16 May 2012
BSLA Ukraine: Workshop in Ukrainian city Dnipropetrovs’k
On April 25, 2012, 45 Dnipropetrovs’k librarians participated in the workshop on library associations’ role in providing an ethical framework for professional practice. The workshop was organized by the Ukrainian Library Association in partnership with Dnipropetrovs’k Library Association, Dnipropetrovs’k Regional Library, the U.S. Embassy and Bibliomist program.
Valentyna Pashkova, Vice-President of the Ukrainian Library Association and BSLA local trainer who ran the workshop helped Ukrainian librarians to understand the role that library associations play in the development of the library profession and guaranteeing free access to information. Librarians not only received information about professional ethics, but also discussed difficult ethical issues in providing library services and implementation the new Ukrainian law on dealing with personal data.
After the workshop, librarians who represented public, academic and special libraries underlined the importance of professional ethics for the field and underlined that they have never realized the role that professional associations play in the development of the library profession and the library field. Several librarians joined the Ukrainian Library Association after the workshop and articulated their readiness to be its active members.
Report submitted by Valentyna Pashkova
Vice-President of the Ukrainian Library Association