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Ksenya Kiebuzinski - Slavic Resources Coordinator, and Head, Petro Jacyk Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries, University of Toronto. I serve as Slavic Resources Coordinator and Head of the Petro Jacyk Central & East European Resource Centre, for the University of Toronto Libraries. I also co-direct the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, and coordinate the Ukraine Research Group, at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. My research interests include bibliography, the history of the book and library collections, Austrian Galicia, and 19th-century French culture. Recent publications include the volume The Great West Ukrainian Prison Massacre of 1941: A Sourcebook (Amsterdam UP, 2016), co-edited with Alexander Motyl, and Maximum Imaginativeness: An Exhibition on Modern Czech Book Design, 1900–1950: Exhibition and Catalogue (Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 2015), plus articles on Sacher-Masoch’s Galician tales in French translation, for a volume I coedited of the journal 20th-century Ukraine: Culture, Ideology, Politics (2015); another on Léo Delibes’ Galician opera ‘Kassya,’ Austrian History Yearbook (2015); and one on a Carpathian band of brigands for a festschrift in honor of Paul Robert Magocsi (2015).

Libraries around the world are helping safeguard Ukrainian books and culture

Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Slavic Resources Coordinator, and Head, Petro Jacyk Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries, University of Toronto informs us about the critical work of 1,000 volunteers, in partnership with universities in Canada and the United States, who are participating in the crowd-sourced project called Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) to preserve and secure digitized manuscripts, music, photographs, 3D architectural models and other publications. So far, the team has captured 15,000 files, which are accessible via the Internet Archive.

Subjects: Archives, Digital Archives, Education, Government Resources, KM, Libraries & Librarians

As libraries go digital, paper books still have a lot to offer us

Ksenya Kiebuzinski, University of Toronto Libraries, offers perspective on how librarians face challenges in maintaining traditional means of accessing and delivering information to our users while embracing innovative media. We appreciate the value of both analogue (print books, manuscripts, maps, globes) and digital resources like Google Maps, databases and digital archives. One format captures the history of institutions in general, and of libraries, in particular. The other allows for more equitable and experimental access. Yet, being an advocate for print can be a thankless task. For librarians in all sectors this article is a lessons learned to share with colleagues and decision makers.

Subjects: Archives, Big Data, Education, Information Management, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Reference Resources