Established by the Russian State Library for Young Adults (RSLYA) in 2015, the Reader's Prize is the first literature award within the Russian library community. Recipients of the prize are authors of the best book, which is identified by having the highest circulation at the Russian State Library for Young Adults (RSLYA) and e-store LitRes, and by vote of the Expert Council, whose members are drawn from the library's readers age 16-35.
All-Russia Contest for Best Youth Volunteer Project in Library
In 2018, the Year of Volunteer in Russia the Russian State Library for Young Adults (RSLYA) and the Association of Volunteer Centers, with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Russian Library Association, launched the national contest for the best youth volunteer project in library.
National Campaign “Diaries of the World Festival of Youth and Students. Moscow 1957. 1985”
From March until August 2017, the Russian State Library for Young Adults (RSLYA) conducted the National Campaign “Diaries of the World Festival of Youth and Students. Moscow 1957. 1985”.
Book Trailer Competition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Russian State Library for Young Adults announces a book trailer competition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
A book trailer is a short video that promotes a book: it can be a film, animation, or a slideshow.
Submit your book trailer for Alice in Wonderland before 1 September 2015 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The video has to be less than 3 minutes long.
LIBRARY.RU Information and Reference Portal
The portal was created in 2003 and is managed by the staff of the Russian State Library for Young Adults with support from the Ministry of Culture of Russia. The biggest internet resource of that kind in Russia has 4 main sections: «For Librarians», «For Readers», «Libraries’ World», «INFOLOOK». There you can find: the largest list of the Russian and foreign libraries’ websites (over 2500 entries) which is constantly updated; annotated catalogues of the virtual reference services, e-libraries, online bookshops and periodicals websites (6700 entries). The First Virtual Reference Service, documents and materials from the Ministry of Culture of Russia, libraries and other institutions are posted there. Over 27,3 million users have visited this portal in the past 10 years.
Young People of Russia Digital Library
It contains about 1500 full-text copies of Russian and foreign authors’ books on different issues related to young adults’ upbringing and education which were published before the 1930s. Furthermore, there are official materials about the history of the youth movements, organizations, and unions. The Young People of Russia Digital Library is in open access on the internet. RSLYA’s Young People’s Issues Information and Resource Centre is in charge of content and maintenance of the digital library. The Centre also has a database of publications about young people’s issues (over 1600 titles), which can be found through the library’s catalogue.
Comics and Visual Culture Centre (Comics Centre)
The first library-based Comics Centre in Russia dedicated to the culture of comics, manga and other kinds of visual narrative. Comics, manga etc. are viewed as a visual culture phenomenon in the context of young people’s reading. The Centre’s collection has 4000 titles today and keeps growing. The Comics Centre supports Russian libraries, hosts national and international seminars, organizes travelling exhibitions and participates in regional comics festivals.
The Comics Centre is one of the organizers of KomMissia the largest annual International Comics and Visual Narrative Festival.
The Centre’s specialists are creating a bibliographic database of Russian comics published in the last 25 years and write bibliographic reviews, articles and recommendations.
The project’s mission is to provide informational and analytical support to the ecological education for young adults and development of the social ecological movements. Within the framework of the project Ecoculture website has been created, Prostranstvo Discussion Club has been started, national contests are held, an informational and methodological resource supporting ecological education is being formed.
E-books and Libraries
RSLYA was one of the first libraries in Russia to recognize the opportunities of using e-books, as a specific type of content, in library services, as well as the possible use of mobile e-readers in public libraries.
Since 2008, RSLYA staff maintain a popular blog, E-book Planet, dedicated to e-books in libraries.
In 2010, an experiment, initiated by RSLYA and the Ministry of Culture of Russia, was conducted in 5 libraries on different administrative levels to research the perspectives of using mobile reading devices. The results of the experiment were published in the University Book Journal.
Based on the results, RSLYA staff have developed a detailed practical guide to optimisation of e-library use on all mobile devices. The guide stresses in particular the creation of a platform where registered library users can download and store materials from the e-library on their mobile devices free of charge, while the library pays for access to the items chosen by the users, not the whole database.
The idea was implemented by RSLYA and LitRes, a popular e-book retailer, in 2012-2013 for the first time in Russia.
RSLYA is now working on an E-book History Museum.
We Come from School: Literary Competition
RSLYA collaborated with AST Publishers (Elena Shubina Editions) and Social Navigator (RIA Novosti Group) to develop this project, where Russian citizens as well as former USSR citizens now living outside Russia who went to school in the 1960s-1990s post their recollections of school life. Memories from different historical periods are published on the competition’s website, and the most interesting stories will be included in a printed book. Famous authors, actors, film directors, politicians, academics and even Ministry of Education officials are expected to send in their school memories.
The collected stories will be edited by poet, writer, journalist and school teacher Dmitry Bykov. The book is to be presented to the public at the Moscow International Book Fair in September 2014.
Russian Art Nouveau Centre
Located in the unique wooden mansion of the merchant Nosov which was build by art nouveau architect Lev Kekushev in 1903 and is now a branch of the Russian State Library for Young Adults. Here conferences, seminars, exhibitions, meetings with cultural studies specialists and art critics take place. The project focuses on promoting the elegant and beautiful style of 18901910 among young people.