In Creation of New Partnerships

The digitization of materials in Finno-Ugric languages in the national libraries operating in the Russian Federation has grown significantly during the past few years. Many Russian libraries have established their own digital collections and given the public either full or restricted access to the materials. The assumption is that the digitization and improved accessibility to Finno-Ugric materials both old and new promotes the language learning of native speakers of these languages. These Finno-Ugric languages can be thought to represent a crucial resource or the worldview of their communities, cultures and traditions – and culture, traditions and the worldview are best transmitted in free use of the native language.

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Material from the Komi National Library Accessible through Uralica

With the help of fund, received from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Cultures, we are developing the Uralica service that aims to bring together libraries and other institutions that possess digital content in Uralic languages. The latest addition was made last week, when we linked some digitized material from the Komi National Library onto Uralica. The linked material in Komi can be accessed here.