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11 March 2019
Librarians to Convene in Syktyvkar

14-15 March, the National Library of the Komi Republic will host the International Library Convention - Strategic Development Areas for Modern Libraries in Achievement of Sustainable Development Objectives. The convention is held within the programme of the II Northern Cultural Forum under the Komi Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Archives.

The convention will gather about 150 participants: professional from 25 Russian regions, including Komi Republic, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Kirov, Vologda, Tyumen, Leningrad Oblast, Novgorod, Irkutsk, Astrakhan, Kaluga, Ivanovo, Perm Region, Khanti-Mansi, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Mari El Republic, Republic of Karelia, Udmurt Republic, Republic of Tuva, Altai, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as Estonia, Norway, Finland and Germany.

The plenary session will take place on 14 March. General Director of the Russian State Library Vadim Duda will talk about changes facing the library activities during the implementation of the CULTURE Russian National Project. In particular, his presentation will cover the concept of model libraries and their establishment in Russian regions.

On the same day, librarians will gather for a round-table discussion with a focus on Finno-Ugric intercultural cooperation. The participants will share best practices of public libraries modernization, define priority objectives, identify areas of common interest and develop a joint resolution on the future of Finno-Ugric libraries and project collaboration. The National Library of the Komi Republic will also introduce a partnership project for the foundation of the Finno-Ugric Library Information Centre.

The international workshop, Library as a lifelong learning environment, is scheduled for 15 March. This topical area of growth is included in the Komi regional library modernization programme. The workshop will present the experience of the Troms County (Norway) where the public and university libraries reorganized the service system to answer the long distance learning demand. Tatiana Martsenyuk, head of foreign language literature department will present the practices and activities of the Komi National Library aimed at facilitating informal and non-formal learning within the library environment.

The interregional laboratory, Local culture and tourism, will also work on Friday. The expert and moderator for the laboratory will be senior researcher at the Russian National Library Nadezhda Balatskaya. 10 regions of Russia will send their representatives to discuss innovative practices of promoting local culture tourism through library projects. 


II Northern Cultural Forum in Syktyvkar will serve as a platform for the discussion of strategic issues of culture for Russian regions. Other themes on the programme of the forum on 14-15 March are:

  • Project theater versus repertory theater,
  • Culture, education and science
  • Museum and tourism


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