The Third World Professional Forum «The Book.Culture. Education. Innovations» completed its work
Over 1,200 Russian and foreign professionals in science, education and culture took part in over 70 sessions. The Exhibition gathered about 20 standholders.
«The Forum has established a strong reputation in the professional – library and book industry – community not only in Russia but also in many foreign countries and indeed is an authority site to discuss acute tasks in literature, education and culture», – Alexander Bodrov, Head of Moscow City Department for Cultural Centers, said at the closing ceremony conveying the welcome word from Alexander Kibovsky, Head of Moscow City Department of Culture.
Dr. Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, summed up that the «program was completed in full».
The Forum agenda, covering the problems along vectors of science, education and culture vectors, considerably expanded as compared to previous years. In particular, this year special focus was made on users and visitors with special needs; the workshop «Services for physically disables visitors in museums. Blind visitors in museums», and the round table «Special library users». The Crimea-2017 participants also discussed the problems of reading and information literacy of the children and young adults.
Ecological education came into the sharp focus of the Forum participants: They discussed their experience at «The Day of Crimean Libraries», and at the Eleventh International Symposium: «Universities of Culture and Arts in the Global Education Space» where the topic of «the ecology of culture» was raised. Under the Ecology Year aegis, Section 5 «Ecological Information and Ecological Culture» was held. Vladimir Grachev, President of V. Vernadsky Non-Government Foundation, delivered the lecture within the program of the ecological section: «Vladimir Vernadksy’s scientific concepts for sustainable development». The book musical crowned the social program. The Forum participants also resumed on the All-Russia Library Action Day: “The Day for Ecological Knowledge” initiated by the Russian State Library for the Youth in cooperation with the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology.
The BiblioTauria forum, held for the third time and provided by the RF Ministry of Culture, is the project to support young library professionals. Owing to the project, this year 17 young librarians “from Kaliningrad to Khabarovsk, and from Arkhangelsk to Crimea” have attended the Crimean Forum. The crash course of the National Library Association “Libraries of the Future” was aimed to improve and expand professional competences of experienced librarians.
Traditionally, government top officers attended the Forum along with top managers, educators, and leading professionals of universities, libraries, museums, and publishing houses. Thus, Andrey Loginov, Government Administration Deputy Head, held the discussion: “Modernization of the national level library system in the Russian Federation: Russia’s national libraries in the 21st century”, аnd also presented his books to be given as a gift to fifteen Crimean libraries. Vladimir Aristarkhov, First Deputy Culture Minister of the Russian Federation, opened the Third Museum Assembly and delivered speeches at the Meeting of top managers of the education institutions of the RF Ministry of Culture, and other Forum events. Sergey Matveev, Director of the Department for Science and Technologies, the RF Ministry of Education and Science, chaired the session of the Interdepartmental Coordination Board for National Subscription and also attended the joint session of his Ministry and ROSPATENT.
The Crimea-2017 Forum’s social program embraced the book musical, tours of Sudak and Crimea, and “the sports section” – billiard, lawn and table tennis, chess, and the intellectual shows «What? Where? When? In the library and information world» and «To the Barriers! ».
Since 1994 the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology has been holding the international library conference in Crimea: First in Eupatoria, then in Foros, and from 1997 the forum has settled in Sudak. In 2015, the event status changed to the global large-scale professional forum that gathers together not only librarians, but also professionals in science, education, and culture.