Curr Iss Zoom: Roles of Libraries Today


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0906_LIBR
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: Online
  • Places Left: 30
  • Waitlist Places Left: 10
  • Fee: $75
The Power of 21st-Century Libraries
Two Zoom Sessions
Thur., Nov. 7, 14, 2024, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Ukrainian Libraries in Wartime

Great librarians build communities. Brave librarians defend communities. In this lecture, professor Ulia Gosart uses the case of Ukrainian public libraries to highlight the significance of libraries in wartime. Focusing on the functions and services of Ukrainian libraries during the war, and cases of targeted destruction of libraries, Gosart explores the impact of today’s libraries by stressing the importance of librarians’ work. “During war, librarians not only serve their patrons, they experience events alongside them,” Gosart says. “This vested interest in, and knowledge of, their patrons and communities allow Ukrainian libraries to tailor services and provide moral support during war. The heroic work of Ukrainian libraries also reveals the potential of public libraries in defending the state.”

Libraries of Today and Tomorrow

When you hear the word library, do you picture a quiet book repository with a librarian issuing shushes? Spoiler alert: Things are different now. In this lecture, librarian Bridget Kiely guides you through a range of library services so you can take full advantage of your local (or not so local) libraries. Explore how libraries now offer spaces and programming that foster neighborhood community hubs. Similarly, discover crisis intervention and libraries’ roles in disaster preparedness, social work and support for people experiencing homelessness. For those curious about what libraries are circulating, from books to objects, examine techniques libraries employ to ensure access to a wide range of materials and resources. And discover current hot topics in libraries including privacy, digital literacy and intellectual freedom.

Ulia Gosart, PhD, was born in the former Soviet Union, and earned her BA in librarianship from Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. Her scholarly work is related to her advocacy and human rights work. She teaches at San José State University.

Bridget Kiely has worked in libraries for nearly 20 years, with experience in museum, academic, and public libraries. She focuses on public outreach and has presented at venues from comic conventions to nationwide library conferences to high schools.


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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Thursday 07 November 2024 07 November 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Ulia Gosart
Thursday 14 November 2024 14 November 2024 06:30PM - 08:30PM All Students Bridget Kiely