Library World Events

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.

Public museum of book in Moscow

The idea of creation of free exposition of rare editions in the building on Mokhovaya street is developed in Russian State Library.

Lenin library plans to open Museum of book in the building transferred by the Moscow government on Mokhovaya street.

According to Alexander Visly, Director of Russian State Library, a shift exposition will be made to attract visitors that will include rare books of different periods in sequence: “One day there will be rare papyrus, the Gutenberg Bible - another day, and then books from contemporary collections”.

According to the Director of Russian State Library, the library just received the mentioned building from Russian Agency for Estate and even did not manage to make all the necessary documents of tile to the land.

But the heads do have points of view how to use the building on Mokhovaya street already: after repairs there will be museum of book free both for citizens of Moscow and guests as well.

But financing of the project is an open question yet – as Alexander Visly highlighted, he can not specify from what sources means for the museum will be given. He added: “I think we shall not take money from the visitors”. Also in Russian State Library they do not specify the opening dates of the museum.

Dmitry Livanov, Head of Ministry of education and science, informed on Thursday, that the fund of Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) moves to other libraries

The largest part of storage of Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences that survived the fire will be placed in other Russian libraries including RNPLS&T as well.

He told: “This library (RNPLS&T) just moved to the new modern building. Part of unique INION collection will be there too”.

According to him, many Russian book storages digitize materials now, and it will help to exclude repeated tragedy. Ministry of culture deals with this problem.

According to the Head of the Ministry, as for the damaged books, every book is being analized now.

He added: “It is necessary to check each book, estimate damage and find right way of its reconstruction”.

According to the Head of Ministry of education and science, fire in INION library is a real tragedy.

He told: “The potential that was collected, and the science prestige are damage very seriously”.

Mr Livanov concluded: “Fire in INION is the example that as a water drop reflected all the problems of our scientific sector, when in the Academy of sciences, as it was before the reform, not just assets were not stored properly, but whole directions of scientific investigations were on the fringes and leading scientists had to leave the country”.



I.S. Turgenev Public Library and Reading room celebrates its 130th anniversary.

130th anniversary of I.S. Turgenev Public Library and Reading room, the oldest Moscow public library, is on February 9, 2015. The library was founded for the financial means of Varvara A. Morozova, famous Moscow benefactress, in memory of Ivan S. Turgenev, and welcomed the first vistors on January 28 (February 9) 1885. The building of the reading room is the first one built for library in Moscow, constructed in accordance with project of Dmitry N. Chichagov, architect, was located near Myasnitskiye gates till 1972. Then it was knocked down to build Novo-Kirovsky avenue (Academic Sakharov avenue). The existing Turgenevskaya square was called after the reading room in the beginning of 20 century. Since 1998 the library works in complex of buildings of 17-19 centuries in Bobrov lane. 

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