The initiative is addressed to libraries which not only are currently supporting refugees from Ukraine but also will help them become part of their local communities in a long-term perspective.
The website contains resources and knowledge allowing libraries to run their information, education and cultural activities addressed to people in need as well as those who support them. You will find there practical information on both official and everyday life matters related to refugees’ stay in our country which they often ask about and look for. You will have links to useful online resources, including books in Ukrainian and aids to teaching Polish as a foreign language, as well as downloadable document forms. Also, posted will be articles on disinformation – how to recognize it and protect yourself against. It will offer space to libraries to share their inspirations and best practices in educational and cultural activities supporting refugees from Ukraine. It will also be developed with personal stories told by some of the refugees.
The Libraries for Ukraine website’s address is: bibliotekidlaukrainy.org.pl. It is run by the Information Society Development Foundation as part of Library Development Program and Sector 3.0 Program.
Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library Development Program is an initiative of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation managed by the Information Society Development Foundation which was created by PAFF in 2008. Over the years 2009-2015 the program was run as part of a broader initiative – Global Libraries – in partnership of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and covered 3808 libraries in over 1250 rural communes and municipalities, that is almost 60 per cent of libraries in villages and small towns in Poland. Since 2016, the support for libraries has been offered under the strategy of enhancing sustainability of the effects of the primary stage of the Library Development Program. Under the 4th round of the program almost 250 libraries (and their branches) of 79 communes and municipalities and ca. 300 librarians representing them joined the program.
Run from 2012, the “Sector 3.0” Program (earlier called “New Technologies Locally”) is a continuation of PAFF previous activities supporting use of new ICT for local development. The objective of that program, addressed primarily to small communities, is to improve NGO employees’ knowledge and skills in the area of effective use of ICT in their everyday work and thus increase the coverage and effectiveness of their work.