On October 17-21, 2018 the director of Music Fund of Ufficio Ricerca in Milan Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi visited Armenia. Enclosed is his report.
Report of visit
This year the National Children’s Library after Khnko Aper celebrated the 85th anniversary of its foundation. Within the scope of various events devoted to the 85th anniversary of the library scientific-practical meetings took place. On October 17 a conference took place with the participation of foreign guests. The speakers of the meeting were the head of the UFFICIO Ricordi Music Foundation Massimo Gentili Tedeschi, who spoke on catalogisation and modern skills necessary for the librarians, IBBY Executive Director Liz Page, who spoke on the activities of IBBY National Sections in promotion of reading and evaluated IBBY Armenia as an active participant. The Iranian children’s writer Farhad Hasanzade presented his way of writing for children. Gayane Karapetyan spoke about National Children’s library activity.
On October 18 a round table-discussion with the heading “Prospects for cooperation: IBBY, IFLA, IAML” was held. Libraries’ directors, young specialists of the sphere were present. The director of National Children’s Library R. Tonoyan spoke on the implemented programs within the cooperation of IBBY, IFLA, IAML, in the context of which IBBY Executive Director Liz Page mentioned that IBBY Armenia was founded in 2012 and talked about important programs which were implemented together during this time. “”IBBY Armenia” makes great efforts to unite children around the book, – added R. Tonoyan, highlighting that the library is already a member of IFLA. The speakers were the representative of IFLA and IAML, the head of the UFFICIO Ricordi Music Foundation Massimo Gentili Tedeschi, one of the top five of IBBY Shortlist for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Awards Iranian children’s writer Farhad Hasanzade. Director of National Library of Armenia T. Zargaryan, director of Isahakyan Central Library H. Karapetyan, other participants of the discussion-children’s writer A. Serobyan, N. Arzumanyan (Nor Nork Central library), S. Hovhannisyan (“Arevik” publishing house), S. Karapetyan ( “Edit Print” publishing house) spoke on library work, professional education, problems of children’s writing, the role and meaning of the book in RA.
In the year of 2004 RA government fixed the establishment day of the Armenian Library Association as the Librarian’s Day. It is traditionally celebrated by various professional and cultural events in RA. This year it has the “Path With A Book” heading and it is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia and 2800th anniversary of the foundation of Yerevan.
This year various events will be implemented again, which once more will draw public’s attention to the problems which libraries are facing and will articulate the librarians’ contribution in the promotion of reading and in the appreciation of books in the libraries of Armenia and Artsakh.
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On the 16-23th of April 2018 the Armenian Library Association will implement traditionally celebrated National Library Week at RA: this year it is devoted to May battles and Erebuni-Yerevan 2800th anniversary.
Since 2002 the task of professional-cultural week, implementing annually by ALA, is targeting, speaking out the library issues and searching comprehensive effective solutions. NLW has a tendency to promote the stimulation of interest towards libraries, book and reading and evaluating the importance of libraries in the public’s life. Annual organization of “week” expects effective cooperation between libraries, workers’ attention acting in the spheres of book and information towards library work, as well as strengthening library-public connection. Target groups are readers, library workers of informative-bibliographic spheres, intellectuals… The program will launch from April 16: with separate programs will participate republic’s regional, community, professional, higher educational institutions libraries, which in advance informed about the implementing terms and got the designed posters appropriate to year’s content.
In the libraries will be implemented meetings, discussions, events dedicated to important cultural anniversaries, poetry hours, book presentations, exhibitions, professional excursions to Armenian libraries, book donations…
The week will be summed up at April 23.
On the 28th of February 2018 the members of the Armenian Library Association NGO vice president R. Ghazaryan and G. Karapetyan visited the regional centre of Ararat to see the activity of RA Ararat region Artashat Municipality’s “Library system” CNCO. The motive of visit was an information-letter (23.02.2018) sent to director of ALA R. Tonoyan from director of “Library system” CNCO S. Petrosyan, which is acting under dependence on Artashat Municipality, where she expressed her anxiety about further activity.
Until 2016 the Central library with its 3 branches had been acted at Artashat… During the visit one branch was closed by the Municipality /in 2016/ and funds were transferred to the basement of Artashat culture house: actually that branch already had no address. Those two branches (the first one on Araratyan 5, the second one On Marx 5) also didn’t work, although the library’s served fund in the worst condition was on place. The obvious flaws, also the fear of readers and residents that the mentioned branches are also on the brink of dissolution, in the connection with that problem, leaded the members of ALA to Artashat Municipality to apply to competent officials. After presenting the problem in condensed form to Mayor, the suggestions, under the knowledge of Mayor, were presented to the head of Education, Culture and Sport section Manya Ghazaryan. The observations of ALA members and following from this observations the demand of letting act already set branches at above-mentioned addresses, also the appropriation of rate of charge for two branches, are substantiated, because:
*Artashat’s Municipal CLS (Centralized Library System) cannot be called “Library system” without branches, which causes contradiction of legal and actual facts.
*In 2015 the CNCO got the status of public library by Ministry of Culture, which is a legal base for system’s whole activity.
*The reading society of Artashat’s mentioned addresses protest and require to open both 2 branches and continue library service for young adults.
The Municipality as a result of ALA members’ visit, taking as a principle above mentioned bases, gave an order to reopen and continue the activity, also appropriated 1 rate of charge salary, which will be distributed among librarians working in 2 branches.
Observing above-mentioned problem’s positive outcome as important achievement of ALA activity – association will continue doing his mission promoting the protection of reading interests with caution and succession.