Mikhail Kotyukov: INION’ book reproduction takes 150 years

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Vladimir Fortov, the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, estimates the losses after a fire in the library of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences: the fifth part of funds is gone.

Considering the methods Russia uses to reproduce the books lost during a fire in INION the process will last 150 years. It’s the opinion of Mikhail Kotyukov, the Head of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations.

“If we use the methods available only in Russia we’ll spend 154 years to restore the library,” specifies Kotyukov

“That’s why INION prepares a program that includes an array of different technologies, we receive the support from Siberia and St. Petersburg,” he adds.

The INION Library, situated in Moscow, possesses one of the biggest Russian collections of books written in Slavic languages. According to the 2014 data, its funds hold 14.2 million units of storage, among them are 6 million books, including rare books of the 16th – 20 centuries, documents from the UN and League of Nations, US Parliamentary Reports (from 1789), UK Parliamentary Reports (from 1803) and more than 450 000 monographs and thesis works.

A fire in the library

A fire in INION’s library took place on January 30, and the works on its fighting finished only on February 2. As a result the library lost 5.42 million items. Considering duplicates, poor value editions and editions pending write-off, the actual INION’s losses are 2.32 million exemplars.

As Vladimir Fortov states, it’s the fifth part of all the library’s funds.

Text and pictures by TA