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Symposium Recap: Ukrainian Libraries within the Ongoing Russian-Ukrainian Battle – SJSU


Printed: June 22, 2022 by
Eori Tokunaga

The San Jose State College iSchool offered a symposium on
June 15, 2022, relating to the circumstances and providers of Ukrainian
Libraries throughout the Russian-Ukrainian struggle. The viewers was
welcomed by iSchool Director Anthony Chow and Assistant Professor
Ulia Gosart, with Ukrainian and English translations supplied by
Oleksii Deikun.

“I want to thank everybody who got here from Ukraine, from the
US and Europe, and in addition from all around the world!” — Assistant
Professor Ulia Gosart

Oksana Boiarynova, Ukrainian Library Affiliation

Oksana Boiarynova, consultant of the Ukrainian Library
Affiliation (ULA), led the opening remarks along with her presentation,
reminding us that Russian authorities have led a full-scale
invasion of Ukraine for 112 days, as of June 15, 2022. Following
her tackle, Boiarynova requested for a second of silence “in
remembrance of all of the Ukrainians perished throughout the struggle with

Boiarynova touched on a number of the
atrocities which have occurred in Ukraine because of Russian
occupation, together with the destruction of Ukrainian historic
literature, in addition to the deaths of over 62 civilians, which
embody two librarians, throughout the shelling at Kramatorsk Railway
Station. However, Boiarynova reported that many libraries in
Ukraine are working with little funding to keep up key workers
solely and are gathering assist from local people members to
present social providers. Moreover, Boiarynova inspired
librarians to turn out to be lively moderators of the worldwide
platform #MyWar, in
order to keep up correct info, as “its mission entails
amassing oral tales of eyewitnesses on the struggle in Ukraine.”

“We do know that we’re not alone on this wrestle. In these
darkish and tough instances…I’m eternally grateful for every thing
executed for Ukraine.”  ULA consultant Oksana
Boiarynova (Translations supplied by Oleksii Deikun)

Libraries within the Kharkiv Area

National Literary Memorial MuseumLiudmyla Glazunova, chair of the
Kharkiv department of ULA, and Natalia Petrenko, director of the
Kharkiv Korolenko State Scientific Library, offered on the
present state of Kharkiv and its libraries, noting that over 97
struggle crimes in opposition to Ukrainian cultural heritage have been
dedicated by Russian authorities in Kharkiv alone. Amongst them are
damages incurred by the Nationwide Literary Memorial Museum of
Hryhoriy Skovoroda, the Korolenko State Scientific Library of
Kharkiv, and the Central Scientific Library of Kharkiv Nationwide

  • 7 libraries within the Kharkiv area have been destroyed and
    can’t be renovated.
  • 26 libraries have suffered heavy damages, requiring
    renovation and restore.
  • 12 libraries within the Kharkiv area have misplaced tools (e.g.,
    computer systems).
  • 12 libraries have reportedly misplaced half of their e book

Libraries within the Cherkasy Area

Taras Shevchenko Regional Library of CherkasyLiudmyla Diadyk, director of the
Taras Shevchenko Regional Library of Cherkasy, offered a
totally different perspective on the impression of libraries in Ukraine.
Whereas Cherkasy will not be within the lively fight zone like Kharkiv,
Diadyk reported that ballistic missiles and fighter aircrafts
proceed to fly by way of the area. Because the struggle continues,
Cherkasy is serving as one of many areas housing displaced
Ukrainians all around the nation. With 120,000 Ukrainians
presently within the area, libraries within the Cherkasy area are
actively concerned in supporting the wants of this inhabitants by
serving as info hubs for present occasions. Libraries are
additionally supporting the military by creating camouflage nets, amassing
meals provides, and sending letters to troopers.

The digitization of library supplies, e book collections, and uncommon
publications can be a wrestle that the librarians try to
overcome. Cherkasy librarians are in determined want of scanners
and digitization instruments, so as to protect their historic and
cultural heritage. Diadyk and her colleagues are additionally persevering with
to conduct varied tasks on Ukrainian patriotism, in
collaboration with historians, linguists, and activists.

Libraries of the Chernigiv Area

Chernigiv libraryBecause the director of the Korolenko
Regional Scientific Library of Chernigiv and chair of the
Chernigiv department of ULA, Inna Alifenko touched on the damages
incurred by Chernigiv libraries, noting that their essential
tools units (e.g. computer systems) have been taken by the Russian
Federation all around the area. Alifenko additionally offered on the
destruction of the Korolenko Regional Scientific Library of
Chernigiv by armed forces on the evening of March 30, 2022. Funds
to supply restorative work and restore the library are in pressing

Marina Latamarchuk, director of the Chernigiv Regional Library of
the Youth, highlighted the library providers that they provide,
largely specializing in youth training and older grownup providers.
Earlier than the struggle, the Library of the Youth acted as a hub of
assets for the neighborhood, offering authorized help literacy lessons
for younger audiences, craft workshops, and artwork exhibitions.
Nonetheless, because of the destruction brought on by the
Russia-Ukrainian struggle, many assets have been halted, requiring
monetary want for staffing, providers, and bodily restore.

Concluding Remarks

Following the presentation on Chernigiv, Dr. Gosart led a brief
Q&A session with the visitor audio system. 

Dr. Chow supplied concluding remarks, recognizing the braveness and
bravery of all Ukrainians and the librarians who offered on the
symposium. Particular shoutouts have been made to the iSchool advertising and marketing
and expertise groups for selling the occasion and offering
technical assist, Oleksii Deikun for offering translation
providers, and Dr. Gosart for serving to to arrange the occasion.

“Be secure and know that our ideas and prayers stay with our
Ukrainian colleagues.” Dr. Anthony Chow




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