Library World Events

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.

Source: МK.RU

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.

SourceRIA 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.

Source: MKKrasnoyarsk


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.

Source: Kommersant

Moscow libraries are permitted to give away written-off books to their users

It is planned to use special Internet-service to give away written-off books. In accordance with the order issued by the RF Minister of Culture, outdated publications are no more to be disposed. Moscow libraries have got the right to give them away to users.

«The document is a product of the joint efforts of the library community, Moscow City Department of Culture, and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and what is most important – library users who enthusiastically supported our idea within Biblionight project in April, 2016”, —Moscow City Government Minister Alexander Kibovsky, Moscow City Department of Culture Head. For this purpose, it is planned to launch «Written-off Books» Internet-based service. Users can reserve the book of their choice to come later to the library and to grab the book. The reservation is valid for three days.

Search can be accomplished by author, title, library, or subject area. The measure to protect the system from fraudsters willing to resale books is also taken. Users will not be permitted to take many books at once.

For the first time, Muscovites were given away written-off library books during Biblionight last year. They got free 3.5 thousand books and periodicals. The lists were published at the open data portal with the chosen titles had to be confirmed at individual libraries by phone.


The Library opened in a retail center in Moscow

The mobile point of N. Nekrasov Central Universal Scientific Library opened in Oceania retail center in Moscow West. You can recognize it by giant white chairs as if you are at a kids-loved trick museum that attract kids. All the books are new, just from the publishers’, with many new titles among them.

Most frequently, the users ask whether they can borrow books free of charge, and second to that, whether libraries are still alive.

In August last year, Oceania retail center suggested Nekrasov Library to take part in a feast but in its turn, the Library offered that it establishes a literary corner. It is a new concept for Moscow City while in Britain and the United States, you can find full-scale libraries with large bookshelves, desks, computers, printers, etc., at many retail centers.

Source: Russian Association of Electronic Libraries

Book production in Russia decreased by 2.9% in circulation

According to statistical data, the total pressrun of books and brochures published in Russia in 2016 made 446.274 thousand copies which is by 2.86% less than the previous year.

At the same time, the number of titles published in 2016 increased by 3.93% as compared to those published in 2015 and made 117,076 publications, which means 3.93% increase. In aggregate, 97,000 book titles (94,000 in 2014), and 19,700 brochure titles (18,500 titles in 2014) were published in 2015.

During the last year, 99,411 new titles were released, while the total circulation of the new publications increased by 12% and made 288,268 thousand copies. The number of reprints made 17,600 titles which is more than 2015 indicator by 10% while the total pressrun of reprints decreased almost by 30%, down to 123,200 thousand copies.

In 2016, five hundred and five books with the pressrun of over 100,000 copies (as compared to 684 new titles in 2015) were published. Traditionally, books and brochures with the pressrun up to 500 copies made the largest group (56,000 publications).

EKSMO and AST Publishers lead the publishers’ 2016 rating of the title number (8,385 and 7,198 titles, correspondingly), while Drofa and Prosveshchenie publishing houses are on the top with the total circulation (11,300 and 60,849 thousand copies).

Source: University Books


Most unconventional libraries in Moscow

Many municipal libraries in Moscow have ceased to be just “book depositories” and transformed into whole new spaces with the best characteristics of cultural centers, coworking sites and anticafes. With newly published and rare books on their shelves, they also feature free wi-fi, film demonstrations, lectures, access to musical records, or offer studying modern design practices. These is a TOP-9 of the most unconventional libraries of the capital city.

Russian State Library for Young Adults

Dostoevsky Library

GARAGE Library of Contemporary Arts

Photolibrary at ARTPLAY

S. Eisenstein Library of Cinematic Art

Musical Library

Library of City Stories

Russian State Library for the Blind

A.Gaidar Central City Children’s Library




Seven best technologies developed by MOSGORTEKH contest are to be tested in Moscow

On December 17 & 18, the MOSGORTEKH contest final took place at Deworkacy.Krasnyy Oktjbr coworking center. The innovation projects by young ambitious teams from all over Russia were presented.

Over 380 original projects were submitted, from which the expert jury chose 28 solutions for cities, most promising from the viewpoint of commercialization and implementation,.

28 finalist teams from various Russian cities introduced their projects in the areas of environmental safety, population mobility and transport infrastructure, intellectual resource management systems, new technologies and materials, high-tech retailing, commercial waste utilization and treatment, technologies of financial information platforms and services, to the experts and visitors.

Among the experts are  the contest organizers Moscow Agency for Innovations, and partners, namely ENEL Russia, S&P Capital Foundation, Moscow City Department of Environmental Management and Protection, State Nature Protection Center, QIWI Group, and Russian Technical Society.

Seven teams won the contest, and together with the contest partners, they are to test their innovative solutions in the reality of the city infrastructure. Besides, winners have got free access to Deworkacy.Krasnyy Oktjabr coworking center to refine their solutions.


Seven teams more won special nominations. They also got the chance to refine their projects through the expert support of individual MOSGOTEKH partners who had chosen their solutions.

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