Public library invites on virtual trip to Arctic

Public library invites on virtual trip to Arctic

September 17, 2021

The In the Footsteps of Polar Explorers exhibition has opened on the Central Library System website.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The pandemic activated a virtual resource in the work of Norilsk librarians, including local historians.

The local history sector of the library dedicated another virtual exhibition to the Arctic explorers – the heroes of the day.

In 2021, the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen and three Soviet researchers: Rudolf Samoilovich, Otto Schmidt and Georgy Ushakov have round dates. All the heroes of the day were associated with Taimyr. Georgy Ushakov together with the discoverer of Norilsk Nikolay Urvantsev made a map of Severnaya Zemlya. Nansen visited Dudinka. Otto Schmidt and Rudolf Samoilovich also flew to the Arctic Circle, and the director of the Institute for the Study of the North did this on the Graf Zeppelin airship.

The creators of the virtual exhibition have chosen ten editions from the collections of the Central Library System dedicated to the jubilees for the exposition. Unconditional rarities are the reprint of Nansen’s book Into the Country of the Future published in 1915 and one of the first complete Nansen’s biographies of the Soviet period, written by Alexander Talanov.

The exhibition introduces just the books’ titles and their bibliographic descriptions. You can look through the Northern Encyclopedia, Chronicles of the North, Mikhail Belov’s book On the Footsteps of Polar Expeditions or the rare Tale of the Ice Commissioner (Otto Schmidt) by Mikhail Vodopyanov offline only, in the library reading room.

According to the author of the project, the local history sector head Elvira Nagaeva, acquaintance with virtual expositions often inspires readers go to 20a Leninsky prospect, to the library, therefore librarians have many plans for this resource.

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September 17, 2021

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