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The results of a decade of development and plans for the future focused on at the Academic Council meeting in the Presidential Library

22 April 2019

The Presidential Library hosted Academic Council meeting, timed to the 10th anniversary of the institution. Ilya Bykovnikov, Director General of the Presidential Library summed up the results of the work over the past period.

He noted that during this time the Presidential Library has achieved significant results. Since 2009, the collections of the largest electronic storage has increased significantly: if ten years ago it was 42 thousand units of storage, by the end of 2018 it already exceeded 770 thousand. These are electronic copies of books and periodicals, dissertation abstracts, audiovisual works and much more. Archive materials constitute a significant part of the collections - more than 360 thousand units of storage.

The Presidential Library’s collections are formed according to the topics established by its charter: history, theory and practice of Russian statehood, Russian language. So far 270 electronic collections which are constantly enriched are presented on the institution’s portal.

A significant part of the library’s collections is photo content. These are photographs of both historical nature and dedicated to contemporary events, altogether more than 20 thousand units of storage.

The volume of visual content that is composed of newsreels, documentary and feature films, video lectures, video tours and much more is also increasing.

Today, the Presidential Library not only preserves the historical and cultural heritage, but also provides wide access to the national depository fund: about 1,000 remote electronic reading rooms are open in all 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, 38 remote access centers operate with success in 30 countries abroad. According to Ilya Bykovnikov, the main task of development in the regional direction is to improve the quality of work of the regional centers. Large-scale remote access centers will use the information and technologies available today to the Presidential Library, will be actively involved in events organized in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Tyumen, including the library itself.

It was noted an increase in interest in the materials of that part of the electronic collections, which is free available on the Presidential Library's portal - in 2018 the number of unique visitors to the website exceeded 2 million people.

The partner network of the Presidential Library is also actively developing. To date, the institution has concluded over 1000 cooperation agreements with federal, regional and municipal authorities, libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, the media and foreign institutions. In April 2019, the Presidential Library opened a center of access to the ETALON-ONLINE information retrieval system developed by the Belarusian National Center for Legal Information. Using the system, users will be able to learn about relevant texts of legal acts of the Republic of Belarus, as well as documents of judicial practice and analytical materials.

Today, the Presidential Library pays much attention to educational and cultural projects, including Russia in the Electronic World Olympiad for pupils, multimedia lessons, excursions, cinema club meetings, video lectures and much more — only in 2018 more than 25,000 events were held. 

The publishing activity of the institution is actively developing. Over the decade, dozens of publications have been issued on the history of Russia, the theory, history and practice of Russian law, issues of promoting the national cultural heritage in the electronic environment. Two new editions were presented to the members of the Academic Council: a practical guide “Converting into electronic form of especially valuable archival documents and personal funds” and a research and practice guide “Forming digital collections”.

Ilya Bykovnikov told the meeting participants about the new activities of the institution, especially in the field of education. The Presidential Library will be involved in further training of librarians and other institutions in the field of librarianship and information technology. It is planned to organize a competition for professors, teachers, methodologists of higher education in the development of universal competencies of students using information resources. It was also declared to hold open lectures by leading Russian scientists.

Alexander Vershinin, Director General of the National Library of Russia who headed the Presidential Library from 2009 to 2018, took part in the Academic Council meeting. He emphasized that today national libraries need to develop and strengthen cooperation, including at the international, interregional, and interdepartmental levels.

The participants of the 17th Academic Council meeting were not only council members - heads of leading Russian institutions of culture, science, education, but also representatives of a number of institutions – partners of the Presidential Library: St. Petersburg State University of Economics, the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and others.