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Nuclear Information at Your Fingertips: IAEA Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day

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Visitors enjoying nuclear literature at IAEA's World Book and Copyright Day exhibition. (Photo: D.Calma/IAEA)

Celebrating the annual World Book and Copyright Day, the IAEA highlighted the importance of nuclear information sharing and promoting access to trusted, up-to-date nuclear literature and information resources.  

“Good education is firstly about finding information and secondly about understanding,” said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, on the occasion. “Young scientists working in the nuclear industry can use and benefit from the IAEA Library’s collection through inter-library loans, as well as access a vast amount of material online through the International Nuclear Information System (INIS).

At a day-long exhibition yesterday, staff members and visitors to the Vienna International Centre had a chance to explore the IAEA’s nuclear literature and electronic information services. Multimedia displays showcased the Agency's scientific and technical publications, along with the history of the IAEA, which celebrates its 60-year anniversary.

 

Young scientists working in the nuclear industry can use and benefit from the IAEA Library's collection through inter-library loans, as well as access a vast amount of material online through the International Nuclear Information System.
Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy

From print to electronic resources

Vienna International Centre staff and visitors learn more about the information, research and electronic services of the IAEA Library. (Photo: T.Kalapurackal/IAEA)

With the ever-increasing number of books, articles and reports available online, access to nuclear information has become easier. “Electronic books allow you to carry a whole library with you,” Chudakov emphasized. “However, younger generations should understand the importance of not only knowing where and how to find information, but also be able to compare different opinions and sources in order to extract what is really needed.”

Global celebration

Yvonne Gimpel, Deputy Secretary-General, Austrian Commission for UNESCO, speaks on the occasion of the World Book Day at the Vienna International Centre. (Photo: T.Kalapurackal/IAEA)

In 1995, UNESCO proclaimed 23 April the World Book and Copyright Day, as it is on this date authors such as Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega passed away, and other prominent writers were born.

“The IAEA is proud to participate in this global celebration of the enduring value of books, knowledge, information, cultural awareness, and libraries,” said Wei Huang, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management, during his opening remarks.

Yvonne Gimpel, Deputy Secretary General of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO and Head of Austrian Focal Point for the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, added: “Books are our link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and cultures.” Gimpel emphasized that libraries and archives are centres for long-term preserving and making accessible any documentary heritage – be it books, manuscripts, traditional paper documents or audio-visual material.

The libraries of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the Corporate Communications and Media Relations Division of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) also took part in this year’s World Book and Copyright Day celebration.

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