Bibliomist is excited to bring together more than 450 librarians and government officials from across Ukraine on April 11 for a Library Innovation and E-governance Fair. The event aims to create an environment where librarians can share experiences about the innovative services they offer and showcase to the government and the public how libraries improve communities and better the lives of their patrons. The fair will include an exposition of more than 50 booths from libraries highlighting their innovative services, as well as organizations offering services to libraries, publishers of electronic resources and technology firms. During the exhibition, a jury of members of parliament and government officials will select a number of the most innovative services to be recognized at the closing event of the fair. Visitors to the fair will also have a chance to vote for their favorite booth to receive the “people’s choice award”. Along with the exposition, the fair will offer a series of presentations, panels and trainings. Sessions include:
- Libraries as Community Centers;
- Libraries and Strategies for Cooperation with the Government;
- Funding and Partnership Opportunities for Libraries ;
- Sources of Electronic Government Information;
- Ministry of Education Presentation on its Electronic System of Admission to Universities;
- New Library Information and Outreach Channels;
- Web 2.0 and its Uses in Libraries;
- Library Outreach: Working with the Media;
- Electronic Books, a Library Resource; and
- Library Innovations Next Door: Experiences from Polish, Romanian and Lithuanian Libraries.
The event will be opened by Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Minister of Culture Mykhailo Kulyniak, Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative Deborah Jacobs and IREX President W. Robert Pearson and is co-organized with the Ukrainian Library Association, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy and the Parliamentary Development Program. Bibliomist is also happy to host international delegations of librarians and Global Libraries staff from Poland, Romania and Lithuania. For those that can’t make it, but would like to follow the event virtually, updates from the fair will be broadcast on twitter at #libexpoua. The opening of the event and segments of sessions will also be broadcast online at http://gurt.org.ua/libexpo/ .