The space of knowledge and opportunities
Irina Mikhnova, Director of Russian State Library for Young Adults, speculates on the role of the libraries for the young in the modern world.
The 2017 Night at the Library action is finished. As in the previous years, various social groups came to public libraries (over 38,000 in Russia) – young and senior citizens, those living in big cities and in the country, passionate readers and those who had not turned a page for a long time… Again we get the chance to see that libraries are still in demand.
In the recent years, state authorities have been demonstrating their sincere interest towards libraries (sometimes making attempts “to optimize” culture funding, and sometimes upgrading and building new libraries), as well as mass media keeping calling libraries, though quite sympathetically, “book depositaries’, or public figures occasionally defending a library. Finally, those people who are not users themselves, send their children and grandchildren to libraries.
For the recent 10 years, my professional interest focus on the libraries for young adults, teenagers, children’s and combined libraries. During the Soviet era, there were a lot of such libraries in the country. In 1990ies and 2000s, the national policy [in the field] was just under formation and the libraries went through hard times when the authorities and society did not pay much attention to their very existence.
Today, it is accepted that the role of young people in building to aggregate human capital of the country is too high to ignore it.
In many cities, new libraries for young adults are being established - the population needs them, and local authorities satisfy this demand. Even the “adult” libraries allot space, resources and organize activities to attract young users.
The very fact, that decision-making government officials often do not understand the specific character of this age group of users (14 to 30 year old) impacts negatively on the advance or even existence of such libraries. Still, the young people have been conquering library space: thanking to or in spite of circumstances. Ten years ago, the Russian State Library for Yong Adults had 40 user visitors a day, and now, after it was modernized, it welcomes up to 800 people a day, and up to 1,200 people during the exams.
The Total Dictation
Over 200,000 people took part in the action this year. The Russian words for “cognac” and “sterlet” appeared to be the most difficult words for spelling.
The organizers estimated over 200,234 people turned out for the event. The total control dictation was written in 71 world states, 858 cities and towns at 3,008 sites. Over 600 localities in Russia joined, with 20,150 participants in Moscow, 7,184 in St. Petersburg, and 6,930 in Novosibirsk.
Overseas, the Total Dictation took place in 258 cities with 18,000 participants. Among them, Tallinn (Estonia) holds the top place with 2,973 Russian language fans that gathered at Tondiraba Ice Hall, followed by Lugansk (945) and Pavlodar (827). In the total number of participants, Estonia and Kazakhstan hold the leading places (3,484 and 2,403 accordingly). For the first time, the Total Dictation was also held in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Iceland.
Up to 23,000 people took the dictation online. The text about the city of Ulan-Ude was particularly a success, with over 12,000 people having watched it. Altogether, the action attracted online up to 90,000 spectators.
Source:2017 Year of Literature
The future of libraries to be discussed at M. I. Rudomino State Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow
Within the framework the RF Ministry’s of Culture federal program “Development of culture and tourism” for 2013-2020, the official visit of Mrs Donna Scheeder, President of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), to the Russian Federation will take place on April 17-22, 2017. M. I. Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature has initiated and organized her visit.
Rudomino Library is to organize Donna Scheeder’s meetings with top managers of Russian largest libraries, i.e. Russian State Library, The National Library of Russia, Russian State Library for the Young Adults, etc. This is to facilitate integration of Russian library community into IFLA activities and increase of Russian librarians’ status on the global stage.
Within the framework of the visit of the President of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the foresight-session “Shaping the future for libraries” will take place on April 20, 2017 at 9.30 am in the Library for Foreign Literature Oval Hall (6 Nikoloyamskaya st.). Invited are: The RF Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Mikhail Shvydkoy, Presidential envoy for international cultural cooperation, Yakov Shrayberg, President of the National Library Association “Libraries of the Future”, Vladimir Firsov, President of the Russian Library Association, Alexander Visly, Director General of the National Library of Russia, Vladimir Gnezdilov, Acting Director of the Russian State Library, Alexander Vershinin, Director of B. Yeltsin Presidential Library, and others.
The participants are to discuss the issues of the state authorities-modern libraries interaction, consolidation of the libraries nationally and internationally, and professional competences of librarians of the future.
Russian research centers are awarded medals for innovations at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions in Switzerland
Russian research centers and universities are awarded medals at the 45-th Salon International des Inventions de Geneve – 2017, the RF Ministry’s for Education and Science Press Service informs.
Innovative products were distinguished with nine gold, six silver and four bronze medals, and fifteen prizes of international organizations and foreign delegations at the 45-th Salon International des Inventions de Geneve, held on March 29 — April 2, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The exhibition is held annually since 1972 and is considered to be one of the most important events in the world of inventions and new technology. Its goal is to facilitate intellectual property market, industrial implementation of innovations and contacts between inventors and investors.
This year 720 participants represented 40 world states. China, Thailand, France, Italy, Malaysia, Switzerland, Iran, Spain and Russia presented the most conceptual and impressive displays. The top standard of exhibits, the widest geographical coverage attracted attention of investors, businessmen, and experts.
