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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)


Book stores will reside in libraries, museums, and theatres

Before the vacations started, the State Duma passed in  its first reading the draft law on book stores at institutions of culture, initiated by the RF Ministry of Culture.

In accordance with the proposed law “On making changes to Article 17.1 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” bookstores may be offered for lease, on preferential basis, the premises at libraries, museums, theatres, and other institutions of culture.

— You can browse any book while drinking tea and then buy it if you get interested. Such places will offer comfortable environment for communication. – Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture, said at the briefing.

Along with book selling, the law will provide for catering and related services, though, to avoid manipulation, it will limit the assortment at the selling spot: books will make the main sales item (no less than 70% of leaseholder’s total revenue).

— This important initiative is to support the book selling industry, —Oleg Novikov, President of Eksmo-AST Group, told Izvestia. — Preferential lease terms are attractive for bookselling chain stores. Today, about 2,000 book stores run in Russia, which is almost ten times less than in the year 2009. The book market and readers would to more much or less degree, if we succeed in increasing the number of book stores at least 1.5 or 2 times. The new law may be of help.

Source: "Izvestia"

Presidential chronicle project commenced at Vnukovo Airport (Moscow)

June 7, 2016, the RF Presidential Library supported by the Department of Presidential Affairs hold the ceremony of presentation of a new project , The Presidential Chronicle, at Vnukovo International Airport.

Within the framework of the project, the passengers will get the opportunity of watching, at any time, documentaries of the Presidential Chronicle series. The project is arranged to coincide with the 75-th anniversary of Vnukovo Airport.

The project targeted to educate civil and patriotic attitude, responsibility for the country, presents intelligible information on presidential authority institutions.

In the official opening ceremony, Alexey Dvuzhilov, Head of Informatization and Communication Division of the Department of Presidential Affairs, Alexander Vershinin, Director General of the Presidential Library, Vitaly Vantsev, Chair of Directors Boards of Vkukovo International Airport, representatives of Moscow Regional Center of the Presidential Library in Pushkino, took part.

Alexey Dvuzhilov, Head of Informatization and Communication Division of the Department of Presidential Affairs, congratulated Vnukovo Airport on its 75-th anniversary: “Today, the Department of Presidential Affairs is giving a start to a socially significant project at Vnukivo Airport. We have a big joint job – to provide services for guests of this country during the national feasts and for top public officials during their flights. The Presidential Chronicle project is targeted to facilitate civil and patriotic attitude. The films in the series tell about presidential authority institutions and their symbols. I am sure that passengers will be interested to learn the history of the personal library of the head of the state.”

Alexander Vershinin, Director General of the Presidential Library, said: «We are proud to present our new joint project – the Presidential Chronicle. Our task is to get audience familiar with the history of Russian nation-building. It was not random choice of Vnukovo as the project site, for this airport, on its 75-th year, is one of the most advanced in Russia and the world, and participates in many education and cultural projects. There, a new approach towards customer services has been being facilitated, and our cooperation is at all times supported by the Department of the Presidential Affairs.”

Source: RusFond

Copyright holders singled out the owner of famous Flibusta, a pirate online library.

Copyright holders ascertained the identity of the popular online library Flibusta who goes by the nick Stiver. In his interview to CNews, Maxim Ryabyko, Director General of the Association of the Copyright on the Internet (AZAPI) to which EKSMO and AST publishers’ are affiliated.

Stiver is a German resident. Ryabyko has not revealed his real-life name due to secrecy of investigation.

German authorities are not to prosecute Flibusta.

Copyright holders attempted to launch a criminal charge against Stiver, however, after two years of examination, German authorities found no proof for his criminal activities.

Mr. Ryabyko expressed his disappointment with such proceedings. «The law enforcement authorities took no care to investigate the case deeply. The laptop computer was exempted from Stiver, however, the data appeared to be coded, - AZAPI Head said. – As we see it, Stiver’s bank transfers for the accounts of hosting providers should have to be examined.”

Source: Conews

Nekrasov Library to be donated V. Mayakovsky daughter’s library

Special scientific collection comprises over 1,000 volumes.

N. A. Nekrasov Central Universal Scientific Library [Moscow] will be donated a unique book collection signed away by Helen Patricia Thompson, poet Vladimir Mayakovsky’s daughter, Alexey Lobov, Director of V. V. Mayakovsky State Museum, informed Izvestia.

In the nearest future, Moscow specialists will go to New York, N. Y., USA, to prepare the gift to be transferred to Russia. They are likely to require the support of the Ministry of Culture for the precious cargo to seamlessly cross the border will.

Helen Patricia Thompson, nee Johns, died on April 1, 2016, several months prior to her 90-th birthday.

‘She was a professor of a university in New York, specializing in philosophy, sociology and family economics’, - Alexey Lobov told Izvestia. ‘She spent her lifetime as a researcher and collected a library of unique books. Her collection numbers over thousand of books in many languages. She left it to be donated to one of the libraries in Russia

Source: "Izvestia"

At the initiative of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, secondary school students will attend special seminars.

Students of secondary schools will attend special seminars to get acquainted with library jobs and book history. In doing so, the Ministry of Culture believes that the students might get interested in library careers and intends to educate attitude of care towards books and rare library documents in them.

The seminars are organized as an effort to preserve the National Library Fund of Russian Federation as an element of its cultural heritage.

Librarians are required to be university graduates in the area of philology or pedagogy, to have command of English, and to be able to stage mass events. Salary is lower than the average in the city.

Source: LIFE "Culture"


National Electronic Library

The State Duma, at its final plenary meeting, approved at the second and third reading the law to regulate the operation and development of the National Electronic Library (NEL) – the largest information resource.

Elena Drapeko, Russian actress and Duma deputy of Spravedlivaya Rossiya (Fair Russia) faction, said that building and developing NEL will take many years:

“And then we in Russia will obtain the unique and the largest information system to embrace information resources of the RF libraries, museums, archives”, - the deputy said introducing the law at the plenary session.

According to the bill, the goal of NEL is to preserve historical, scientific and cultural heritage of Russian nations, provide for increasing intellectual potential of the Russian Federation, popularization of Russian science and culture, and laying the basis for the single Russian digital knowledge space. The NEL tasks, functions, and subjects are summed up.

Russian State Library will run NEL while funding will be provided from the Federal Budget and other sources. RSL is to develop NEL, and to accomplish document storage and conversion to digital formats, user registration, acquiring and maintaining e-catalog, NEL popularization, etc. Guidelines for book monuments control are to be finalized.

Source: RIA Novosti

Crisis support means for printed media and book publishing industry

On April 13, 2016 in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, there was public hearing “Crisis support means for printed media and book publishing industry”.

Participants of the event highlighted that printed media and books industry still plays an important political, social and cultural role in life of the country, and is one of the key elements in the system of information security and realization of democratic principles of development of civil society.

In addition according to the participants of the hearings, the position in industry of printed media and books on a national scale causes reasoned alarm. Economic crisis, reasons of organizational character, fluctuations in exchange rate, price advance for paper and typographic services, continuing decrease of buying capacity and readers demand, decrease of ads treasury revenues from legal restrictions to publishing budgets, low operational discipline of civil servants, administrative barriers and other factors negatively reflect on the situation in the industry globally.

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