The message reads, in part:
“I would like to welcome the participants and guests of the 10th Forum of Young Librarians, which brought together library workers from different regions of the country, students of related departments at universities and secondary vocational schools, representatives of expert and public organisations.
In our country, libraries have always been and remain unique repositories of knowledge and centres of learning, education and useful leisure. Many generations of your predecessors, real enthusiasts and devotees, made a tremendous contribution to preserving our historical, cultural and moral assets and to introducing the rising generation to the rich heritage of domestic and foreign classics and the best works by modern authors.
Today, in the era of the effective development of advanced innovative technology, libraries should substantially expand the scope of their activities and become an important, inalienable part of the modern information infrastructure. To achieve this, it is necessary to introduce the best experience and practices, update book collections and upgrade the professional education of library workers. I am confident that such an approach fully meets the needs of our time.”