This International Women's Day, thank the Women on the Frontline of Open Education

Our synchronicity could not have been better planned than for International Womens Day being the same day of a planned OEG Voices podcast recording with Tetiana Kolesnykova, Director, Scientific Library at the Ukrainian State University of Science and Technologies, who was recognized with with a 2022 OE Award for Excellence in Open Resilience.


The story we had heard was impressive about how Ukrainian librarians rallied after the February 24, 2022 Russian invasion and bombing of Dnipro, home of Tetiana’s university. But to hear the details in her own voice says the resilience of not only these librarians, but the Ukrainian people, is more than we may recognize.

The session today also featured and well worth honoring today are the European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) team who were already collaborating with Tetiana before the invasion, Paola Corti @Paola and Mira Buist-Zhuk @mira. Paola eagerly agreed to set this up when I asked her maybe just two weeks ago, and Mira performed amazing acts of translation during the recording.

All of these women are exemplars of resilience and care for International Women’s Day. I am so eager to get into the editing both to publish this podcast.

While we are getting the audio recording ready to publish, I urge you to read Tetiana’s message a year ago, Open Education developments in Ukraine in times of crisis: A librarian’s perspective that our Mira and Paola translated and shared last June.

I am so humbled and honored to just see and listen to Tetiana. Thank you all women who made this possible, today (and every day)