Bibliomist - Global Libraries Ukraine

Bibliomist - Global Libraries Ukraine

The Bibliomist program is helping Ukrainian libraries to better serve their communities through a countrywide system of public internet access and customized local services in libraries.

Bibliomist fosters the development of a modern public library system in Ukraine to improve socioeconomic conditions. Since 2014, Bibliomist libraries have also demonstrated their relevance during times of crisis, offering new services for those displaced by armed conflict and connecting communities to vital information about reforms and decentralization.

Bibliomist - Global Libraries Ukraine

The Bibliomist program is helping Ukrainian libraries to better serve their communities through a countrywide system of public internet access and customized local services in libraries.

Bibliomist fosters the development of a modern public library system in Ukraine to improve socioeconomic conditions. Since 2014, Bibliomist libraries have also demonstrated their relevance during times of crisis, offering new services for those displaced by armed conflict and connecting communities to vital information about reforms and decentralization.

Quick Facts

Highlights from the past seven years of Bibliomist:

  • Bibliomist empowered more than 4,000 librarians with 21st-century skills to help them serve the needs of their communities.
  • The program modernized 1,930 libraries, equipping them with technology and free public access to the internet.
  • Bibliomist libraries hosted nearly half a million unique patrons annually and 60 million total visits.
  • Bibliomist supported partnerships between local governments, libraries, and NGOs for community development and for new services to promote access to information. The project has provided training on e-governance tools to more than 430 government officials, 2,000 citizens, and 1,800 librarians.
  • The program generated an estimated $1 million in income tax revenue for the Government of Ukraine from more than 4,000 successful job seekers at libraries.
  • Bibliomist libraries became agile partners that helped meet rapidly evolving community needs. For example, 8,095 librarians received special training to provide services for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The librarians consulted with more than 7,000 IDPs, helping them access valuable information on how to participate in new election processes.

Goals

  • Equip libraries with technology so citizens have better access to timely and accurate information on health, employment, education, government services, and other resources to improve their lives.
  • Train librarians on how to use new technologies to provide better services to library visitors.
  • Help strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian Library Association to advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians.
  • Foster government support for recognition of the essential role of libraries in a modern society.
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People

Project Activities

  • Equip libraries: With $12.7 million in cofunding from local governments, Bibliomist equipped 1,930 libraries across Ukraine with new technology that enables free access to information for millions of Ukrainians.
  • Train librarians: Bibliomist and its local partners designed training materials and created training facilities in every oblast to foster innovation in the library system. Librarians now have the technology skills to provide computer and internet guidance to library users, offer locally responsive services for patrons, and help patrons become actively engaged in their communities. They have also developed partnerships with local organizations and government institutions to increase online content and services in the areas of health, e-government, economic and rural development, and education and culture.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Library Association: Bibliomist partnered with the Ukrainian Library Association, helping the organization to build sustainable administrative structures that can continue advocating for modern libraries and provide useful services to librarians throughout the country.
  • Foster government support: In addition to significant local government cofunding to match the program’s investment of new resources into libraries, Bibliomist and the Ukrainian Library Association actively worked with ministries, parliamentary committees, and interagency bodies such as the Open Government Partnership to promote the increased relevance and importance of libraries to today’s Ukrainian society. Libraries are now included in government strategies as key development partners with countrywide grassroots reach.

Partners

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Ukrainian Library Association

Contact

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