How did the formation of Belarusian libraries take place in the first half of the 20th century? Who could become a librarian? What is a magic lantern? Why is the first director of the Belarusian State Library I.B. Simanovsky proposed to reduce the area allotted for his apartment? Why were the library employees released from work for up to 3 days? The answer to these and many other questions can be found in the new resource of the National Library of Belarus.
The electronic resource "Formation and development of libraries in Belarus: archival documents" contains two sections "The social and cultural role of libraries in Belarus in the first half of the XX century." and "Formation and development of the National Library of Belarus in the first half of the XX century." They contain archaeographic records and annotations to more than 100 archival documents, revealing and detailing the issues of the formation and development of librarianship in this period. Each of the documents described reflects historical facts, events, milestones and ideas of various values, familiarity with which allows you to supplement the existing knowledge, to illustrate in more detail the main processes of the formation and development of library science in Belarus.
Analytical articles prepared on the basis of the analysis of the proposed documents and also presented in the resource allow to dive deeper into the history of the formation of the aggregate network of libraries in Belarus, to present their social and cultural role in the first half of the XX century, to get acquainted with some aspects of the creation and development of the National Library of Belarus in the same period.
The resource is addressed to theorists and practitioners of librarianship, culturologists, ethnographers, researchers of the culture of the Republic of Belarus, teachers, graduate students, students and everyone who is interested in the history and culture of Belarus.
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