On September 13–14, the Director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky took part in the All-Kazakhstan Congress of Librarians "Library as Multifunctional, Multilevel Socio-Cultural Institute of the Society", which was held in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.
The All-Kazakhstan Congress of Librarians is a professional dialogue platform for library specialists, representatives of relevant state bodies and other organizations, where main directions of library development in the country are considered, concepts are defined in shaping the quality of human capital, ways of digitalization of the library fund, issues of ensuring accessibility of information.
The last congress of librarians took place in Kazakhstan in 1998 and for the first time during the last 20 years the library community gathers all systems and departments of the country and CIS states: more than 200 delegates, 16 foreign heads of libraries and specialists from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, USA, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Various meetings, thematic sectional meetings, round tables, focus-trainings, master classes and practical classes from leading experts are held within the framework of the congress.
On September 13, Roman Motulsky took part in the congress with the welcome speech and the report "Use of modern technologies in preserving the historical and cultural heritage, national monuments and book culture", introducing the unique experience of the National Library of Belarus in preserving the book heritage of our country.
At the end of the visit, he held talks with the Director of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhanat Seidumanov and invited colleagues from Kazakhstan to the 5th International Congress "Library as a Phenomenon of Culture", which will be held in the National Library of Belarus on October 18–19, 2018.