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13 March 2020
Alliance of Finno-Ugric and Northern Libraries

11-13 March 2020, Syktyvkar hosted the III Northern Cultural Forum gathering over 600 delegates from all over Russia and Nordic countries. The forum served as a platform for discussing the most topical issues in culture, tourism, education and science. Libraries had their own prominent place in the flow of professional networking events.

The library seciton opened on 12 March. The inter-regional foresight session, Alliance of Finno-Ugric and Northern Libraries, focused on a partnership project for establishing the Finno-Ugric Library and Information Centre. The National Library of the Komi Republic is leading the project.

Vadim Duda, Director of the Russian State Library

Vadim Duda, General Director of the Russian State Library, welcomed the participants of the session with his inspiring talk on the role of libraries in building happy communities. He gave full support to the idea of the formation of the Finno-Ugric Library and Information Centre in Komi. "Think global, act local" was his advice to all partner libraries that are willing to join efforts around the new library and information centre for Uralic languages and ethnic cultures.

Valentina Zhideleva, Deputy Chair of the State Council of the Komi Republic

Another important guest of the library section was Valentina Zhideleva, Deputy Chair of the State Council of the Komi Republic. She spoke about the crucial mission of all cultural insitutions in preserving and promoting the national cultural heritage.

The key objective of the session was to work out a common vision of the projected Finno-Ugric Library and Information Center and identify its role in the collaboration of national libraries of Finno-Ugric regions of Russia. The partner libraries at the forum represented by

Udmurt Republic,

Mari El Republic,

Republic of Karelia,

Republic of Mordovia, 

Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous OkrugIT Director of the National Library of the Komi Republic presented the project otechnical part of the projected an outlook of the technological solution

Jussi-Pekka Hakkarainen, IT specialist, National Library of Finland
Irina Eidemiller, expert from the Russian National Library
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