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The system for acquiring, processing, storing and control of mandatory e-copies of printed publications is established

On January 1, 2017, Russian State Library will start acquiring electronic copies of all this country ‘s printed publications. The system for acquiring, processing, storing and control of mandatory e-copies (MEC) is built of the RSL portal.

On July 3, 2016, amendments to the Federal Law No. 77-FZ of December 9, 1994 “On mandatory copies of documents” were approved to define what a mandatory e-copy is and what the procedure of their provision to the RF Book Chamber and RSL shall be. This is “the digital copy of ready-to-print files reproducing in full information of the document (printed publication), including its text, illustrations and design elements. The printed publication copy in digital form shall be subsumed under the types of mandatory copies».

On January 1, 20017, the Federal Law No. 278 of July 3, 2016 “On making amendments to the “Federal Law No. 77-FZ “On Mandatory copies of documents of December 9, 1994” comes into effect. Now the producers shall provide one copy of their printed publications in digital form, authenticated with electronic signature, to ITAR TASS and the Russian State Library for the persistent storage.

To make mandatory e-copy delivery simple and easy for publishers, MEC acquisition, processing  and control system is established on the RSL portal.

Registered publishers are to use their publisher accounts for loading digital copies into the system.

The www-site will also receive dissertations in digital format in every discipline, including medicine and pharmaceutics, authenticated with qualified electronic signature.

The procedure of using mandatory e-copy is still unclear as it is difficult to balance interests of publishers and readers. The Federal Law defines only MEC storage procedure. Still, itisagreatstrideforward.

Read about other countries’ experiences at www-site of Russian Publishers Association

Source: Russian State Library

Two heads are better than one?

ArethetwomajorRussianlibrariestobemerged?

This news disturbs the community: the Ministry of Culture approached the Government with the proposal to support the initiative of the two heads of the National Library of Russia (NLR, St. Petersburg) and Russian State Library (RSL, Moscow), Alexander Visly and Vladimir Gnezdilov, and to unite these libraries.

The heads are seemed to have their reasons for proposing. Firstly, the library collections will cease to duplicate one another, as only one “mandatory copy” will be delivered, which enables to eliminate the deficit of depositary space. Secondly, administrative and operating personnel will decrease which will save approx. 250 mln rubles annually in wages. Secondly, the international status of the united library will increase.

Source: Rossiiskaya gazeta

The  House of National Literatures to be established

President Vladimir Putin authorized the Government of the Russian Federation and Moscow Government to consider the establishment of the House of National Literatures in Moscow.

The Presidential order was published on Kremlin official www-site as a result of the joint meeting of the Council for Culture and Arts and the Council for the Russian Language held on December 2, 2016.

According to the Order, the House of the National Literatures can be established on the basis of M. Gorky Literary Institute [Moscow].

Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin are authorized to investigate into the issue. TheyaretoreportontheresultsbeforeMarch 31, 2017.

Source:Parlamentskaya gazeta

Over 8,000 books by modern authors acquired by Moscow libraries in January

Moscow public libraries are acquiring books awarded literary prizes to their collections/ The Mayor’s Office web-site informs that over 8,000 copies are now available in 441 library reading rooms altogether. Thebooksareplacedonspecialstands.

In every district, “The Fortress” by Peter Aleshkovsky (2016 Russian Booker Laureate), Leonid Yuzefovich’s “The Winter Road”, and “The Aviator” by Evgeny Vodolazkin (2016 Big Book), are added to the library collections, the agency informs.

Altogether, 28 new bestsellers written by prize-winners and laureates of the All-Russian awards, among them, Yasnaya Polyana, National Bestseller, Prosvetite; The Book of the Year prizes.

A foreign author also find a place on the list. Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s book “A strangeness in my mind” can be now also found in Moscow reading rooms. Last year, he was awarded Yasnaya Polyana Prize - ‘For the best foreign book of the 21st century”. Library collections will enroll new items as soon as next year’s nominees and laureates are announced.

Children’s libraries have acquired “The Raven’s kids” by Yulia Yakovleva (Yasnaya Polyana Prize nominee), “You all into the garden” by Masha Rupasova Yakovleva (Yasnaya Polyana Prize nominee), “A cup in English” by Grigory Kruzhkov (Book of the Yeat), “What is Africa?” by Kirill Babaev and Alexandra Arkhangelskaya (Prosvetitel Prize nominee). Other books intended for adult readership have been acquired by universal public and libraries for family reading.

For many years, mainly central municipal libraries had been acquiring new book publications. From now, the books will be distributed between the libraries proportionally. The idea of cooperation between libraries and All-Russian literary contests started up  in 2016. Along with instant collection development, Moscow libraries, together with contests organizers hold presentations, meet-the-aquthor sessions, etc.

Source:TASS

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Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications to change website blocking technology

This measure is intended to protect law-abiding resources sharing the Internet-account with a violator.

Russian Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communication (ROSKOMNADZOR) is to get new authority to take decision on the blocking method for every website on blacklist. Today, it is up to Internet providers to determine switch-off method. The change in this practice is expected to protect law-abiding resources sharing the Internet-account (IP-address) with a violator. Appropriate amendments to the law “On information, information technologies and information protection” is prepared by the RF Ministry of Communications and Mass Media.

Vadim Ampelonsky, ROSKOMNADZOR spokesman, told Izvestia, that the draft law is intended to unify standards of access restriction mode and access restriction information.

Today, after information on a website or web-page is judged unlawful, the IP-address is blocked, and website name, web-page address and digital IP-address may be put on the blacklist. However, the Internet architecture allows several websites to use the single IP-address. So the IP-blocking mode often implies automatic blocking of law-abiding websites.

