ERIC Number: ED176722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Soviet Library System and Its Planning. Reaction Paper by Alphonse F. Trezza.
Serov, V. V.
The mechanics of the Soviet library system, the availability of libraries to the citizenry, organizational components, and the development and planning principles of librarianship as they follow Leninist national policy are discussed in this paper by V.V. Serov, Head of the Main Library Directorate, USSR Ministry of Culture. A program of library system construction within the socialist state designed by V.I. Lenin stresses the role of libraries in disseminating knowledge and politically educating the working people. The Decree of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union further developed the library's role and centralized the library network structure. State control ensures the availability of library services to all Soviet citizens, beginning with public libraries and extending to specialized facilities for scientific and technical professionals. The State oversees the centralized library network, providing equipment and techniques, methodological and research activities, library construction, and preparation of library staff. Problems still exist with centralized acquisition, the preparation of library personnel, and the improvement of the material and technical base of many libraries. In a comment paper, Alphonse Trezza, Executive Director of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, discusses library service and future planning implications in the United States as compared with the Soviet library system. (CWM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Translations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States; USSR
Note: Papers presented at the Soviet-American Library Seminar (1st, Washington, D.C., May 4-6, 1979); For related documents, see IR 007 541-547; Best copy available