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Outcomes of the eIFL General Assembly

On June 25 – 28, meetings of the eIFL General Assembly took place at the National Library of Belarus. Read more...


Events of the eIFL General Assembly

On June 25 – 28, meetings of the eIFL General Assembly take place at the National Library of Belarus. Read more...


On June 25-28, 2011, meetings of the eIFL General Assembly are held at the National Library of Belarus.

The eIFL Consortium (Electronic Information for Libraries) is the nonprofit international organization consolidating library consortiums in more than 45 countries of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe, the former USSR, Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia. Its major tasks are promotion of knowledge sharing on the global scale, building of continuing education network, and also promotion of national library consortiums.

The Belarusian Council of Libraries for Information Interaction at the National Library of Belarus (BelCoLib) is the eIFL full member since 2009. The Council represents the interests of different Belarusian libraries in the filed of acquisition and use of electronic information resources, intellectual property for library activities, development and distribution of open access information resources and open code software. Establishment and functioning of the NLB virtual reading room is one of the results of the Council’s activities.

Meetings of the eIFL General Assembly are held annually and each time in a different country. In 2011, the meetings take place in Belarus to gather more than 90 representatives of consortiums – the eIFL members and major aggregators and providers of electronic information resources.

The questions of open access policy; overcoming of obstacles in using electronic resources; integrated access to electronic information resources; copyright in the context of international politics, as well as negotiations with aggregators and providers of electronic information resources are on the meetings 2011 agenda.


A seminar-consultation «Open access resources in the context of the new redaction of the Law “On copyright and allied rights”» initiated by the Belarusian Council of Libraries for Information Interaction was held on 24 May.

The seminar which took place in the National Library of Belarus (NLB) had gathered representatives of Belarusian university libraries. The basic innovations suggested by the library community and reflected in the new redaction of the Law “On copyright and allied rights” were considered at the meeting.

It was noted that, within the framework of adopted changes in the new redaction of the Law, fundamentally new methods of development of corporate electronic information resources had appeared. Participants of the meeting considered the NLB’s draft copyright treaty on transfer of non-exclusive right to gratuitous use of author’s works.

Different algorithms of cooperation for optimization and corporate selling of the currently developed electronic resource of national dissertations were discussed. A particular attention was paid to contractual work with authors in the development of the resource.

Mr. V.I. Brichkovsky, National Coordinator of the Republic of Belarus at the international consortium ЕIFL, delivered a report “Development of open access resources in the Republic of Belarus”.

It was noted that the corporate resource of dissertations is one of the important components of open access scientific and educational resources in the Republic of Belarus.

Participants of the event exchanged their views on possible ways of corporate interaction between Belarusian university libraries.


24 February, 2011: the 6th meeting of the Belarusian Council of Libraries for Information Interaction took place at the National Library of Belarus (NLB).

Representatives of republican and regional libraries took part in the event. NLB Director and Chairman of the Council R.S. Motulsky and NLB Deputy Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee T.V. Kuzminich delivered their reports.

At the meeting participants considered the questions as follow:

  1. Report on the Executive Committee’s activities in 2010.
  2. The Council’s long-term activities in 2011:
    • state program «Culture of Belarus» for 2011–2015. Task fulfillment in 2011;
    • participation of Belarusian libraries in the development of Union Electronic Catalog.
  3. Prospects for development of an electronic resource of Belarusian theses.
  4. Holding of eIFL General Assembly in the Republic of Belarus.
  5. Change in membership of the Council Executive Committee working groups.

The Council members adopted the resolutions as follow:

  1. Consider the Council’s activities in 2010 wholly satisfactory.
  2. Optimize the activity of Council Executive Committee working groups in the field of open code software and open access to scientific resources.
  3. Approve the Council’s activities in 2011 as follow:
    • cooperation with eIFL.net;
    • reception of discounts on electronic resources;
    • planning of database management and distribution for 2012;
    • preparation and holding of events aimed at promotion and use of acquired and tested electronic information resources;
    • provision of services and consulting to Belarusian libraries using information resources of the NLB Virtual Reading Room;
    • discussion on the issues of intellectual property protection, copyright and allied rights within the framework of Belarusian libraries and lobbying of libraries’ interests in State and public institutions;
    • promotion of open access to scientific resources and open software in libraries;
    • establishment of a temporary research group for implementation of the 21st task of the State program «Culture of Belarus» «Development of a union electronic information resource of the national bibliography of Belarus including software and information content development»;
    • establishment of a temporary research group for implementation of the 23rd task of the State program «Culture of Belarus» «Development of a union electronic catalog of Belarusian libraries, periodicals, special documents including software development».
  4. The Council members must nominate candidates for membership in the working groups within the framework of the Sate program «Culture of Belarus» for 2011–2015 up to 15 March 2011.
  5. Recognize as necessary the development of a union electronic resource of Belarusian theses.
  6. Design a resource in conformity with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus. Initiate a meeting with heads of university libraries.
  7. Take into consideration the information on plans and preparation to еIFL General Assembly.
  8. Approve the change in the Council membership. Include to the Council S.I. Kachan, Director of the Presidential Library of the Republic of Belarus. Appoint V.P. Lapo, head of section at the National Library of Belarus, head of the working group for coordination, acquisition and access to electronic information resources. Include to the aforementioned group S.I. Voronovich, head of division at Belarusian Agricultural Library and I.M. Fedosenko, head of section at the National Library of Belarus.
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