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Putin signed the decree on establishing the Russian Foundation of Culture

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on establishing all-Russian public and state organization “Russian Foundation of Culture”.

On October 31, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Decree “On establishing All-Russian public and state organization ‘Russian Foundation of Culture’”. The Decree has been published at the official presidential www-site

The following Foundation goals are formulated: “Building the environment to motivate population to creative self-fulfillment, preservation of cultural values, revival of cultural traditions, popularization of Russian culture, facilitation of cultural potential of the Russian Federation subjects”.

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will act as the Foundation founder. The organization is to be established with the involvement of citizens and public associations. The Cabinet is authorized to transfer appropriate federal property to the Foundation to provide its accommodation in the city of Moscow and to sign off the procedure of subsidizing, and to draft budget the funding for the next year.

However, there is some confusion about the situation, as the organization under the same name has been existing in Russia since the Soviet era. The said foundation was established as a Soviet Foundation of Culture in 1986 headed by Academician Dmitry Likhachev. Later it was rename to “the Russian Foundation of Culture”, and since 1993, it has been headed by Nikita Mikhalkov. According to its www-site, the Foundation set itself at projects for Russian regions, e.g.exhibitions, kids’ and youth contests. To brighten the situation, we might need to cite Georgy Ivliev, then Deputy Minister of Culture, and today head of ROSPATENT. He said in May, 2015, that the Ministry of Culture and the existing foundation were to establish a new organization following the sample of Russian Society of Military History. Contrastingly, it is to be transformed from non-commercial to public and governmental organization, i.e. to get subsidized from federal budget, which is provided by the Presidential Decree, signed by Vladimir Putin.

Source: Pro-Books

Results of the Annual meeting of directors of Russian federal and central regional libraries – 2016

On October 18, at the Russian State Library Conference Hall, the Annual meeting of directors of Russian federal and central regional libraries started. The participants represented 68 regions of Russia. Heads and experts of federal, national, republican territorial, regional and municipal libraries, university libraries, and libraries of research institutions attended the meeting. Officers of the RF Ministry of Culture, regional departments of culture, publishers, representatives of associations, non-commercial foundations and other organizations also took part.

Vladimir Gnezdilov, Acting Director General of the Russian State Library, opened the plenary session. “It is the twenty third [annual] meeting. The program is drawn up so фы to respond to every challenge the library community faces today”, - he said.

Vladimir Aristarkhov, First Deputy Minister of Culture read the greeting by the RF Ministry of Culture. "The meeting has become the site to determine the role of libraries in the modern society, to discuss libraries’ tasks  n the digital world, to resolve strategic problems of education and mentoring, of cultural heritage preservation. I wish the meeting participants efficient work, and success in preserving and developing Russian librarianship”! – he concluded.

The plenary session appeared to be packed and interesting, and began with the report «News in Library Legislation” delivered by Evgeniya Guseva, Deputy Director of Science and Education Department, library department head. She specified some important statistical data on libraries in Russia, compared them to previous years and made some forecast for the future. Her concluding words report were “I hope that we will honorably represent Its Majesty Knowledge in the modern world”! The audience applauded to her words.

Irina Menshova, Deputy Director of the RF Ministry of Culture Administration Department delivered the report “Independent quality assessment for the services provided by organizations of culture”. I. Menshova reminded the audience the history of the problem of independent assessment, that dated back to the RF Presidential Decree № 597 of May 07, 2012, and invited librarians to “listen to people, to engage them, and to work for them”.

Source: Russian Library Association

Yasnaya Polyana Museum has built Leo Tolstoy’s virtual home

The State Memorial and Nature Preserve “Yasnaya Polyana” Estate Museum has launched the new multimedia project – the virtual reconstruction of the house where, back in 1828, Leo Tolstoy had been born.

In 1864, the house was sold to a neighbor landpwner and in the early 20-th century the ramshackle building was taken to pieces. The only foundation stone engraved «Here stood the house where Leo Tolstoy had been born” remained in Yasnaya Polyana.

The project www-site «House_space» — «is a creative challenge taken to recreate the country house in Yasnaya Polyana based on the writer’s memories».

«There are few his descriptions, mostly fragments gleaned, visualized into the exterior and interior design of the lost premises”, - the project authors say.

Today you can take a virtual tour of nine rooms being accompanied by sound and text descriptions. “For the future - vast and scrupulous work to restore the integrated image of Tolstoy’s home is being planned”.

Source: Colta

The State Duma discussed how to support printed mass media

On October 19, the meeting of the State Duma Committee for Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications headed by Leonid Levin was held

The main topic on the agenda was the discussion of the draft federal law № 1183395-6 «On making change to the Article 16 of the Federal Law «On advertising», initiated by the Russian Federation Government.

Andrey Kashevarov, Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation, advised that “FAS has developed the draft law in the fulfillment of the order of the Russian Federation Government”. He said that “the present economic situation in the media market demands the measures to support printed mass media through additional funding obtained for distributing promotional content”.

