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ELibUkr is a Ukrainian Non-governmental organization (NGO). It emerged from the project of a nation-wide linked Electronic Library/Knowledge Centres network established in Ukraine in 2009 with the support the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America and with the initial financial support of USAID. It provides scholars, professors and students with enhanced access to the world’s digitized network of academic and research information thus promoting the active use of local, regional, and global information resources. This was accomplished using a central Web portal and staff based at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy Library.
ELibUkr upgrades the intellectual holdings of Ukrainian libraries and integrate them into the worldwide digitized information system. Besides the access to data bases, the project also includes critically important Knowledge Centres, which will be at the heart of the system’s effective use by providing training programs for librarians and users, as well as information literacy programs for broad public, and will promote the evolution of a linked industry-academic-research community. This is a key element for economic progress and stability absent in Ukraine for now.
In spite of Ukraine’s high development of computer technology, science and research, and having some of the world’s finest universities and research centres, Ukrainian scholars and academics still do not have access to the world’s electronic information similar to North America and Western Europe. This is a serious shortcoming which this project will overcome.
ELibUkr project support is an investment in Ukraine’s future. It enhances international standards and infrastructure. At its first stage it included National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Chernivtsi Y. Fedkovych National University, Kharkiv V. Karazin National University and Donetsk National Technical University has been an ELibUkr project participants since 2009. Now ELibUkr has 29 members – main universities from all Ukrainian region.
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