 

Vadim Ampelonsky says that today Internet-providers choose restriction mode all by themselves: — In many cases they simultaneously block the resources that do not contain forbidden information. The access restriction modes are not always efficient from the viewpoint communication network stability, observance of user rights, and often do not employ new technologies for information distribution on the Internet.”

December 28, 2016

Source: Izvestia

 

Center for Slavonic culture open in Moscow

Japan Foundation Office, House of Jewish Books, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, American Center,  International Iranology Foundation, and, finally, Francotheque – the first center of French speaking countries opened this summer – … and several other national cultural centers at M.I. Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature are now joined by the Center for Slavonic Cultures.

- About 10,000 books in open access and up to 300,000 books in Slavonic languages in our [Library’s] collections, -  that’s how Vadim Duda, Director, characterized the resources of the Center the day before the center was opened. He demonstrated the slides with outrageous Library’s new interiors: atrium, literary café, theatre, and open-air theatre for summer. The Center will be entirely ‘built in” the Library’s structure.

Source: RG

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Privilegesforbooksare proposed

The RF Government might take measures to support bookstores and newspaper kiosks. The appropriate tax reliefs, including zero VAT and permission to write off unsalable products in large scale, and to lower postage rates and subsidies. If the proposals are approved, the market will double in 15 years, book publishers hope.

The RF Ministry for Communications and the Media has developed the draft government decree to support book and printed media trade ("Ъ" News Agency has got a copy of the document) in 2017-2018. In particular, it is proposed to introduce privileged taxation: to lift VAT rates for book publishers and distributors, and to write off, in a larger scale, printed products published and unsold within a year. For distributors, special tariffs for books and periodicals postage and lower insurance deductions to pension fund, social and mandatory medical insurance funds are proposed. Besides, in the Ministry for Communications and the Media, they propose to subsume book advertisement as a public service ads.

The draft also presumes that the Ministry of Culture will provide to attract private investments to establishment of cultural centers. Today, mutifunctional centers are established exclusively by the government and financed through the federal, regional, and, sometimes, municipal budgets, the Ministry of Culture spokesman said, and the possibility for private investments has not been even discussed yet.

Source:Kommersant

 

Acknowledged experts nominated the best books in the humanities, natural and exact sciences.

On November 16, 2016, the 9-th ceremony of “Prosvetitel” [‘enlightener’] Award Ceremony [the award established by Dmitry Zimin Foundation] was held in the Central House of Literary Workers. Experts nominated the best non-fiction books in Russian in the humanities, natural and exact sciences.

The ceremony gathered prominent scholars, researchers, science popularizes, authors, journalists, literary critics, culturologists, and non-fiction lovers.

Tutta Larsen and Mikhail Zygar hosted the ceremony. They opened it with an ironical note: «These walls witnessed Gorky and Aleksey Tolstoy, Fersman and Perelman, Boris Pasternak, Andrey Sinyavsky and Yury Daniel, to say nothing of many others who were chastised in the Soviet Union though were never read”.

Source: Prosvetitel

The round table in Crimea

Through the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea, the round table “Research activities of the Central Library of the Republic of Crimea” coordinated with the World Science Day was held on the premises of I. Franko Republican Universal Scientific Library.

Ismet Zaatov, Deputy Minister of Culture, in his opening speech, emphasized its importance for scientific community of Crimea.

Svetlana Nemirovich, Republican Library Director, congratulated the attendees with the World Science Day and reviewed the role of the Republican major library in science and education support.

In their speeches, Library’s experts discussed the priority vectors for the Republican Library as a regional information, education, and cultural center to meet the demands of scientific and research community.

Source: "Bezformata.ru"

The Cabinet discussed the status of Russian libraries

Russian Premier Medvedev held the Cabinet session to discuss the issues of the current state of Russian library system.

The current state of the libraries in Russian regions, and the seven draft federal laws and subsidies to regional budgets were put on the agenda on November 9, 2016.

«The whole world is discussing Donald Trump’s victory in the election in the United States, however we are to start the session with an issue more important to our country – that is the status of our libraries,» — Medvedev said at the opening of the Cabinet meeting.

During the session, Medvedev emphasized that today libraries ceased to be the place where people just borrowed the books. Consequently they are to become “speedy and friendly knowledge navigators, sites for self-fulfillment, and education centers». According to Medvedev, today we witness «some re-orientation of the essence of what the libraries are».

Premier said that the number of public libraries in Russia amounted to 100,000, however their number was decreasing each year. «We have to reflect on the situation and, whenever possible, to improve it,» — Medvedev said. He urged «to preserve all the best of classic, or traditional libraries, while to support them in their adaptation to modern life ».

Medvedev pointed to the necessity to focus «on introduction of universal requirements to library services provision – i. e. on the so-called library standards », and to provide access to speedy Internet for every library which in 2015 was available only to the two-third of country’s libraries.

The second part of his message was focused on the NEL project. «One of the core elements of libraries development is the National Electronic Library project. I have reviewed the project advance – it has been gaining momentum. The goal is to provide electronic access to the contents of libraries, museums, archives, and not only documents in Russian but also in other languages, too. The task is rather ambitious, related with digitization and catalogs systematization, and also to copyright. But we have to do the job. In remote regions these digital reading rooms will be the solution when some information is needed, moreover, today the great bulk of books and journals today are published in limited editions. Today the aggregate collection of documents in the National Electronic Library makes over 1 mln 800 thousand titles, but this is still insufficient,» - Medvedev said.

Source: Russian Association of Electronic Libraries

 

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