Yulia Kashpruk has been selected to receive the CILIP/IFLA Aspire award for a new professional in Ukraine in 2012. This award is made in memory of Bob McKee who had a strong belief in libraries as a means to a fairer and more prosperous society. This award is in the form of a grant to attend the IFLA Congress in Helsinki, Finland this August. The grant is for up to 2,500 EUR and covers registration for the conference, accommodation, flights, and per diem.

Yulia Kashpruk

Yulia Kashpruk

Yulia works at the Foreign Literature Department of Vinnytsia Oblast Library, and is in charge of the Window on America Center at this library. She has participated in a Building Strong Library Associations workshop in Kyiv and conferences abroad. She recently entered library school to gain a professional qualification and will graduate in 2013. She is a member of the Ukrainian Library Association.

The UK Aspire Award winner was also recently announced.

Jointly sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and IFLA, the Aspire Award was launched in memory of CILIP's Chief Executive Bob McKee, who died in August 2010.

The Award supports Bob's strong interests in developing new professionals and strengthening international relationships by providing bursaries for new professionals to attend CILIP and IFLA conferences.

The Aspire Award is being funded entirely by donations, which can be made through CILIP or IFLA.  

Complete details are available on the donation form [PDF].