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Digital Libraries in Russia
Increasing importance of social media tools

For years digital services took a very humble place among other types of library services. During the COVID-19 crisis the role of digital offerings has become significantly more important. Nowadays most of the libraries in Russia, no matter how small they are, use technology to improve services for customers.

By Daria Klenova

By using digital tools modern libraries aim to:

  • Attract customers to library services
  • Make library services more accessible
  • Help users to learn new skills
  • Provide users with a variety of information 
Social media is playing an increasingly important role in engaging library users. Before 2020 social media activity was just a complementary way of informing customers. Now Instagram, Facebook and VKontakte (national social media) have become the main link between libraries and service users.
 

Librarians all over the country have been obliged to acquire social media skills in order to gain a competitive advantage.

Daria Klenova

Librarians all over the country have been obliged to acquire social media skills in order to gain a competitive advantage. During the crisis, libraries started working on increasing the quality of their digital services, as well as increasing the range of digital services on offer. The most popular digital services offered by libraries include:
  • Online research services
  • App-based access to libraries’ materials
  • Book, audio, and video recommendation schemes
  • Educational services: master-classes, workshops, open lessons, lectures
National libraries continue to do everything possible to ensure that their users are well-supplied with things to read, watch, learn and do.
 
I believe that the digital services offered by libraries are now more important than ever before. Library advocates from all over the world should work together to keep up with contemporary trends, share successful practices and create a strong international network. My personal aim is to continue fostering positive changes in the field of digital library services.

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