A.Kashevarov specified that “the draft law supposes to increase the amount of advertising materials to be distributed through non-advertisement-specialized printed periodicals, up to 45% of an issue. Today, the permitted amount of advertisement makes 40%”. “In fact this would support printed mass media while enable to adhere to consumers interests and to defend them from excessive advertising”, – he said.

Committee member unanimously supported the initiative. Leonid Levin emphasized that “it is necessary to pass the law prior to December 1, 2016, so the mass media could take advantage of this opportunity starting January 1, 2017”.

The deputies also discussed the Committee plans for the next month.

Users of over 250 Moscow libraries will be receiving notifications after October 15

Starting October 15, Moscow municipal libraries will send free SMS-notifications on book return. To receive them, user will have to give the library his/her cell phone number and to register for this service. Several days prior to the return date, the text message will inform him/her that the book is to be returned to the library, or to be renewed. The SMS-notification service will be offered in 9 Moscow administrative districts, namely: Central, Southern, Northern, South-Eastern, South-Western, North-Western, Western, Zelenograd and Novomoskovsk administrative districts. Besides, SMS-mailing will be available for user card holders of Central City Business Library, N. A. Nekrasov Library, A. P. Bogolyubov Art Library, I. S. Turgenev and A. S. Pushkin Library Reading Rooms. By March, 2017 each of 442 Moscow libraries is to provide this service. «If the SMS-notifications become popular, we will consider to inform users on new acquisitions to the collections . It will be comforting to know that a book that costs about 600-700 rubles at book stores, is free and waiting for you at your library”, - said Vladimir Vladimirov, Acting Director General, Cultural Centers Directorate.

He emphasized that SMS-notification was aimed at preservation of library collections. «Books can be lost, or some users forget to return them”, - Vladimir Vladimirov says. – Those library users who will subscribe to the SMS-service, will receive advice of the date when to return the books. This will decrease work load on librarians who will not have to reach those unmindful users”.

Meanwhile, users may choose other notification modes – by phone or email. Users of the libraries where the service has not been implemented yet may leave an application. This will enable to identify libraries where such service is most demanded, and such libraries will be connected on the first priority basis.

According to the new regulations, library books are lent for 30-day period, except the most popular publications and periodicals.


The Branch of Mayakovsky Central City Public Library Branch is open in St. Peterburg

In St. Petersburg, for the first time, the library has been integrated into an ultramodern retail center - Okhta Mall. Here, the branch of V. Mayakovsky Central City Public Library is now open. An appropriate agreement was signed between Finnish SVR concern and the Mayakovsky Library. The initiate was supported by St. Petersburg Committee for Culture. The Library occupies 390 sq. m. within “Okhta Lab” creative space.

The premises is provided by the Okhta Mall developer free-of-charge. The branch of V.Mayakovsky Library will offer lending and reading room services. The collection will embrace the newest fiction publications, children’s books, non-fiction literature; the users will get access to digital databases and periodical collections. The library will join St. Petersburg Corporate Network of Public Libraries, and all those users with valid single user cards can be the library customers. Books lent at the library on the premises of Okhta Lab may be returned at any city library.

Source: "Bibliotechnoye delo "

Three libraries in Kaliningrad celebrate the anniversary

On September 15, 2016, Alexander Yaroshuk, Kaliningrad Mayor, Marina Orgeeva, Kaliningrad Oblast Duma head, Andrey Shumilin, Deputy Chair of the City Council, took part in the ceremony held on the occasion of the 70-th Anniversary of three city libraries.

This year, the city of Kaliningrad and Kaliningrad Oblast celebrate the 70-th anniversary, along with the first municipal institutions that were to serve residents in their peaceful life [after the WWII]. The three public municipal libraries, later named after the great Russian writers – Anton Chekhov, M. Gorky, and Alexander Pushkin, opened their doors in the fall 1946 and became the first centers of knowledge popularization and promotion.

In his greeting speech, Alexander Yaroshuk emphasized the efforts of librarians who, in the age of computer technologies, promote book reading among Kaliningrad adult and, particularly, young population. The city head awarded several library veterans and employees of Kaliningrad Centralized Library System the jubilee medals “70 Years of the City of Kaliningrad”/

Today, every Kaliningrad library (21 libraries altogether) has been refurnished. It became possible due to the large-scope departmental target program: “Development of Kaliningrad Centralized Library System” adopted in 2006. Not only the libraries’ premises were fully refurnished but also their space was redesigned, modern furniture and equipment were provided. Owning to these positive changes, the spectrum of library services has expanded. Using multimedia resources, librarians organize multiple meaningful and sometimes entertainment education events, undertake regional cultural actions and international projects.

“This year our city was elected a Capital Library City of Russia – undoubtedly, it’s to our joint credit: that of the authorities in charge of libraries modernization, and that of the professional librarians. During the last year alone, the number of library users has amounted to 100,000. Library is the place to come and to be in peace at one with your favorite book”, - Alexander Yaroshuk said.

