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The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

  • 1.  The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 01, 2022 09:55 AM
    Dear Friends,

    I'm writing to request that ALA Council consider supporting our colleagues at the Ukrainian Library Association. I've been corresponding with the ULA Executive Director, Yaroslava Soshynska, who sent this appeal this morning.  The ULA is asking other professionals to support this appeal (this was sent to IFLA, but she asked to share it with ALA as well):

    The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    to IFLA President and Governing Board and IFLA Members

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    The fifth day of the full-scale Russia's invasion to Ukraine is ongoing, air bombing of a large number of cities and villages of whole Ukraine, Russian tanks are on approaches to Kyiv, Kharkiv, Russian subversive groups are on our land. The occupiers are firing not only on the military infrastructure, but also on schools, museums, libraries, hospitals, civilian residences. In Chernihiv the municipal library for children has been destroyed. Our brave defenders, civil people including children are dying.

    As at February 27, 352 Ukrainians are dead, among them 14 children, 1684 – wounded, among them 116 children. Thousands of people were forced to leave the country.

    In these challenging times Ukrainian librarians are together with all the people. There where it is possible, libraries continue to provide their services to users, including online services. Libraries are working in cyberspace against disinformation. Libraries are holding classes in emergency medical assistance. Hostels, care units for displaced persons are accommodated in libraries.

    Ukraine is supported by the whole civilized world. We have received a lot of letters of support from library associations (including IFLA members) and librarians from different countries. We are receiving media help in spreading true information about Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. We are being offered help in accommodating Ukrainian refugees.

    We are grateful to everyone who is with us in these difficult times for our country and our people.

    The profession of a librarian obliges everyone who has chosen it to be media literate. Librarians as no one else must stand against disinformation. However, we regret that Russian librarians and Russian Library Association do not react to the situation.

    To stop this bloody war economic and other sanctions are being imposed on Russia. We are convinced that sanctions in the cultural sphere are no less important and will accelerate the fall of putin regime in the Russian Federation. We therefore appeal to IFLA President and Governing Board to support Ukrainian librarians and exclude the Russian Library Association and all institutions of the aggressor country Russia from IFLA members, and their representatives from all IFLA governing bodies.

    We appeal to IFLA members to support our appeal and address their appeals to IFLA President and Governing Board.

    Today Ukraine is fighting not only for its own independence and the future of its children. We are fighting for the future of the whole world! Ukrainians are dying for European values! Supporting Ukraine, you are supporting the democratic future of all the countries!

    Glory to Ukraine!

     
    Oksana Brui, ULA President
    Larysa Luhova, ULA Vice-President
    Svitlana Moiseeva, ULA Vice-President
    Yaroslava Soshynska, ULA Executive Director

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Erica Freudenberger
    Councilor-At-Large

    p.s. The ULA is unstoppable -- this morning they launched a national digital library!


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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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  • 2.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 01, 2022 10:00 AM

    Thank you Erica -- I was wondering if ALA had plans to support the ULA.  Our European colleagues have moved swiftly to do so and I hope we do as well.

    Eileen

    --  Eileen M. Palmer Executive Director Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium NJLA Chapter Councilor to the ALA  27 Mayfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 750-2525 ext. 103 (732) 225-0910 (fax) empalmer@lmxac.org
    On 3/1/2022 10:54 AM, Erica Freudenberger via ALA Connect wrote:
    0100017f4630fa46-eb46218c-284d-4b46-953b-b0871d3069a2-000000@email.amazonses.com">
    Dear Friends, I'm writing to request that ALA Council consider supporting our colleagues at the Ukrainian Library Association. I've been... -posted to the "ALA Council" community
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    Erica Freudenberger
    Mar 1, 2022 9:55 AM
    Erica Freudenberger
    Dear Friends,

    I'm writing to request that ALA Council consider supporting our colleagues at the Ukrainian Library Association. I've been corresponding with the ULA Executive Director, Yaroslava Soshynska, who sent this appeal this morning.  The ULA is asking other professionals to support this appeal (this was sent to IFLA, but she asked to share it with ALA as well):

    The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    to IFLA President and Governing Board and IFLA Members

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    The fifth day of the full-scale Russia's invasion to Ukraine is ongoing, air bombing of a large number of cities and villages of whole Ukraine, Russian tanks are on approaches to Kyiv, Kharkiv, Russian subversive groups are on our land. The occupiers are firing not only on the military infrastructure, but also on schools, museums, libraries, hospitals, civilian residences. In Chernihiv the municipal library for children has been destroyed. Our brave defenders, civil people including children are dying.

    As at February 27, 352 Ukrainians are dead, among them 14 children, 1684 – wounded, among them 116 children. Thousands of people were forced to leave the country.

    In these challenging times Ukrainian librarians are together with all the people. There where it is possible, libraries continue to provide their services to users, including online services. Libraries are working in cyberspace against disinformation. Libraries are holding classes in emergency medical assistance. Hostels, care units for displaced persons are accommodated in libraries.

