The Centre collaborates with regional and municipal libraries that serve young people. We advise libraries in the regions, analyze libraries' work, and develop methodologies for different aspects of young adult library services.
The Centre was established in 2007. At the same time, was launched to support all libraries and organizations that serve young people. It is visited by 800-900 people daily. Apart from a lot of publications, it has an online reference service which answers questions concerning libraries.
In 2012, RSLYA staff wrote the Guidelines for Young Adult Library Services in Russian Public Libraries, which are based on the library's innovative activities.
The Centre organizes professional national and international conferences, forums, round table discussions, competitions etc. as well as educational events professional training courses, traineeships, workshops, etc.
Since 2009, every two years there is an international Congress on Modern Young People at the Modern Library. Over the years, librarians from Belarus, China, Finland, France, Greece, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Sweden, Ukraine, and Vietnam have taken part in the Congress.
In 2015, RSLYA launched more educational projects in the form of webinars for librarians and young adult services specialists. One of them is the Effective Library Open Online School which is mainly for library leaders and directors. The second is the Best Library Programmes for Young Adults Webinar meant for young adult librarians, specialists of young adults/youth libraries, public libraries which already have or plan to create rooms for young adults, youth departments or youth zones.
A monthly online newspaper called was launched in March 2015 to communicate information for and about young adults and libraries.
Ms. Marina Zakharenko, deputy director on research and methodology, Ph.D. in education
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