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Discussion of Prospects of the National Electronic Library of the Udmurt Republic at the Board Meeting of the Ministry of Culture, Press and Information

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Discussion of Prospects of the National Electronic Library of the Udmurt Republic at the Board Meeting of the Ministry of Culture, Press and Information

On August 28 the Ministry of Culture, Press and Information of the Udmurt Republic is holding an enlarged discussion meeting on prospects and challenges of building the National Electronic Library of the Udmurt Republic. The outcome of the meeting is expected to map out a practical framework for its realization..

Taking on responsibility to the scientific, academic and cultural communities, present and future generations of readers, Russian libraries started to adapt digital technologies and build electronic collections of documents as well as instruments of access to them.

 

The task of integrating informational resources and providing open access to the intellectual documentary heritage in digital form is being busily carried out in Udmurtia as part of the National Electronic Library of the Udmurt Republic (NEL UR) initiative.

 

The NEL UR represents a corporate repository of the electronic resources of libraries and other document holders of the Udmurt Republic accessible via a union portal (the web-site of the National Library of the Udmurt Republic) based on the open source software enabling content contributors to build and manage collections remotely.

 

The initiator and administrator of the NEL UR — the National Library of the Udmurt Republic launched the project in 2006. Its main goals are providing free and universal accessibility of materials related to cultural, educational and scientific heritage of the Udmurt Republic, its social and political life; popularizing the Udmurt book and language in the Internet, strengthening their status; contributing to intercultural cooperation aimed at making cultural heritage openly accessible in a digital form.

 

The project received financial support of the regional target program “Realization of the Law of the Udmurt Republic ‘On State Languages of the Udmurt Republic and Other Languages of the Peoples of the Udmurt Republic’”, “Information Society Development in the Udmurt Republic”, Kindred Peoples Programme (M.A. Castrén Society) and the Kone Foundation Language Programme (Finland).

 

Currently, besides the National Library of the Udmurt Republic the NEL UR is being enriched by two participant institutions, namely the Udmurt Institute of History, Language and Literature and Central Municipal Library of Izhevsk named after N. A. Nekrasov. Each participant has its own section in the NEL UR. The biggest section totaling over 15000 documents and run by the National Library of the Udmurt Republic comprises five collections: “History of Udmurtia”, “Book Monuments of Udmurtia”, “Udmurt Periodicals: Regional Press” (developed in cooperation with municipal libraries of Udmurtia), “Udmurt Periodicals: Republican Press”, “Udmurt Book”.

 

The interest of users to the NEL UR is constantly rising. In the first six months of 2014 the number of users accessing the e-library collections totaled over 280 000. Among them are researchers, teachers, students, pupils from Udmurtia, other regions of the Russian Federation and foreign countries (mostly Finland, Hungary, Germany, France and USA).

 

Further strategic development of the NEL UR is expected to widen the number of participant institutions (i.e. museums, archives and other cultural memory institutions of the Udmurt Republic); to enrich the volume of content thematically, chronologically and geographically; to advance the user interface. One more topical objective — integration into other electronic libraries: National Electronic Library of the Russian Federation, the European Library, Finno-Ugrian digital library Uralica; realization of accessibility of state services in electronic format via the NEL UR.

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