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Activities of the libraries of the National Academy of Sciences in 2014

Within the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia 30 academic libraries are functioning: Fundamental Scientific Library (FSL), and 29 branch libraries of the specialized research institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
There are 3,036344 volumes in the collections of FSL. During the reporting year from different acquisition sources FSL has acquired 4345 items (including 2160 volumes of books and 2028 issues of periodicals and 157 items of other type).

In 2014 in all libraries of NAS 23848 patrons were served, whom 771387 units of books, magazines and other materials were borrowed. In the collections of all academic libraries exist 4,307,682 items. During the reporting year 11859 items were acquired.
FSL is involved in the book-exchange programs with 345 partners (libraries, museums, publishing houses, scientific organizations and universities) from different countries and has acquired 1418 items (132 volumes of books, 1286 of scientific journals). FSL has sent to its partners 1608 items (173 volumes of books and 1435 journals) published by the NAS.
Beginning from 2009 FSL on a regular basis is receiving 142 titles of scientific journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences. During the reported year 584 issues are already received.

FSL has organized 40 exhibitions of new arrivals and 4 thematic exhibitions in 2014, where 3176 items were exhibited. The most notable thematic exhibitions on significant dates and actual problems of the science were the following: "Maghakyan H.G. - 100", "Annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia", “Grigoryan S.V. - 80”, “ Jrbashyan R. – 80”.

FSL is cooperating with the Universities and other organizations providing them special literature. Thus FSL provided 300 copies of special literature to the "Vatche and Tamar Manoukian" library of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, research center of Artsakh to Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Artsakh.

The library continues to increase the amount of bibliographic records in the electronic catalogue. During the reporting year 42,770 new records of books, periodicals and other materials were added, 4203 of which were new arrivals. Now 472,220 titles are inserted in the catalog of bibliographic records of FSL.

Extensive works has been carried out on creation of the portal “ARMENIACA”. Digitization and mounting on the site of the library of the Armenian rare books (1512-1800), Early Armenian books (1801-1850), Armenian books (1851-1920), scientific journals of the NAS of Armenia (from the first years of publication up to now) on the basis of open access are carried out.

Currently the database contains:
Armenian Book 1512-1800 – 747 copies
Armenian Book 1801-1850 – 885 copies
Armenian Book 1851-1900 – 328 copies
Armenian Book 1900-1920 – 280 copies
Armenian printing 400 – 883 copis
Serial publications of NAS – 471 copies
Mass Media about the Science – 13 copies of newspapers
Biographical bibliographies of the Academicians of the NAS – 124 copies
Presidents of the NAS – 5 copies
In 2014 the following items were mounted:
Serial publications of NAS – 69copies
Coninuous publications of the NAS – 405 copies
From the serry of “Daredevils of Sassoun” – 21 copies
From the serry of “Founder Academicians” – 139 copies
The design of the newly created database “Bibliographies” is started.

Providing dissemination of electronic materials on Armenian Studies and creation of their multilingual content FSL has digitalized 15 titles of serial publications and 27 titles of continuous publications published by academic research institutions such as Institutes of History, Oriental Studies, Archaeology and Ethnography, Language, Literature of the National Academy of Sciences. More than 6307 articles, 125350 pages are scanned and placed on the Webpage. The works on digitization and placing on our website of the official magazine of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin “Etchmiadzin” 1944-2014 (63608 pages) are completed.

It should be noted that these works are progressing more quickly and efficiently, as our Library and The National Library of Armenia perform the above tasks together.
The "Armenian periodicals" catalog includes journals and newspapers published from 1794 until the present day written in Armenian and in foreign languages. 129 titles (30102 pages) of newspapers and 109 magazine titles (208813 pages) are entered in this database.
These works will be continued during the coming years too.
The library continued its cooperation with editorial boards of the magazines "Armenian Journal of Mathematics" and "Armenian Journal of Physics " supporting with the mounting the articles of the journal to the Web.
The activities were continued on maintaining of the databases “Biographical bibliographies of the academicians of the NAS RA"(14 biographical bibliographies are added) and "The press about the Science". In the section of " Biographical Bibliographies of the Academicians of NAS " a new folder "Foreign members of the NAS of RA" is created (9 biographical bibliographies).

All these databases are available from the FSL website.
In 2014 FSL's Digital Library had more than 130,000 visitors.
The computer network of FSL has expanded. The library is equipped with a powerful computer network that ensures protection of archived materials and provides them online.
FSL, as a methodical center, supports the libraries of the academician institutions, in working in terms of modernization. As a result 15 libraries of the academician institutions are actively involved in the works of shaping of the Union electronic catalog and have entered 9650 titles during the reported year. The efficiency of protection of the service station and software environment of the Institutions’ Union electronic catalog is performed by the staff of the FSL.

Meetings, seminars and discussions on modern trends in the library work with the directors, researchers and librarians of the Research Institutes of National Academy of Sciences were periodically organized. The courses for librarians of the Research Institutions of National Academy of Sciences were organized in order to implement the automation of library processes in the libraries of these institutions.