writer John Steinbeck. Now Capa’s memoirs of World War II with about a hundred pictures are published by “Cloudberry” publishing house (St. Petersburg). Alexander Troitsky, representative of the publishing house, says: “This book is like an adventure novel. Capa was a gifted writer, though he didn’t write many texts. His style is exceptionally bright and humane. And it’s a view from the other side. Capa was the only photographer who landed in Normandy with the allies and took pictures there. So the book is interesting both from historical and photographic points of view.”
Another new work in photography field is entitled “Dialogue with photography”. It contains collected interviews with classic, mostly American photographers. The book is published by “Limbus Press” – a small St. Petersburg publishing house, the stand of which at Non/fiction fair occupied only 4 sq. meters. By the way, one of these square meters was free of charge – as a present from the organizers of the fair. To hire a stand for 5 days at the 12th Non/fiction fair costs 70000 roubles, which is considered to be a large sum. For example, “Klassika XXI” (Classics XXI) publishing house, specializing in books on classical music and composers, could not afford it. Now management of “Klassika XXI” accuses Non/fiction of “glamourization”. At the same time, Irina Prokhorova, publisher and member of the council of experts of the fair, complains about general recession at the market of intellectual literature: “The number of cultural publishing houses decreases. There is no reproduction, or its dimensions are less and less. Each new publishing house becomes smaller and smaller, if not becoming a home publisher, then publishing books of very limited circulation. On the whole, the book market is unfortunately in the train of monopolization.”
However, Non/fiction stays in good form: the number of participants does not decrease, almost 30 000 people visited the fair last year. Apart from the publishers, the fair attracts groups playing electronic music and modern artists, as well as classical Russian museums. This year, Moscow Pushkin Museum joined the fair for the first time and exhibited a collection of art catalogs. The fair will be open till the end of the week, and the longest queues at the entrance will be at the weekend, as usual.
Jerusalem Russian library turned 20 – it is a serious anniversary. Famous writers, cultural figures, mayor and administration representatives came to congratulate the library and its director Clara Elbert. The library began with Clara Elbert’s personal collection of 200 books. Nowadays it is the largest Russian-language library abroad.
Elbert’s idea turned out to be successful – the first visitors to the library not only borrowed books, but donated their own ones to the library. Not everyone who immigrated to Israel could keep their books at the new place, and the library became the only way out for those who could not keep their book collections at home. In this way Jerusalem Russian library gradually became on of the largest Russian-language libraries in the world.
The anniversary celebration included several events. On November 11 Lyudmila Ulitskaya, a well-known writer, came to congratulate the library in public, and on November 14 a solemn ceremony took place. Nir Barkat, Jerusalem’s Mayor, took part in the ceremony: he had done a lot to help the library exist and work.
In the stocks of Jerusalem Russian library there are many books on Russian Jews. They are devoted to history, Judaism, relations of Jews and people of other nationalities in Russia, and so on. At the same time the library contains a wide range of Russian classical literature and modern Russian authors. It also has a rich archive of newspapers and magazines published in Israel and earlier in Palestine, issues of all newspapers in Russian since 1990.

Library of the famous Lyceum in Tsarskoye Selo received a hundred books yesterday. Sergey Mironov, Speaker, Federation Council, donated a really unique book to the memorial museum – the first volume of the Lyceum encyclopeadia. It was prepared by the scholars of the All-Russian Pushkin museum.
The glossy-paper book contains not only the history of establishing of the lyceum, but also description of the learning process. There are also articles on students’ and teachers’ everyday life, and over 500 pictures.
According to Sergey Mironov’s words, the encyclopeadia will be informative and interesting not only for scholars, but also for average people, who now have another reason to revisit the Lyceum. A new exposition opened on the second floor of the museum after restoration.. Interiors were renovated, too.
The second volume of the encyclopeadia is being prepared for publication. They want to donate it next autumn, when 200th anniversary of the Lyceum will be celebrated in Pushkin.


A party devoted to Charles de Gaulle’s 110th anniversary will take place in Lipetsk Regional Universal Scientific Library on November 24, 2010.
Guests will learn about Charles de Gaulle’s biography and activities, will see documentaries about political situation in France at that time, and about the personality of the French politician himself. Books and scholarly works dedicated to Charles de Gaulles will also be presented. Besides, the guests will be able to take part in subject quiz.
In eighty years of his life this man managed to become the greatest hero of France after Jeanne of Ark. He had time to rule the country twice, both times coming to power at the peak of national catastrophe and leaving the state with growing economy and increasing international prestige.
The public prosecutor of the Terengul Region sued Mezhposelencheskaya Library. According to the law enforcement authorities, the rights of disabled people were violated in the municipal cultural institution.
In the regional public prosecutor’s office they announced: “In the library stock of Mezhposelencheskaya Library municipal cultural institution there were no publications made in Braille for visually impaired people, and no electronic variants with Braille display and speech generator, adapted for visually impaired people”.
The public prosecutor also sued the local authorities of Terengul urban settlement, as they did not take steps to specially equip traffic lights (visual signal should be duplicated with audio signal) in Terenga settlement at the crossing of Ulyanovskaya and Evstifeeva streets, which is contrary to law regulations
The public prosecutor demands to recognize as illegal the inaction of Mezhposelencheskaya Library municipal cultural institution and the local authorities of Terengul urban settlement and to oblige them to remove the law infringements.

V.Ya. Shishkov Altay Territorial Libray won the first prize in “Libraries for environmental science and awareness” contest.
According to the press-service of the territorial agency on culture and archives, V.Ya. Shishkov Library’s project “Digital representation of “Ecology” information and reference center” was selected the “Best Internet project”.
The contest was organized by the Russian Library Association, Federal Agency on Science and Innovations, Commission on ecological policy and environment protection of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, RNPLS&T, and other scientific libraries.
The aim of the contest was to unite and popularize the experience of libraries, research institutions and higher education institutions in the sphere of raising environment awareness and monitoring information resources. Libraries, structural units of research institutes, departments of higher education institutions, which work with ecological information and are experienced in ensuring availability of the information, took part in the contest.
“Ecology” information and reference center in V.Ya. Shishkov Library was organized in 2004 as the result of work under “Library as a territorial ecological information and reference center” grant given within the framework of “Culture of Russia” federal special-purpose program. The center was established to give information support to research and practice activities, to raise environment awareness and to integrate the territorial ecological information resources by organizing “Ecology” union database as a part of Russian ecological e-resource.


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