National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi
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The Opening Ceremony and the plenary session of the 8th International Conference “Central Asia-2014”
The Opening Ceremony and Plenary session of VIII International Conference "Central Asia -2014: the Internet and Library Information Resources in Science, Education, Culture and Business" was held in the Kashkadarya province Music and Drama Theater named after Mullah Tuychi in Karshi.
The goal of the conference is to enhance the activities of all types of  libraries, educational institutions, archives, museums and other organizations of the Republic of Uzbekistan for effective and efficient collaboration in the development and application of electronic information resources in science, education, culture and business.
There was a presentation of the book “Books open the world” from the publishers of Uzbekistan at the Theatre’s lobby and the exhibition of new published materials: children’s books, magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, scientific and fiction books. The exhibition was organized by Kashkadarya province Department Agency of Press and Information.
At the Plenary session took part  representatives of Communication, Information and Telecommunication Technologies State Committee, Legislative chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi,  Ministry on Affairs of culture and sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ministry of Higher and Secondary education of the Republic of Uzbekistan and participants from other organizations, as well as representatives of foreign countries such as the USA, Germany, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan.
At the conference were presented reports : "Library is a gateway to knowledge" by Krista Pikkat, Representative of UNESCO’s office in Uzbekistan, "Building, maintaining and providing access to a specialized collection of legal information poses specific challenges" by David Mao, Director of the Law library of Congress USA, "Presidential Library electronic resources as an object of query search engines" by ) Andrey Zaitsev, head of Web-site support department of the Presidential library named after B.N.Yeltsin (Russia):, "Library Associations in Germany: its  history and present situation" by Frank Redies, Chief of Germany Library Association, "National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan in assistance to researchers of Kazakhstan” by  Bagdat Shaimerdenova,  Head of dissertation division of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan, “Resources and technologies SPSTL: current state and prospects of development" by Boris Elepov,  doctor of technical sciences, professor, Director of the State Public Science and Technology  Library of Siberian Branch of  Russian Academy of Sciences, "Project activities of the National Library of Uzbekistan" by Ishmatov Alisher, Deputy Director of the National Library of Uzbekistan, "Last 20 years in focus on the impact of the Internet" by Valorie Lee, Information Resources Officer of the Department of State (USA), "Public relations work for small libraries with low budgets" by Vesna Steyer, Director of the Germany Library Association (Berlin Police Library), "Exlibris: production for libraries" by Sergey Dotsenko,  Sales manager of "Exlibris” company, "MyBib eL: Legally sounds presentation of copyrighted material in digital collections" by Michael Lutgen,  Sales Manager of “Zeutschel” company.
Doubtless, that conference played an important role, particularly, in the development of science, education and culture timely information. The implementation of new technologies plays a significant part in improvement process of libraries’ activities. Participants exchanged their views about the importance and role of information libraries in the fields of science, education, culture and business, as well as on development of information and library science in Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, the USA, Ukraine and Germany.
At the meetings of the conference, which lasted until 25 April, were discussed:
• Legislative and normative base of information and library activities;
• Copyright and intellectual property, the role and importance of information and library resources in the development of science and technology;
• Open access to dissertations, library information resources in education, the tasks of information-resource centers;
• Single  information space in the sphere of culture and art, 
• Interaction of  information and library institutions with publishers, archives and museums, 
• Library information resources and business: innovations, interaction and cooperation 
And the questions of retraining and improving the qualifications of informative-librarian staff were also discussed.
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