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On March 19–23, the All-Russian scientific-and-practical conference "Library collections in the digital era: traditional and electronic resources, acquisition and use” with the participation of a representative of the National Library of Belarus was held.

The conference in Saint-Petersburg was arranged by the Russian Library Association, the Russian National Library and the scientific and technical centre “Informregistr” (Moscow). The conference sponsors: the publishing house “Universitetskaja KNIGA” (Moscow), the ELSEVIER Publishing House (Holland) and the Information Agency Swets Information Services.

The conference gathered library acquisition specialists, bibliographers, information specialists, heads of libraries and publishing houses, and also representatives of aggregators of information product. The National Library of Belarus was represented by Head of section of the Information service division E.V. Tulupova with the report “Electronic resources as a means to accomplish requests of users of the National Library of Belarus”.

Participants of the conference considered the questions of the development of the electronic resources market in Russia and the issues of acquisition and use of electronic resources in libraries. Also, within the framework of the conference, there was a working meeting of participants of the international project “The virtual reference service of the Corporation of Universal Scientific Libraries” in which the National Library of Belarus has been participating since 2008. During the working group meeting the results of the five-year work were summarized, methodological and technological aspects of accomplishment of users’ requests were considered, and suggestions concerning the optimization of the Virtual service were made.


How Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck Became the First Book Merch

11 Jun 2021

You often want to boast about your new hobby to the whole world to know. Got hooked on a book? Buy bookmarks with quotes Discovered a new fancy music band? Hurry up, you need a T-shirt with their logo! Impressed by a new film? Well, you get the train of thought. No matter what we admire, there is a suitable merch somewhere in the world – clothes, accessories and other branded items. It is believed that the era of merch began with Disney's Snow White and the release of the main character, gnomes and kind animal friends toys. But few people know that the first real merchandise was... bookish. Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen, today we'll take a look at how Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter became pioneers in this difficult endeavour and what came of it.

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