Russian House of International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Association formed the display of 19 innovative products designed by eight national research centers and universities, including St. Petersburg Mining University, South Western State University, and the Southern Federal University.
Source: Ministry of Education and Science
The RF Minister of Education and Science opened the rare books and collections reading room at Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Minister Olga Vasilyeva attended the forum “Arctic: Territory of Dialogue” and visited the Intellectual Center — E. I. Ovsyankin Scientific Library.
The NAFY reading room of rare book collections numbers approx. 18,000 items. Thecollectionlargestpartismadeofthebookspublishedbefore 1940. Olga Vasilyeva cut the ribbon at the opening of the new reading room on March 29.
Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, attended the opening ceremony. He emphasized that rare books being the national treasure should be open for public access and use.
These publications must be accessible not only for university students and professors but also for every citizen of the country, Yakov Shrayberg said.
Andrey Repnevsky, Ph.D. in History, NAFU Professor, local historian, said that the new reading room would help students and professors to find “clean” sources of information.
Source: Pravda Severa
The Russian Booker Prize
The Russian Booker literary prize is found to be on the verge of extinction due to underfunding, the Organizing Committee informs.
Traditionally, the Contest Organizing Committee announces the contest terms for the current year in March. However, it could not be done this year because the prize “stands on the parting”.
"Our five-year partnership contract with GLOBEX Bank”, -- the Organizing Committee informed. A new sponsor has not been found yet.
The Russian Booker Prize" was established in 1991. Among the prize winners are Bulat Okudzhava, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Peter Aleshkovsky, etc.
The day of ecological knowledge to be celebrated in Russia
On April 15, within the Year of Ecology, the All-Russian Library Event “The Day of Ecological Knowledge” will take place, the RF Ministry’s for Natural Resources and Environment Press Service informs.
The date is not chosen randomly, it is the International Day of Ecological Knowledge. This day, Russian libraries are to host many interactive events – festival, marathons, lectures, art workshops, ecological lessons, quests, trivia games, etc.
Over 500 libraries in 55 Russian regions have stated their willingness to participate, among them libraries in Samara, Kaliningrad, and Moscow regions, Sverdlovskaya oblast, Republic of Bashkortostan and Krasnoyarsky Kraj.
"In the Year of Ecology Together with the Ministry of Nature, we are planning to launch the ecological reform of the education system. Meanwhile, it is no less important to embrace the young population outside the secondary schools, those interested in ecological problems and willing to develop their understanding”, — Sergey Donskoy, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment.
On the Day of Ecological Knowledge, the absentia competition of library education events will be held. The contest is initiated by the Russian State Library for Young Adults, Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, and ecological library methodological centers supported by the Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
You will find detailed information, participation terms and the competition rules, and participant’s registration form at the www-site of RSLYA.
Source: RIA Novosti
«Russia in the Electronic World»
The club of winners, prize-winners, and participants in the Olympiad “Russia in the Electronic World” will be set up at the Presidential Library.
The conference of the participants in History, Social Sciences and the Russian language Olympiad “Russia in the Electronic World” in 2010-2017 was held at the Presidential Library.
The laureates and prize-winners who attended the conference have supported the idea to set up the young intellectuals’ club. Its goal will be to integrate young expert community and the library’s friends who are able to offer consulting and practical help to improve information services, and cultural and education events.
Sociologically and methodologically, young adults as library users are the most important group for the libraries, as the young people use the Internet intensively, track IT novelties and have ideas on implementing information resources into everyday life and education.
Krasnoyarsk libraries to become sociocultural centers
Krasnoyarsk is awarded a name of honor “Russia’s Library Capital City – 2017”. It is result of phased renovation of the municipal library network. In the recent years, the libraries have become more open, advanced and attractive for their users, which increase in their number proves.
On the eve of March 8 [International Women’s Day], Edkham Akbulatov, Krasnoyarsk Mayor, met with librarians — this profession is widely seen as a female one.
The librarians said to the Mayor that the best praise for them was their users’ response. That is the reason why they told Krasnoyarsk head about users’ wishes and proposals. They also emphasized that Krasnoyarsk experience was of great interest to library professionals in other Russian cities.
The RF largest e-literature vendor LITRES is going to launch a new format — fb3 – to attract users unsatisfied with popular formats, including ePub and Russian fb2. This year the company is to invest up to 50 m rubles into the technology. Designers will have to convince publishers in the new format advantage over the popular ePub formats.
In 2017, LITRES online store selling e-books will introduce new e-book format fb3 to the market, as the Company informed "Ъ". LITRES’ daughter — LITERES Innovations Co. has been the designer of the new format. LITRES Innvoations Co. was established in November 2016, and is headed by Alexander Brychkin, EKSMO-AST Publishing Group Vice President for Business and Investments. LITRES Innovations became Skolkovo resident in January.