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University of Iowa News Release

June 28, 2005

Russian Visitors To Explore American Library Programs June 29-July 2.

Eight visitors from Russia will be in Iowa City Wednesday, June 29, through Saturday, July 2, to explore the innovative ideas and contemporary communication tools implemented by American librarians and information specialists. This visit is sponsored by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Program.

The visitors will travel across the United States on a three-week study tour. Through meetings with their counterparts at the federal, state and local level, they will have the opportunity to learn of model American library programs and the tools librarians find the most useful in developing programs which provide skills young people need to function well in society.

The visitors include: Irina Valentinovna Zhgileva, deputy director of the Amur Regional Library for Children and Youth in Blagoveshchensk; Nadezhda Vladimirovna Tatarinova, deputy coordinator of the American Corner, Central City Public Library in St. Petersburg; Natalya Ivanovna Bochkareva, director of the Oblast Children Library in Nizhniy Novgorod; Olga Viktorovna Kosareva, coordinator of the American Corner, Russian Children Library in Moscow; Yuliya Vladimirovna Samodova, librarian at the American Center in Moscow; Galina Anatolyevna Braga, section head at the Oblast Children Library in Kemerovo; Irina Valeryevna Proskurina, deputy director of the City State Children Library in Belgorod; and Nadezhda Vasilyevna Loginova, leading librarian of the Sverdlovsk Regional Library for Youth and Kids in Yekaterinburg

On Thursday, June 30, the group will tour the University of Iowa Main Library and the School of Library and Information Sciences in the morning, and will visit United Action for Youth, a local organization that offers support services for at-risk youth, in the afternoon. They will also visit the Children's Library at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

On Friday, July 1, the visitors will tour the Iowa City Public Library with special emphasis on services for children and youth. They will also visit the media center at Wickham Elementary School in Coralville. The afternoon will be spent at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," said Tom Baldridge, CIVIC executive director. It's one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program. The other is in Des Moines.

CIVIC also is looking for volunteers to help arrange itineraries for visitors. For more information or complete itinerary, call the CIVIC office at 335-0351 or Jeanne Cadoret, CIVIC board president, at 644-2746. The CIVIC office is in Room 38 of the UI's International Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off of Park Road.

CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Kent Nguyen