An Initiative of the Kyiv Mohyla Library and Kyiv Mohyla Foundation
With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID,) the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation, partnering with the Library of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and with collaboration of experts from Northwestern University, established the Electronic Library of Ukraine (ELibUkr©) in 2009 (http://www.elibukr.org/; http://www.library.ukma.kiev.ua).
ELibUkr is a nation-wide linked Electronic Library network that provides access to the world’s digitized network of academic and research information. The project includes increased access to the world’s databases and to Ukrainian national digital depositories, technical and management infrastructure, assistance and training of librarians and users, and university collaboration with and among academic, business, government and civic institutions.
ELibUkr has achieved and surpassed its stated goals for the first year. The first year plan called for the establishment of necessary infrastructure, access to basic global data bases, training of trainers and users, and the participation of three major universities. By the end of the first year, the project serves seven major academic libraries through a central server and a strategically designed portal/webpage. The ELibUkr provides access to a variety of paid and free data bases for the members of the university consortium. The project’s executive board conducted 64 training sessions throughout Ukraine. One of the most exciting achievements of the project in its first year has been the formation of a collaborative spirit and organization of the country’s university library directors and librarians.
This is a critical time for Ukraine due to numerous factors, including growing foreign influence, misinformation and the lack of accurate information. The ELibUkr project will have national and international implications on the development of a civil society, organizational behavior, public administration, and management in public and private affairs. Unbiased, transparent information is crucial to the future of Ukraine.
The management of ELibUkr is continuously pursuing necessary funding to continue its work. Great nations support and finance their libraries because they understand their indispensable role and consequence in nation-building. The Kyiv Mohyla Foundation is continually promoting funding for the ELibUkr project from the Ukrainian government. It is hoped that the Ukrainian government will do what governments of other countries do - support the country’s electronic libraries so that Ukraine can achieve international academic, economic and political integration, standards and competitiveness. Support from individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations is sought for this nation-wide endeavor.
The support and enthusiasm of the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy for this nation-wide project and its goals has been the key to the project’s sustainability and success. The project has developed and succeeded through the tireless efforts of the project’s executive director, Tetiana Yaroshenko, and the executive management team, and the support of the board of directors and advisors.
Electronic Library of Ukraine – ELibUkr
Board of Directors
Marta Farion, Chairman - Pesident of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation of America
Executive Management Board (EMB)
Tetiana Yaroshenko, Executive Director – Vice-President for IT and University Librarian of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Board of Advisors (in alphabetical order)
Olesia Arkhypska - Director of Information and Communication at International Renaissance Foundation (Ukraine)
Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America (KMFA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established to support and assist the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy to reach excellence in education and research, to help students and faculty achieve personal and intellectual growth and to contribute to Ukraine’s democratic reform through education with a focus on the rule of law, sustained economic growth and academic collaboration with business and civic institutions within the global community of nations.