The 6th International Congress “The Library as a Phenomenon of Culture” has ended.
This year’s topic – “Library services in the modern information space” – is especially relevant today. The delegates discussed cloud computing technologies, innovative approaches to user services, the role of libraries in the modern information infrastructure of society, and many other issues.
Four hundred applications for the participation in the congress were sent from Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. The event gathered leading experts of libraries, research organizations and educational institutions, as well as developers and manufacturers of software, hardware and information product.
The representatives of the National Library of Belarus presented more than thirty reports on the experience gained while working in the main book depository of the country, the implemented projects and new trends in librarianship.
The congress agenda included five breakout sessions: “Electronic libraries and resources in the library and information space,” “Information support of scientific research and the educational process,” “Information and communication technologies for user service,” “Library as a leisure space,” “External environment of the library: interaction formats.”
A meeting of the Belarusian Council of Libraries for Information Interaction was held on the first day of the congress. Heads of republican and regional scientific libraries, as well as libraries of leading institutions of higher education, answered a number of questions about the implementation of corporate projects.
The second day agenda included a seminar “The Interaction of Church and State Library Systems” that discussed rare book collections in church libraries, a consolidated electronic catalog of the Belarusian Exarchate, formats for cooperation between secular and church libraries, and much more.
The exhibition "Services and resources of libraries in the electronic environment" has been opened for two days. Specialists from libraries, museums, archives, research organizations, educational institutions, representatives of the legislative sphere, developers and manufacturers of software, hardware and information products were invited to participate.
At the event’s end, Moscow publishing houses donated books on art, politics, history, law, as well as children's literature to the National Library.
A nice bonus was the opportunity to visit the “Doll Stories” exhibition and learn more about the history of making toys, look at the favorite characters from childhood, admire the works of talented illustrators and much more.
The cultural program also included a concert, theatrical performance and excursion to the National Library.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and the National Library of Belarus.
We express gratitude to our partners, the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS Member States, the Polish Institute and the Goethe Institute in Minsk.
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