Vladimir Firsov

Moderator, Speaker
Deputy General Director, Russian National Library.
Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Leningrad State University (1978), Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences. Has been working in the National Library of Russia since 1969. His career took him from the head of the sociology of reading section to chairmanship in editorial and publishing and research methods departments, to the post of Deputy General Director for Research. Carries out extensive scientific and public activities.

Deputy Head of the Dissertation Council for Candidate and Doctor degrees at the Russian State Library, member of the Academic Council of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation (2012–2016), President of the Russian Library Association (2011–2017) and Chairman of the Standing Committee, Section on Library Policy and Legislation (at present), member of the Organizing Committee for the Support of Literature, Book Publishing and Reading in the Russian Federation.

President of the Editorial Board of Natsionalnaya Biblioteka Journal, member of editorial boards of journals Biblioteka, Nauchno-Tekhnicheskaya Biblioteka, Sovremennaya Biblioteka, and Universitetskaya Kniga.

Has the following state and public awards: Distinguished Worker of Science of the Russian Federation, Order of Honor, Medal of the Russian Library Association "For Contribution to Development of Libraries", a badge of "Service to Culture" of the Russian Creative Union of Workers of Culture.

Author of more than 400 scientific publications.