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“I am a librarian”

As part of our work in Ukraine and Romania we hope to create new perceptions about what it means to do library work, both among librarians and the general population. As part of that effort, we’re highlighting some librarians who don’t fit in to the usual librarian stereotype. Take a look at this video about Nataliya Miroshnychenko, a librarian and avid blogger from Kherson, Ukraine.

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A little while back we posted the “tomato video” showing how farmers in rural Ukraine used a library computer to find information about improving their tomato crops. Here’s a new video, this time about a visually impaired journalist who was able to transition from a typewriter to a computer with help from a local library.

The library was equipped with computers and software for visually impaired people as part of the Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) implemented by IREX and funded by the US Government.

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Computers arriving in Romania

Here’s something cheery to watch on a Monday – children in Valcea County, Romania, have their first encounter with the equipment provided by the Biblionet program. We’re just two days away from the first “official” ribbon-cutting, but couldn’t resist sharing this now.

Video courtesy of Valentin Smedescu.

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One of the goals for the Bibliomist launch was to showcase concrete ways in which libraries enrich their communities. Check out this video featuring a town that used internet resources to dramatically improve their tomato crops – the video was shown at the launch event. The library received computers through the Library Electronic Access Project (LEAP) administered by the U.S. Embassy.

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Bibliomist Ukraine Launch Event

The official kick-off of our Ukraine project took place today with a full day of events, including the ribbon cutting at the new national training center, visits to libraries, and, of course, a party. Video of the speeches is available on the Bibliomist website (there is concurrent translation, so all the speeches are in Ukrainian & English).

Kudos to our Kyiv team for putting in an extraordinary effort to make the Bibliomist launch such a successful event.

Here’s the official press release:

PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN UKRAINE OPEN A NEW CHAPTER

Support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will Help Transform Public Libraries in Ukraine into Community Centers through Computers and Internet Access

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine to foster the development of a modern public library system in Ukraine through the Bibliomist program. Bibliomist will work together with national and local governments across Ukraine to help libraries better serve their communities through training and technology. Bibliomist is supported by a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The four-year program will equip more than 1,000 public libraries in Ukraine with access to computers and the Internet. It will also train librarians how to introduce innovative services and strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian Library Association (ULA), so it can continue to support and advocate for modern libraries in Ukraine.

In support of the goals of the program, Microsoft Corp., a partner of the foundation’s Global Libraries initiative, will donate an estimated $4.4 million in software to Ukraine’s public libraries. Shared access to computing is a priority for Microsoft Ukraine through its Unlimited Potential program, which donates software to non-profits and sponsors e-skills trainings throughout Ukraine. (more…)

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The US Embassy Libraries organized a series of webchats during the IFLA conference. I was delighted to be one of the presenters, focusing on the work I do with IRRT’s Sister Libraries Committee.

The chats have been preserved on the website of the US embassy in Italy, including presentations by luminaries such as Michael Stephens, Barbara Ford, and Camilla Alire. I can’t bring myself to watch mine, so please don’t say anything if it turns out I didn’t make any sense.

Three cheers for the librarians at the Department of State for organizing these webchats!

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Highlights from the Community Development, Technology & Libraries event we co-hosted with DCPL back in June.

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