    Ukraine is supported by the whole civilized world. We have received a lot of letters of support from library associations (including IFLA members) and librarians from different countries. We are receiving media help in spreading true information about Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. We are being offered help in accommodating Ukrainian refugees.

    We are grateful to everyone who is with us in these difficult times for our country and our people.

    The profession of a librarian obliges everyone who has chosen it to be media literate. Librarians as no one else must stand against disinformation. However, we regret that Russian librarians and Russian Library Association do not react to the situation.

    To stop this bloody war economic and other sanctions are being imposed on Russia. We are convinced that sanctions in the cultural sphere are no less important and will accelerate the fall of putin regime in the Russian Federation. We therefore appeal to IFLA President and Governing Board to support Ukrainian librarians and exclude the Russian Library Association and all institutions of the aggressor country Russia from IFLA members, and their representatives from all IFLA governing bodies.

    We appeal to IFLA members to support our appeal and address their appeals to IFLA President and Governing Board.

    Today Ukraine is fighting not only for its own independence and the future of its children. We are fighting for the future of the whole world! Ukrainians are dying for European values! Supporting Ukraine, you are supporting the democratic future of all the countries!

    Glory to Ukraine!

     
    Oksana Brui, ULA President
    Larysa Luhova, ULA Vice-President
    Svitlana Moiseeva, ULA Vice-President
    Yaroslava Soshynska, ULA Executive Director

    Thanks for your consideration,
    Erica Freudenberger
    Councilor-At-Large

    p.s. The ULA is unstoppable -- this morning they launched a national digital library!


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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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  • 3.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 01, 2022 10:16 AM

    Agreed! Thanks, Elaine!

    And I forgot to mention, if anyone wants to send along messages of support informally, I'm happy to collate them and pass them along to Yaroslava.  You can share those messages here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fkQhvJv_8qSQq6pCyZaiXKP0x_zbSn3lZhgEtCZZiKQ/edit?usp=sharing

    All the best,

    Erica



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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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  • 4.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 22, 2022 11:13 AM
    Hello Erica:
    I have posted a personal message of support as well as a Statement of Support from the Wyoming Library Association.  Would you please pass those along to Yaroslava as well?  Thank you.

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    Lisa Scroggins
    Library Director
    1963
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  • 5.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 02, 2022 10:50 AM
    Another statement, this one from the AAC&U: https://www.aacu.org/newsroom/statement-on-ukraine

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    [Karen] [Downing]
    [Education Librarian]
    [University of Michigan]
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  • 6.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 02, 2022 11:49 AM
    Thanks so much, Karen! I've passed along this news to the ULA!

    All the best,
    Erica

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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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  • 7.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 08, 2022 12:55 PM
    My pleasure! One more from IFLA: https://www.ifla.org/news/ifla-statement-on-ukraine/

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    [Karen] [Downing]
    [Education Librarian]
    [University of Michigan]
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  • 8.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 08, 2022 03:03 PM
    Thanks so much, Karen! Passing it along!

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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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  • 9.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 08, 2022 03:04 PM
    Amazing! Thanks!

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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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  • 10.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 08, 2022 12:58 PM

    Erica, please pass ours along as well.  Thank you,

    https://www.njla.org/njla-statement-in-support-of-the-ukrainian-library-community

    Eileen

    --  Eileen M. Palmer Executive Director Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium NJLA Chapter Councilor to the ALA  27 Mayfield Ave. Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 750-2525 ext. 103 (732) 225-0910 (fax) empalmer@lmxac.org
    On 3/2/2022 12:48 PM, Erica Freudenberger via ALA Connect wrote:
    0100017f4bbf7729-15446a0a-a91e-4ea7-935a-74bcd7fccd33-000000@email.amazonses.com">
    Thanks so much, Karen! I've passed along this news to the ULA! All the best, Erica ------------------------------ [Erica] [Freudenberger] ... -posted to the "ALA Council" community
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    Erica Freudenberger
    Mar 2, 2022 11:49 AM
    Erica Freudenberger
    Thanks so much, Karen! I've passed along this news to the ULA!

    All the best,
    Erica

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    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 3/2/2022 12:49:00 PM
    From: Erica Freudenberger
    Subject: RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Thanks so much, Karen! I've passed along this news to the ULA!

    All the best,
    Erica

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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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    Original Message:
    Sent: Mar 02, 2022 10:50 AM
    From: Karen Downing
    Subject: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Another statement, this one from the AAC&U: https://www.aacu.org/newsroom/statement-on-ukraine

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    [Karen] [Downing]
    [Education Librarian]
    [University of Michigan]


  • 11.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 08, 2022 02:04 PM
    Has this response from ALA and divisions been posted here yet? https://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2022/03/ala-stands-ukrainian-library-community

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  • 12.  RE: The Appeal of the Ukrainian Library Association

    Posted Mar 08, 2022 03:04 PM
    Will do, Eileen! Thanks for this!

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    [Erica] [Freudenberger]
    [Outreach & Engagement Consultant]
    [Southern Adirondack Library System]
    [She, Her, Hers]
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