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Paper document scanning: evaluation and quality control

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On April 19–20, at the Institute for Professional Training in Mechanical Engineering and Instrument-Making Industry (Korolyov, Moscow Region) took place an international scientific-practical conference “Paper document scanning: evaluation and quality control”.


The conference theme was the questions of control of paper document scanning quality, studying of the current practice of scanning and scanning technical demands in libraries, archives and other organizations accumulating documents on paper media.

The aim of the conference was to generalize the experience in the field of scanning, to create a working group for preservation of documentary heritage through scanning, and, in the future, to develop international scanning quality standards.

The Republic of Belarus was represented at the conference by N.G. Kostyukevich who delivered the report ”The experience in production of electronic copies of printed documents at the National Library of Belarus: methods of scanning of various document types and scanning technical demands”.

Participants of the conference exchanged opinions concerning the expected further steps on the way to standardization of scanning technical demands. Preparation for the development of methodical recommendations for scanning and promotion of the concepts of standardization in this sphere among librarians at the conference "Crimea-2011" had been recognized as the most urgent tasks.

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On Slavery, Struggle and Love: 9 Books by African American Authors you Might Have Missed

8 Jun 2021

Books by American authors have long and firmly settled in the readers' wishlists of many of us, but here is something that could have escaped your attention. African American literature is a very specific phenomenon. Hundreds of years of slavery and segregation, inequality and struggle for rights have left their mark on books, and the love of folklore and elements of African mythology have created a unique flavour, noticeable even in science fiction. Today, on the birthday of the first famous African American poetess Phyllis Wheatley, we will recall the writers for whom her work opened the way to literature.

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Pride, Prejudice, and Copyright: How Books Reach Public Domain

9 Jun 2021

One might drop by a bookstore in search of timeless classics, and find… something dubious. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? "New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Russia"? At first glance, such books are a crime against literature, morality and human taste, but slow down – everything is done within the limits of the law. All books that have become classics are in the public domain, which means they are open to new interpretations. But how do writings get this status? And what happens after? We will try to answer these questions in as much detail as possible, and will understand the public domain inside out.

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I Stay Here

9 Jun 2021

The Library hosted a presentation of K. Tsybulski's book "I Stay Here" on June 8. The book was published in 2021 by the publishing house "Belarus" with the support of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus.

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