13 April 2012
Ukraine: BSLA workshop on advocacy and partnerships
On February 7-9, 2012, 25 librarians from all parts of Ukraine participated in the BSLA workshop on advocacy and partnerships. This workshop was organized by the Ukrainian Library Association (ULA), Bibliomist program and the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.
Led by IFLA trainer Gillian Hallam, national trainer Valentyna Pashkova and by the ULA Executive Director Yaroslava Soshynska, the workshop helped to build on the advocacy skills and develop better understanding of partnerships for the development of library associations and the library field. During the workshop, the participants worked through the appropriate BSLA programme modules and developed plans for several advocacy campaigns, for instance on building the new building for the main public library in the capital of Ukraine.
There was a good blend of the "IFLA-focus" learning activities and some very relevant Ukrainian professional issues. A real live case study -- the webcast press conference to announce the winners of the next round of Bibliomist supported Internet facilities in public libraries – was incorporated in the program of the workshop. It was a good opportunity for participants to see the results of the ULA advocacy efforts and the importance of partnerships.
More information about the Building Strong Library Associations programme
is available on the IFLA website, and more information about the
Ukrainian Library Association’s participation is available in their country report.