Starikova Svetlana Mikhailovna finished the library department of the Kazan State Institute of Culture as a librarian-bibliographer of technical literature (1983). She worked as a senior librarian of the Central Scientific and Technical Library in the factory “Promtractor and later was its director.
Svetlana Mikhailovna has been working in the National Library of the Chuvash Republic since 1997. First she worked as a chief bibliographer, then as the head of Marketing and Innovation Department from March 1999 to September 2001. From September 2001 to December 2002 she was a Deputy Director of Planning and Development. In December 2002 she was appointed the Director of the National Library of the Chuvash Republic.
Svetlana Mikhailovna contributed to the development of librarianship in the Republic. With her determination and ability to aim staff’s efforts at the solution of problems, she managed to implement the edict of the President of the Chuvash Republic “On creation of county model libraries in the Chuvash Republic” – 500 model county libraries were opened.
Under Svetlana Mikhailovna’s supervision were created a corporate network of the republic’s libraries; Electronic National Library; websites “Heritage of the Chuvash Culture” and “The World of Chuvash Libraries”. The National Library of the Chuvash Republic was included into the corporation of the libraries of the North-Western Region (RUSLANET), ARBIKON (Association of Regional Library Consortiums) and MARS. The library takes part in the development of the general catalogue of Russian librarires.
Svetlana Mikhailovna plays a great role in the project management of the library. Many projects in preservation of library collections are implemented annually. She developed the project of the Chuvash Regional Centre of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library to be a part of the national Library. She took part in implementing such innovative projects as Annual Interregional Festival of National Book, Centre of Open Access to Internet, training centre “The World of Unlimited Informational Opportunities”, opening of the regional centre for the most valuable books.
Under her governance the National Library of the Chuvash Republic acquired a new reconstructed building which was one of the most important events in the republic lately.
In 2007 the staff of the National Library headed by S. M. Starikova got a certificate of appreciation from the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation for the contribution to the development of librarianship.
Since 2004 she is a member of the collegiums of the Ministry of Culture, Ethnic Affairs and Archiving of the Chuvash Republic. In 2005 Svetlana Mikhailovna received the title “The Honoured Worker of Culture of the Chuvash Republic” for great contribution to the development of librarianship in the republic.
In December 2010 Svetlana Mikhailovna Starikova was given the title “The Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation”.