On July 16–18, St. Petersburg hosted the Sixth Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions with the participation of the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, as well as the delegations of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Interregional Cooperation.
This year, the large conference was focused on the interregional ties and the development of a single cultural and humanitarian space for the peoples of Belarus and Russia. In total, the forum included six sessions on the formation of a common educational and information space, the organization of cultural and humanitarian projects, regional cooperation and other issues.
Director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky attended the grand opening of the forum and a plenary session where he presented a report on the joint activities of the national libraries of Belarus and Russia for the formation and use of electronic information resources.
On July 17, as part of the Forum, cooperation agreements were signed with the Russian State Library and the Presidential Library named after B.N. Yeltsin. The agreements envisage activities for strengthening the common library space of the two countries: the exchange of electronic and paper publications, the joint creation and development of electronic resources, the development of an electronic document delivery system to improve access of Russian and Belarusian readers to the collections of the national libraries.
On the same day, Roman Motulsky gave an interview to the television channel of the Federation Council "Vmeste-RF." According to the director of the National Library of Belarus, there has always been close cooperation between Belarusian and Russian libraries. “New socio-economic and technological conditions, as well as the international regulatory framework require new approaches to the organization of library work,” he said in the interview. “It is important for young scientists to get expanded access to scientific information. Our library has a Virtual Reading Room of the Russian State Library, primarily, providing access to the electronic library of dissertations. And this is also our common heritage. ”
In order to strengthen the intercultural and international relations, Roman Motulsky during his visit to St. Petersburg negotiated with Ilya Bykovnikov, the director general of the Presidential Library named after B.N. Yeltsin. The negotiations touched upon the issues of mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership in library science and information exchange.
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