October 16, 2001 Center for the Book Welcomes Eleven Visiting Librarians from Russia

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On October 21, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will welcome a delegation of 11 librarians from throughout Russia who will spend 10 days observing and learning about the center's national reading promotion and educational outreach programs.

Funded by the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) in Moscow, the visit is the second phase of a cooperative reading promotion project of the Open Society Institute's Pushkin Library Megaproject and the Center for the Book. The Pushkin Library Megaproject strengthens libraries and library collections, primarily in Russia but also in other countries.

"The Center for the Book is delighted to be part of this effort," said John Y. Cole, the center's director. "A real exchange of ideas is taking place. There's more current activity in the United States, but American librarians have much to learn from Russia's longtime interest in the sociology of reading, libraries, and book promotion."

The project's goals are to share information about effective reading promotion projects and campaigns and to promote a better understanding of the role and importance of reading and libraries in a democracy. It was developed in cooperation with the Reading Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Nine Russian librarians visited the United States for eight days during its first phase in April 2001. The third and final phase will be a visit by American reading promoters to Russia in June 2002.

From Oct. 21 to 24, the visit will include a general orientation to the Library of Congress, participation in the Center for the Book's program, and visits to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Chantilly Regional Library in Chantilly, Va. On Oct. 25-27, the Center's Russian guests will visit the Connecticut State Library in Hartford; the Hartford Public Library, home of the Connecticut Center for the Book, and three Hartford literary sites: the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and the Wallace Stevens Walk. New York is the focus for the final three days, which includes visits to the New York Public Library, the Queens Borough Public Library, and the Queens Borough Public Library's International Resource Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The delegates are: Mr. Taimyr D. Agaev, Director, Dagestan Republican Library, Republic of Dagestan; Ms. Lyudmila V. Belozerova, Assistant Director, Ulyanovsk Regional Scientific Library, Ulyanovsk; Ms. Elena A. Chemodanova, Head, Reading Section, Kirov Regional Scientific Library, Kirov; Ms. Nadezhda T. Chuprina, Director, Belogrod Regional Scientific Library, Belogrod; Ms. Anastasia A. Kornienko, International Relations Department, All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow; Ms. Elena G. Muravyova, Leading Researcher, Russian National Library, St. Petersburg; Ms. Marina V. Novikova, Pushkin Library Megaproject, Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation), Moscow; Mr. Dmitry F. Poloznev, Director, Yaroslavl Regional Scientific Library, Yaroslavl; Ms. Nina G. Rasputnaya, Director, Vladimir Regional Scientific Library, Vladimir; Ms. Valeria D. Stelmakh (Group Leader), Leading Researcher, Russian State Library, Moscow; Ms. Klavdia N. Sukhinina, Director, Lipetsk Regional Scientific Library, Lipetsk.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information about its state, national, and international projects, visit its Web site at www.loc.gov/cfbook.


PR 01-152
ISSN 0731-3527