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The Conference of European National Librarians

The Conference of European National Librarians
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On May 24th–27th, the Russian State Library in Pashkov House (Moscow) hosted the 28th Conference of European National Librarians (CENL).

The solemn opening of the Conference was held with the participation of Minister of Culture of Russia V. Medinsky, IFLA President S. Sipilä, CENL President B. Rasin, and Director General of Russian State Library А. Visly.

The National Library of Belarus was represented by Director R. Motulsky.

Heads of the biggest libraries of Europe discussed current joint projects including those in the field of preservation of European national cultural heritage, cultural variety and multilingualism as basic values of European culture.

The main attention during the conference was given to the European Library, the leading project on creation of a distributed digital library of Europe. Its mission is to provide interactive access to electronic collections of national libraries.

Also organizational and legal aspects of creation and development of national libraries were considered at the event.


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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