Source: Kaliningrad

The Anniversary of the National Library of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic

On June 1, 2-16, the 95-th Anniversary of the State National Library of Kabardino-Balkaria named after T. Malbakhov was celebrated, Kabardino-Balkaria Republican Information Agency reports.

“Today, we congratulate on this significant date not only librarians but every Kabardino-Balkarian resident, as it is not the Library’s feast only but the landmark for everyone connected with it”, – Anatoly Emuzov, Library Director, said at the ceremony.

«Historically, libraries have been set up by dignified persons; the same with our library,” – Emuzov emphasized.

The Director told the brief story of the Kabardino-Balkar largest library and paid tribute to its outstanding employees of different periods. “Today it is the major regional cultural institution with about 2 mln. items deposited, with 56 thousand users who loan about 700 thousand books. The rare books alone make about 10 thousand, among them – the collection of life-time editions of the 19-th century authors” – Anatoly Emuzov said.

Muhamed Kodzokov Chair of the KB presidential administration, congratulated the Library on its Jubilee and address by Republic President Yury Kokov.

“The Library had been the first education and cultural center in the Republic institution. It proved to be loyal to its supreme mission – to prjmote the cultural heritage of our nations”, - the address said.

On behalf of President Kokov M. Kodzokov wished librarians “good health and prosperity, every success in accomplishing the noble mission”.

M.Kodzokov published the presidential edict to express gratitude to Anatoly Emuzov for his “great contribution to librarianship and for his dedicated work of many years”.

For their outstanding contribution to the book culture, several authors and cultural figures were awarded the medals – Yury Thagazitov, Salikh Gurtuyev, Mutalip Beppaev, Aues Kumykov, Maria Kotlyarova, Natalya Shinkareva, etc.

Source: "Svezhy Veter

Ministry of Culture to prepare a new anti-pirate law

Copyright holders suggest that social networks are to be responsible for their users’ content.

The RF Ministry of Culture is in the process of preparing a new anti-pirate law – to draft it, the ministerial officers call for market players’ proposals. The information is confirmed by Internet-video Association, the National Federation of the Music Industry, and Association of Film and TV Producers (AFTP).

Copyright holders claim that most infringements on the Internet are committed through social networks that enable users to load any content which is to the advantage of the networks because due to the content diversity users spend more time there.

The copyright holders say that earlier the courts convicted social networks as violators of copyright. Everything changed after the Article 1253.1 of the RF Civil Code came into effect. A new term of ‘information broker’ relieves from responsibility those networks that allow their users to load such content within their infrastructure. Copyright holders believe that the Article 1253.1 of the RF Civil Codes should be revised and such provision making possible for such sites to allow illegal content has to be lifted.

Source: "Izvestiya"

The culture of legal content consumption

The Internet Development Institute (IDI) inquires into how its experts estimate the current status of the legal content market in Russia. IDI conducted survey of 263 IDI experts who represented leading Russian Internet-companies. The findings were communicated at the Internet+Media Forum held on May 10-11, 2016, at Moscow EXPOCENTER.

Only a half of the experts interviewed see the current practice of antipirate law administration as efficient though 42% of respondents agreed that the current legislation facilitate the legal content market.

Less than a half (40%) experts consider the pricing policy by legal content providers to be adequate while just one-third of them think the offer in this market corresponds to the demand, and only 24% of respondents are positive about the developed culture of legal content consumption vs. three-fourth of respondents who believe in the opposite. Moreover, 61% of experts believe that the current economic situation drives the legal (and paid, in most cases) content consumption down.

The experts agree that the Runet users are informed on the legal content market insufficiently just like the government authorities are, too. The experts’ opinions divide on the estimation of the very market players awareness.

In general, the poll results make to conclude that the legal content market in Russia advances technologically while it is considerably in arrearages in the aspect of popularization and consumption culture. It might be due to the lack of users’ awareness of legal content services, or insufficient assortment and similarity of monetizatiom models offered by the content-providers.

Despite the level of Internet-piracy in Russia is still high, the IRI polling and other surveys taken prove that it is caused mainly by insufficient users’ awareness, undeveloped culture of legal content consumption. Less than 4% of users are diehard non-payers, and just 12% regard the legal content costs inappropriately high, as a large-scale survey (commissioned by Media-Communication Union and conducted in the mid-2015) proved.

Over 7,000 respondents were surveyed. Several factors that hider development of legal content services were revealed. Thus, 68% consumers said they were quite satisfied with the amount of free content while they saw no differentiation between legal and pirate content. A few users (24%) proved to be insufficiently informed on the content distribution procedure and thought that “Internet access costs cover the fees for all the content” they can find there.

«All surveys prove that the legal content providers have to increase their efforts to make their services more popular, convenient and competitive as compared to pirate resources if they are to win in this struggle for a consumer,” – Sergey Plugotarenko, Director of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications, IDI Board member, said.

Source: www-site of the Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC)


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