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About 100 publishers from 40 countries will take part in the 19th International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba. Russia will be the guest of honour. The book fair will take place from February 11 to February 21 on the territory of an ancient San Carlos de la Cabaña castle in Havana.
Russia will be represented by 63 publishers that will present 3.5 thousand editions of different genres and on various topics. Besides, a large Russian delegation headed by Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will arrive in Havana.
According to Mikhail Camynin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cuba, one of the goals of Russian participation in the book fair is to regain the positions of the Russian language in the Carribean country. He reminded the journalists of the fact that Soviet editions were very popular in Cuba in Soviet times. Earlier he had noticed that our country’s participation in the book fair will enable Cuban public to learn more about Russian culture and will serve to strengthen intercommunication betrween the two countries.
Russian exposition will be held in three pavillions, total surface of which exceeds 430 sq. metres. A large group of Russian writers, scientists, politicians, and musicians will come to the book fair. There will be literary contests, and documentaries about Russia will be shown. After the exposition in Havana Russian book fairs will be held in different Cuban cities.
The largest book in the world will be shown to the public for the first time in 350 years. Atlas, the height of which is 6 feet, was presented in 1660 to Charles II by Johannes Klencke, Dutch merchant, in honour of the restoration of monarchy. The so-called Klencke Atlas, including 39 maps, is one of the main exhibits at the “Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art” exposition in the British Library.
Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library (St. Petersburg, Russia) will connect higher education institutions of all Russia. St. Petersburg Rectors’ Council discussed this ambitious project at its off-site meeting, which for the first time took place in this library.
Managers of the Presidential Library proposed a new program: to unite lecturers and students from all regions of the country in on-line communication, using the unique facilities of the library. The proposal was discussed and adopted at once.
The name of the program is “Territories of the Russian Federation”. It implies distance education (including education for disabled people), all-Russian on-line academic competitions for students and college applicants, advanced training for lecturers, teleconferences – in short, a large scale of activities that will unite lecturers and students of the whole country. For instance, young people of one region will be able to get to know the way of life of their peers living thousands of kilometres away from them. “So that students knew and loved not only their region,” Vladimir Vasiliev, Chairman, St. Petersburg Rectors’ Council, noted, “So that they got the idea of a region in which they might work one day”.
The way the program will work in practice was shown perfectly on January 27, when an on-line conference between St. Petersburg and Tyumen was held. The “training flight”, as it was called by its organizers in St. Petersburg, went smoothly, and colleagues from the two regions communicated looking into their displays. Plans for the nearest future were stated at the same time: digital reading rooms would appear in all higher education institutions, so that students and lecturers could get access to information resources of the Presidential Library. And as Russian higher education institutions have their own book and document collections, some containing unique editions, they will share them with the Presidential Library. Colleagues from St. Petersburg will help digitalize the documents.
On December 16, 2009 Outstanding scientists in the fields of education and information were decorated with federal awards in the hall of the Board of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
Among them, Yakov Shrayberg, Ph. D. in technical sciences, Director General, RNPLS&T, was awarded Order of Honour and Mikhail Goncharov, Director, Internet Technologies Development and Maintenance Center, RNPLS&T, was awarded Medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the II Degree. Vladimir Fridlyanov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, handed the awards.
The British are known for their eccentricity, and they keep astonishing us. The residents of a small town of Westbury Sub Mandip (Somersetshire, UK) bought a phone booth off British Telecom for a token payment of 1 pound and turned it into a library, containing about 100 books and also discs.
There are no librarians or reader’s record cards - the organizers of the library depend on readers’ consciousness. Readers simply return the book they have read and take a new one. The booth-library is opened 24/7. It is interesting to know that at night there is light on at the library especially for those who are fond of reading at night.
An Italian cultural centre will open in Novosibirsk State Regional Research Library on November 11, 2009.
According to the library staff, at present in the stocks there are 40 000 copies of editions in 29 foreign languages, including Italian.
Nowadays in the structure of the Department of International Communications and Foreign Literature of Novosibirsk State Regional Research Library there is German Reading Hall, American Information and Cultural Centre, Modern English Literature Hall, and Romanic Hall. Romanic Hall, organized in 2002 as an information and communication centre for those interested in French, Spanish and Italian culture, holds a collection of literature in Italian. And since 2007 a club for communication in Italian has been running. It is headed by Beatrice Urbani, the Italian language teacher and cultural projects coordinator. In the club, you can listen to lectures in Italian and watch films in Italian.
