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Innovative technologies will help foreign visitors to orientate in the numerous halls of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. The library will be equipped with Direсtorix™ interactive navigation system in Russian, English, and German.
The most modern technologies were used in building Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library. On May 27, 2009 Direсtorix™ interactive navigation system, designed by Initium company, was installed in the renovated Synod building which houses the new library to make it more convenient for readers.
In September 2009 the Presidential Library will open to the public. Especially for this event, Initium company has upgraded Direсtorix™ interactive navigation system and has added detailed information about every hall in the library, as well as about obtaining a reader’s card. All the information is in three languages: Russian, English, and German.
With the help of Direсtorix™ interactive navigation system readers can study the layout of the library and the description of its halls. Direсtorix™ allows to lay the route to the necessary hall, to understand the peculiarities of the reading room equipment, and to chose the halls that are the most interesting to a particular reader.
Initium company is the leading designer of self-service innovative technology. It works in the fields of usability projects, interface design, design and efficient implementation of interactive systems for a wide audience. The company is also actively developing in the sphere of marketing communications, it creates new media channels and unique systems of customer services.
Initium realizes successful projects in various spheres of business and participates in state programs. Among its clients are: Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Moscow region, VTB24, KIT Finance, Raiffeisen Bank, Nomos Bank, LUKOIL, Mars, Domodedovo airport, Samsung, Miller, Rowenta, etc.
In the company’s portfolio there ia a range of ready decisions: Direсtorix™ interactive navigation system, Know2buy™ new technology in direct sales, and Cars-in-Touch™ modern decision for retail car sales.
Gubernatorial Library, branch of V.G. Belinsky State Regional Research Library in Kaluga, opened on September 14, 2009 in the building of Kaluga region local administration. The basis of the new library is formed with periodicals and prined editions, reference literature and literature on law, as well as books presented to Anatoly Artamonov, Kaluga Region Governer, by creative unions, non-profit and commercial organizations.
Part of the books was donated by “Pushkin Library” non-commercial foundation in support of book publishing, education, and new information technologies (Moscow, Russia). Representatives of the executive authorities became the first readers of these books. In the near future the library will become public. Residents of the region will be able to find information about its stocks through the reference catalog system of V.G. Belinsky State Regional Research Library.
Opening the library, Anatoly Artamonov noted that the event was an important stage in creating a new generation library system in the region.
Source: REGNUM news agency
North-western branch of OAO “Rostelecom” was chosen as Internet provider for Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg. As informed the company’s press-service, Rostelecom had concluded the government contract.
Let us remind that the library was founded in 2007 according to the Presidential Decree, and was opened in May 2009 in the historical Synod building in St. Petersburg.
The mission of the library is to form a united information space, which includes designing and maintaining digital resources.
The library actively supports research works, goes into publishing, organizes international and all-Russian scientific and methodological events devoted to topical problems of Russian history and statehood.
OAO “Rostelecom” is the Russian national telecom operator. It provides services based on its own telecommunication network, the lengh of which is about 150 000 km on the Russian territory.
Library in the form of Moebius band will be built in Kazakhstan. Such world known architects as Sir Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid took part in the tender. It was Karim Masimov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, akim of Astana, and the council of architects, who chose the projects.
Total surface of the building will be 33 000 sq. metres, and there will be a park around the library. The sum of investments in the project is not specified.
According to the architects, the library will serve as a multifunctional intellectual and cultural centre. Its main goal is to get across to the visitors the history of formation and development of independent Kazakhstan, and the role played in this process by Nursultan Nazarbaev.
In 2000 on the basis of M.Yu. Lermontov library they established a Centre of legal information. Five years after, a computer class for teaching computer literacy was organized. At the courses invalids, retired and jobless people can learn to work with Microsoft Word word processor.
“Many people can’t afford to go to computer courses, and in our library we have a charitable action, we hold computer classes for free,” noted Galina Spitsina, librarian of the Centre of legal information of M.Yu. Lermontov Regional Library.
The courses are cut out for people who have only accurately dusted computers before, and have referred the word “mouse” only to animals. However, more skilled users can also gain useful information there, so the great number of volunteers is explicable: to date, 274 people have signed up to the courses.
“We would like to serve everyone, but, unfortunately, the queue is too long and those who have signed up recently may not be able to take the courses this autumn, they will take them a bit later,” Galina Spitsina said.
The schedule of the courses depends on the number of readers who may also need a computer. Now they take new groups every two weeks, and the course itself lasts a week and a half: seven three-hour classes. For Marina Morozova it is a good chance to feel more confident. “With my level of computer literacy, I’m tired of asking students for help,” says the lecturer of a pedagogical university. “Nowadays it’s hard to do without a computer, both at work and in day-to-day life, so I just have to go here. I’m very glad to have signed up for the courses, and would like to thank the administration from the bottom of my heart, cause it’s a very good thing for everyone who needs to learn computer literacy.” In spite of the high demand and limited number of computers (there are only ten of them now) the organizers of the courses enroll all volunteers. To sign up, you should go to the Centre of legal information of M.Yu. Lermontov Regional Library.
Source: Express TV channel
Kaliningrad’s budget provides about 39 million roubles for realization of the departmental special purpose program “The Development of Kaliningrad Centralized Library System for 2009-2011”. The plan is to renew material and technical resources in 15 libraries and to raise them up to professional standards and average level for Russia in three years’ time.
