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NArFU’s Intellectual Center and Norwegian Libraries Set to Create a Common Space for Cooperation

The representatives of NArFU have attended the kick-off meeting hosted 28 May to 2 June by the international project «Bridging Libraries across Boarders: Towards New Vision and Role in Society».

NArFU’s delegation consisted of Liubov Zarubina, Head of International Cooperation Department; Svetlana Pirogova, Head of International Partnerships Unit; Svetlana Tyukina and Elena Belyaeva, NArFU Scientific Library Deputy Directors; and Margarita Osipova, Reading Hall Manager.

Supported with the grant from the Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the project seeks to promote cooperation in the field of cultural outreach, informational technologies and how these can be applied to library services.

During their visit, the project participants had a tour around the municipal libraries of Bodø and Tromsø, and the libraries of Nord University and of the UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

A series of meeting was held that discussed the trends in library services, professional ethics, and how libraries shape readers’ choice and help them educate themselves. The experts believe that the main task posed to the present-day libraries is to guide visitors through the world of knowledge and information.

Also, NArFU’s delegation was introduced to stocks, structure, and distinctive features of Norwegian libraries. This is how director of the municipal library in Tromsø Pål Henrik Kielland sees the main task the libraries are designed to achieve in a community:

«The present-day library space is no longer a space with books and various carriers of information and culture, but rather a space for users and their creativity. This is a space designed to give freedom of conduct and self-expression.»

Mariann Løkse, Head of Tromsø University Library Services, suggested to discuss the issues concerning Open Science paradigm, how to tell information from fake news, how library services can be upgraded, and what makes educational setting multifunctional.

The meeting members also learned about Unge Stormen, a youth organization based in the municipal library of Bodø, which contributes a lot to the cultural life of the local community. The library hosts 300+ events annually. While the Nord University Library lays special focus on information literacy among users, the Tromsø University Library has developed a МООС course for bachelor’s degree student that teaches information search.

The Intellectual Center — NArFU Scientific Library has presented its own development model. It acts not only as learners’ supporter in academic and research activities, but also as a public space for students and residents. The world’s and Russia’s experience show that the present-day university library now functions as a user-friendly information center that is actively promoting new services and technologies, and offers full access to information. This development model has aroused interest among Norwegian partners.

On the list of the upcoming events are the Days of Russia in Bodø; and the seminar on how libraries can be promoted in today’s world «Smart libraries create smart communities-towards a visionary strategy for libraries».

September will see the Norwegian project partners coming to Arkhangelsk to learn more about NArFU Intellectual Center. Among the outcomes of the project is a shared network that would promote occupational cooperation and facilitate ideas about how users can spend their free time in an ‘intellectual’ way. The project participants will be able to exchange experiences and expand their partner network, while also serving as a bridge for more contacts.

Seminar material:

Tromsø Library and City Archive

About Stormen library

Scientific Library’s Involvement in Local Community Development

Intellectual Center — E.I. Ovsyankin Scientific Library
International Cooperation Department

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Bibliobridge Connects Arkhangelsk and Bodø


Nikolai Danilov, an employee of NArFU Intellectual Center — E.I. Ovsyankin Scientific Library, has visited Stormen Library and Nord University Library in the framework of the project «BiblioBridge: Bridging Libraries Across Borders: Towards New Vision and Role in Society». The project is supported by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and aimed at developing cooperation in information and library technologies, culture and education.

During his visit associated with the Days of the Arctic Mr. Danilov presented to the Norwegian colleagues and students his own original creation — the board game «Arctic Sailors» — and told about the Russian history of Arctic exploration.

One of the project’s goals consists in introducing Norwegian readers to Russian culture and literature. In this context, the audience was shown a series of booktrailers created by NArFU students and dedicated to Russian and Norwegian literary classics.

One of the highlights of the visit was a friendly online chess game between the representatives of NArFU Chess Academy and students from Nord University. The parties also discussed the initiative of a chess competition between Arctic universities.

In 2016 Nikolai Danilov participated in the Arctic Floating University expedition. The photos of the Arctic taken during the expedition provided the basis for the exposition «Hello, Arctic!» displayed at Stormen Library in Bodø.