Recently, the library has become a ground for various educational and cultural programs thanks to its cooperation with the Agency for Cultural-Social Service MAKSORA. The visit of Signor Di Mauro, Director, Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow, to the library on April 9, 2009 became crucial for organizing the Italian cultural centre. Organizing the centre is a new stage of developing cooperation with Italian partners, aimed at promoting information about Italian culture, at cultural and spiritual development of the residents of the city and region.
Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow and Agency for Cultural-Social Service MAKSORA in Novosibirsk support the work of the Italian cultural centre within the framework of trilateral association agreement. The Italian cultural centre has already received books in Italian on Italian culture and art from the named institutions.
All-Russian Library Census will be organized in 2010 by librarians themselves. According to Andrey Busygin, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, this will be a short-time activity not involving large amount of money.
The project of a library census has been discussed since 2007. It will be the first census in over two decades. The last figures known show that there are 130 000 libraries in the country, 37 000 of which belong to the cultural sphere.
On October 26 Andrey Busygin said to journalists that in 2010 470 million roubles would be alloted to new libraries, including second stage development of the new building of the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg and libraries in Petrozavodsk, Buryatia, Chuvashia, and other regions.
A book fest named “Remember in order to Live”and devoted to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was held in Strastnoy boulevard in the centre of Moscow. It was organized by A.P. Bogolyubov Art Library with the assistance of Moscow Military District, UNESCO Teleclub, and Telecommunications and Mass Media Committee of the Moscow Department of Culture.
The official opening of the fest took place near the monument to Sergey Rakhmaninov.
Inna Svyatenko, Moscow City Duma Deputy, noted the importance of books, especially patriotic ones, for military men and expressed gratitude to Veteran Councils, which took an active part in the fest. “That’s the spirit!” was the wish to the veterans.
Everyone present at the fest got presents: books and food – boiled buckwheat with tinned stewed meat and tea – cooked at the field kitchen of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia. At the stands of Moscow publishing houses you could buy books cheaper than in a bookshop. You could also subscribe to A.P. Bogolyubov Art Library and A.P. Chekhov Library, situated at the end of Strastnoy boulevard.
Before the fest all the guests and participants were asked to bring books that will serve to form the libraries on board the ships of the Russian Navy, which are at the far-away boundaries of our country. Moskovites and guests from other cities brought books with them, Moscow libraries also sent books. In this respect, the veterans offered a good example: they both brought books and made speeches addressed to the young. This is crucial now when some people are willing to rewrite history and to bring to nought the role of Soviet people in the victory over nazism. Soviet people, who did not know the word “tolerance”, so popular now, still lived peacefully side by side with peple of various nationalities. To know all the truth about the war, you have to read books, including the books written by those who fought in the battles of that war. You have to know and remember in order to live.
The fest continued till the evening: there was music, songs, and poetry read and performed by professionals and young artists.
Source: Literaturnaya Gazeta
In Penza LIS education will be discussed at the All-Russian round table. The round table will take place on October 10-11, 2009 in the Penza region. Leading specialists in library science from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Kazan, Cheboksary, Voronezh, Tambov, Ryazan, Ufa, Ulyanovsk, and Bryansk will take part in it.
The round table is organized by The Ministry of Culture and Archive of the Penza region in cooperation with the Russian Library Association (“Central Libraries of Consituent Territories of the Russian Federation” section).
The main theme of the meeting of librarians from the whole Russia is “Methodological Service: New Vector of Development”. Press service of the Regional Government informs that such issues as: library specialists’ lifelong education, research work concerning current issues and the problems of library HR potential, development and support of librarians’ creative initiatives, publishing methodological works will be discussed at the meeting.
Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda - Penza
Moscow City Duma has adopted a law broadening the range of free services of Moscow libraries. From now on it will be free to use electronic resources and to find necessary information in reference-retrieval sources. Special clauses of the law guarantee library services to Moskovites with disabilities.
The new law has officially stated the terms which are used actively in practice: Moscow state public library, central municipal library, Moscow library network, Moscow depository.
Libraries of educational institutions has for the first time become full members of the metropolitan library system.
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