The local authorities believe that in three years the number of readers using municipal libraries will increase by six thousand and will come up to 103.7 thousand in 2011. “Besides, the range of services rendered using electronic devices will broaden significantly. “If there is Internet connection in a library, it increases its information resources manifold, especially taking into consideration the isolation of the Kaliningrad region from the largest Russian publishing houses and information repositaries,” it was said.
According to Elena Alexandrovets, Head, Kaliningrad Centralized Library System, if the program is funded steadily, the libraries of the region will meet all the modern demands in the nearest future.
An unusual and creative strategy to attract young readers was invented in the Centre of Children’s Reading of Akhmed-Zaki Validi National Library of Bashkiria. Librarians decided to accustom children to reading right in the street.
One of the alleys in Mendeleev street turned into a reading room: now you can read books and magazines outdoors in the sun. The library has even become a mini entertainment centre. Children are invited to play draughts, dominoes, to collect jigsaw puzzles, to take part in book quizes.
Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg will open to public on September 1, the Knowledge Day. According to Elena Zhabko, Deputy Director General of the library, all the necessary works for preparing the library to serve the first readers are being carried out.
“We will start to hand out electronic reader’s cards on September 1. Now we are practicing the service technology, we keep scanning documents from the Russian State Archive, Russian National Library, and Russian State Library,” said Zhabko. She mentioned that users will have access to these documents at the library’s site.
The library’s staff is still being formed. New people are employed as new departments open.
According to Elena Zhabko, the library plans to establish an Academic Council which will determine the necessity of digitizing certain materials. The Council will include library and information technologies specialists, lawers, historians. “We plan to hold scientific conferences and educational seminars in multimedia and other halls of the library. As for electronic reading room, containing 64 workplaces, it will soon be ready to serve the first visitors,” she added.
In the library, there are about 38 thousand units of issue. For library acquisition, a unique centre for digitizing and processing of high-value and rare exhibits was established. It isoverseen by a special program complex. In the digital repositary there are over 43 million sample files, and in the operating repositary they process additionally over 2.5 million files. You will be able to gain access to the library’s resources through the site, where a part of the materials will be put. To use to the full the digitalized documents from the unique repositary, you will have to get an electronic reader’s card and to work with the documents directly in the reading rooms of the library. For visitors’ convenience, there are sensor information screens on the different storeys of the library, using which you will be able to choose the necessary room, and the computer will show the right route to it.
Suburban trains in Novosibirsk have turned into libraries. This unusual innivation was added by “Express-Prigorod” (“Express-Suburb”) company to luxury carriages of the suburban trains of the Southern direction. Now such carriages contain a library for travellers.
“Each traveller will be able to spend their time not only with convenience, but also with use. The books for travellers are free. Besides, travellers may take any book they like with them, but they may leave their own book in return, or simply return the book they have taken after reading it,” press-service of the company said.
The company has only one favour to ask of the travellers: to handle the books carefully, amd to return the read ones, if possible.
The last unfinished novel by Vladimir Nabokov will be published in Russia after American and English editions, that will come into the market on November 17, 2009, as Azbooka publishers, holding exclusive rights to publish the book in Russia, informed RIA-Novosti.
According to publishers, the final version of the Russian book title is already chosen: Laura and its Original (The Original of Laura in English version).
Azbooka publishers noted that the title has been agreed upon by the translator Gennady Barabtarlo, editor Andrey Babikov, and the writer’s son Dmitry Nabokov, the owner of The Estate of Vladimir Nabokov international foundation.
The exact date of the appearance of the book will be announced additionally.
The last Nabokov’s novel has a difficult fate: not long before his death in Switzerland in 1977 Vladimir Nabokov asked his wife to burn the novel, but she did not have the heart to do it. After her death it was Dmitry, the Nabokovs’ only son, who had to decide what to do with 138 index cards, on which The Original of Laura was written.
The index cards with the draft of the book (each card contains about 150 words) have been kept in a Swiss bank for over 30 years. In April 2009 the writer’s son announced that the novel would be published.
The mystery of Nabokov’s last book has been agitating researchers’ minds for many years. According to some reports, this book repeats many themes of the writer’s most famous novel Lolita.
According to Dmitry Nabokov, the protagonist of the book is an overweight and not very handsome scholar called Philip Wild, to whose sufferings is added the behaviour of his wife, unfaithful and “wildly promiscuous” Flora. Wild married her only because of the likeness of her appearance to that of a woman he had loved dearly. All the novel Wild ponders his suicide.
Vladimir Nabokov is one of the few writers, who became classical for two literatures. Having emigrated from Russia with his whole family in 1917 and having graduated from Cambridge university, Nabokov lived in Berlin, where he became a famous emigrant writer.
The most well-known Nabokov’s novels in Russian are The Gift, The Defence, and Invitation to a Beheading. After Nazi took power, Nabokov, his wife Vera (Slonim by maiden name), and their son Dmitry had to flee.
Nabokov wrote his first novel in English (The Real Life of Sebastian Knight) in 1938-1939. In 1940 the writer and his family immigrated to the USA. He became world-famous in 1955 after the appearance of his notorious Lolita. Nabokov spent his last years in Montreux, Switzerland.
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