NArFU Library Launches Arctic Explorers Exhibition

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The initiative is implemented under the international project «Bibliobridge: Arctic Explorers & Towards a New Vision» funded by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. The exposition centers on Norwegian and Russian polar heroes that have set a mark in the history of polar explorations.

The opening ceremony was attended by Andrey Shalyov, Norway’s Honorary Consul and Head of the Barents Secretariat in Arkhangelsk, and gathered representatives of all Norwegian partner libraries who addressed the project team via skype.

«The idea was to find parallels in the personalities of Norwegian and Russian explorers and teach polar history across borders. When we were discussing the possibility of turning the spotlight on female Arctic explorers, our Norwegian colleagues proposed to tell the story of Hanna Resvoll-Holmsen, who studied Svalbard. From our side there is Ksenia Gemp, with her seaweed research and long history of expeditions. We also looked for characters connecting our countries and found Alexander Kuchin and Gennady Olonkin, both natives of what is now Onega District. Alexander Kuchin, who together with Roald Amundsen explored the route to the South Pole aboard the Fram, was also one of the writers of a Russian-Norwegian dictionary. Engineer and meteorologist Gennady Olonkin accompanied Amundsen on board the Maud, received the Norwegian Order of Saint Olav and took Norwegian citizenship,» explained Svetlana Tyukina, Deputy Director at NArFU Research Library.

Several stands are devoted to contemporary Arctic studies. Research conducted by the organizers also revealed similarities between Arctic research vessels: the «Professor Molchanov» hosting the Arctic Floating University expeditions has a Norwegian sister ship — UiT’s «Kronprince Haakon», also used for student research travels.

A similar exhibition is simultaneously held in Bodø, Norway. The initiative is primarily aimed at educating the schoolchildren and academia of Norway and Russia on the shared history of polar research.

«I am really proud of the result of this project — a tangible exhibition developed as part of the Bibliobridge cooperation between Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk, the Library at the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø, the Public Library and Archives in Tromsø, and Stormen Library in Bodø.

In both countries we know a lot about polar explorers, but we in Norway know little about the Russian ones, and you know little about the more unknown explorers from Norway. Together we have all learned a lot about the traces of Norwegian and Russian polar heroes, and about our joint heroes, as Alexander Kuchin. I really look forward to telling all the exciting and important stories to school children from Tromsø and Bodø,» shared Trud Berg, Director at Stormen Library in Bodø and the project’s coordinator.

The exhibition will provide content for children’s classes at NArFU Library and lectures in the framework of the university’s traditional Days of the Arctic scheduled for the end of February. In addition, the Arctic Fund website now has an English section on Arctic explorers telling the stories of polar heroes and displaying relevant bibliography. The section will be regularly updated with archive materials from Russian and Norwegian libraries.

About the project:

The Russian-Norwegian library project «Bibliobridgе» was kicked off in 2017. The project focuses on the development of cooperation with the Norwegian libraries in Bodø and Tromsø in the field of education, information and library technologies.

During the first project periods the partners visited each other and experienced how the different libraries operate on a daily basis. In the framework of the project «Bibliobridge: Bridging Libraries Across Borders: Towards New Vision and Role in Society» experts shared their experience of developing open access resources and innovative courses aimed at building academic and research skills.

In 2019 the partner libraries embarked on the action project «Bibliobridge — Reading the Arctic» aimed at gathering information about the pioneers of Arctic travel from the Russian and Norwegian side. Under the project «Bibliobridge: Arctic Explorers & Towards a New Vision», the year 2020 has been dedicated to Russian and Norwegian Arctic explorers.

The project’s new line of activity will involve organizing a seminar on the currently extremely relevant topic of information literacy and critical thinking skills development.

Project partners:

  • Stormen Library in Bodø, Norway;
  • NArFU Intellectual Centre — Research Library, Arkhangelsk, Russia;
  • University Library — UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway;
  • Tromsø Public library and City Archives, Norway

Last Updated on 17 December 2020