Opening Virtual Reading Rooms of RSL in CIS countries

The Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation of the CIS states (IFESCCO) was started in 2007 by the Agreement signed at the Meeting of the Council of Heads of Governments 25th May, 2006. The Agreement was signed by the representatives of the seven following states: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kirghizia, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Besides, the Republic of Azerbaijan also declared their readiness to enter the Agreement.

The governing body of the foundation represents a board of heads of establishments of education, science and culture of the states which have entered the Agreement about creation of the IFESCO, and also an executive direction board.

The aim of the foundation is to encourage the cooperation mechanisms of the CIS countries in the sphere of human culture, e.g. by promoting programmes of cooperation of academies of sciences, libraries and archives; creating series of radio and television programmes on culture of the CIS states; holding mass media forums, film festivals, art exhibitions; publishing and translating literature of the CIS states.

You are welcome to access more details on the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation of the CIS states is accessible on the website of the foundation: www.mfgs-sng.org.

Meanwhile, within the framework of mega – project “Vaults of the Commonwealth: Libraries”, in 2008 – 2012,  the Russian State Library cooperated with the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation of the CIS states on project “Digital Resources Virtual Reading Rooms of the Russian State Library (VRRs RSL) at the national libraries of the CIS states”.

Two years of fruitful cooperation brought fourteen VRRs RSL to the territories of national libraries of the following CIS states: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the Ukraine. That was a prominent contribution for overcoming the problem of information inequality of distant users and stimulating scientific and cultural exchange between the CIS states.

Demand on the electronic resources of the RSL in the CIS states, which was proved by the statistics of the VRRs RSL functioning, and the fact that an average user of the resource was a student (or a post – graduate) of the higher education institution furthered the decision to include into the project leading higher education institutions of the CIS states in 2011 in order to organize VRRs at the territories of their libraries and to provide them with access to the RSL digital resources.

The support of the IFESCCO in opening VRRs not only at national libraries, but also at leading higher education institutions of the CIS states opened its way for the young to access the RSL electronic resources more frequently which in its turn would contribute to acquiring quality education and raising their professional qualifications in diverse spheres of human sciences and culture for young people in those states.

Virtual Reading Rooms of the RSL launched with the support of the IFESCCO under the contract of 2011-2012:
Azerbaijan National named after M.F. Akhundov
Address: 29, Khagani st., Baku city, AZ 1000, Azerbaijan Republic
tel.: +(994 12) 493-40-03
fax: +(994 12) 498-08-22
website: www.anl.az
Baku State University
Address: 23, Academic Zahid Xalilov street, Baku city, AZ 1148, Azerbaijan Republic
tel.: +(99412) 493-08-58
fax: +(99412) 598-33-76
e-mail: info@bsu.az
Sarkis and Marie Izmirlian Library of Yerevan State University 
Address: 0025, the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Alek Manoogian, 1
tel./fax: +(37410) 55-11-04
website: www.ysu.am
National Library of Armenia
Address: 375009, the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, 72 Teryan Str.
tel./fax: +(37410) 52-97-11
website: www.nla.am
Belarusian State University 
Address: 4, Nezavisimosti avenue, 220030, Minsk, Republic of Belarus
tel.: +(375 17) 209-50-82
fax: +(375 17) 209-50-37
Belarusian National Technical University 
Address: Belarus, 220013, Minsk, Nezavisimosty ave, 65
tel.: +(375 17) 292-75-65,  +(375 17) 292-75-51
fax: +(375 17) 292-75-51
Abai name Kazakh national pedagogical university
Address: Kazakhstan, 050012, Almaty, Tole bi st. 86
tel.: +(7272) 61-22-43, +(7272) 72-81-97
fax: +(7272) 61-22-43
website: www.kaznpu.kz
The Academician Buketov Karaganda State University
Address: 28 Universitetskaya Street, Karaganda, Kazakhstan 100028
tel.: +(7212) 77-04-16
fax: +(7212) 77-03-84
National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: Astana, Esylsky rayon, ul. Dostyk, 11
tel.: +(7172) 28-53-32
fax: +(7172) 44-61-83
e-mail: edd@nabrk.kz
website: www.nabrk.kz
National Library of Republic of Kazakhstan
Address: 14, Abai av, Almaty city, 050013 Kazakhstan 
tel.: +(727) 272-57-09
fax: +(727) 267-28-83
I. Arabaev Kyrgyz state university
Address: 720040 Kyrgyz Repablic Bishkek city, Razzakov street, 51 a
tel.: +(996 312) 62-60-31
fax: +(996 312) 66-05-88
National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic
Address: 208, Abdrahmanov st ., Bishkek 720040 Kyrgyzstan
tel.: +(996 312) 30-46-75
fax: +(996 312) 30-46-88
State University of Moldova
Address: 60, A.Mateevici str., Chisinau, Moldova, MD-2009
tel.: +(373 22) 57-74-01
fax: +(373 22) 24-42-48
National Library of Republic of Moldova
Address: 31 August 1989 Street, nr.78-A, Chisinau, MD-2012, Republic of Moldova
tel./fax: +(373 22) 22-14-75
A. Firdawsi National Library of the Republic of Tajikistan
Address: 734025, 36 Rudaki avenue, Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan
tel.: +(992 37) 227-47-26,
fax: +(992 37) 221-51-60
Tajik National University
Address: Tajikistan, 734025, Dushanbe city, Rudaki avenue, 17
tel.: +(992 372) 21-77-11
fax: +(992 372) 21-45-54
Andijan State Medical Institute 
Address: 1 Yu. Otabekova St., Andijan, the Republic of Uzbekistan
tel.: +(998 374) 222-19-41
fax: +(998 374) 237-54-33
National library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoiy
Address: 700047, Uzbekistan, Tashkent, str.Istiqlol, 33
tel.: +(998 71) 239-41-18
fax: +(998 71) 233-09-08

National university of Uzbekistan named after. M. Ulugbek
Address: 100174, Vuzgorodok, Ukituvchilar st.-174, Tashkent
fax: +(998 71) 227-13-08
Urganch State University named after Al-Khorazmiy
Address: Uzbekistan, Khorezm region, Urganch city,.Kh.Olimjon st’ 14
tel./fax: +(998 362) 226-17-39, +(998 362) 226-61-66
Vasyl Stefanyk National Scientific Library of Ukraine in Lviv
Address: 2, Stefanyk Street, Lviv, 79000, Ukraine
tel.: +(380 32) 261-60-57
Denysenko Scientific and Technical Library of NTUU "KPI"
Address: Pr. Peremohy, 37, Kiev 03056, Ukraine
tel./fax: +(380 44) 236-30-72
V. Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine
Address: 3, prosp. 40-richchia Zhovtnia, Kiev, 03039, Ukraine
tel.: +(38 044) 524-81-36
fax: +(38 044) 524-33-98
The Franko Scientific Library
Address: 95017, Simferopol, Naberezhnaya Street, 29a
tel.: +(380 652) 60-86-44