IFLA General Conference and Assembly 2015

81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly will take place next 15-21 August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. They’ve already opened the Call for Posters.

You can check all the details and complete the application form through this link

Gamification and Libraries

An article form Carli Spina (Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian,  Harvard Law School Library) at the AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Spectrum explains what is gamification and how to apply game dynamics to library services.

You can access to the full pdf through this link

CILIP Blogger Challenge

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) has launched a competition open to everybody (no need to be CILIP member or even to live in the UK) who has any professional relation with libraries (library staff, information science students, researchers, etc.). They have proposed a series of topics about which you’ll have to write a text and send it before 27 November.

 Find all the information in this page

Awareness in public libraries: 2 examples from the UK

The promotion of the social value of public libraries is vital for their survival as core institutions in our communities. Awareness must be targeted to users (and potential users) but also to decision makers.

Awareness campaigns not always come from libraries, sometimes they are independent institutions working with volunteers and organized nationwide: 

Since 1984, The Library Campaign has been working for the improvement of public libraries services in the UK. Amongst other things, they “send evidence to government consultations on behalf of library users” and “regularly issue press releases and comments to the national and specialist media”.

In their web page you’ll find a wide range of resources for supporting libraries, the newsletters they publish quarterly (and send to their members), the texts they send to the media, open letters, etc.

Another initiative in the UK is Voices for the Library, which “aims to provide the facts about the public library service in the UK, the role of professional librarians and provide a space for library users to share their stories about the difference public libraries have made to their lives”.

They have designed different campaigns like What can you do? (to get involved in saving libraries) or 10 things you need to know about library closures/campaigns.

Public library satisfaction amongst American adults

If a month ago we publish a post about the NMC Horizon Report, Library edition, focusing on the impact of emerging technologies in libraries, today we present another study about the satisfaction of American adults with public libraries, conducted by The Harris Poll and released last September 24.

 There are interesting figures, like “women are more likely than men to have a library card (71% vs. 57%)” or “Nine in ten Americans (89%) feel it is important that a library be a valuable education resource”.

 You can access the most relevant results of this study here.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, take a look at the activities programmed by some Sisters for celebrating NAPLE Sister Libraries Day. 

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

24 Islands / 24 Hours  

Interesting initiative from Shetland Library to reach readers in the remote communities of Shetland and Orkney, both subarctic archipelagos of Scotland. The challenge consists on ”reading events in 24 islands across Orkney and Shetland in just 24 hours”.

The event took place last Friday 12 September.

You can read a post about it at The Guardian or check their web page

International Literacy Day 2014

Yesterday, 8th Septmber, UNESCO celebrated the International Literacy Day 2014 under the slogan “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. 

For celebrating it, UNESCO along with the Government of Bangladesh organized the International Conference on “Girls’ and women’s literacy and education.

For further information, click here



Millions of pictures from The Internet Archive

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The BBC has published a very interesting article about an initiative from the Internet Archive. Based on a technology developed by Kalev H. Leetaru, from Georgetown University, a Flickr page has been created to offer a pool of millions of … Continue reading

New award for public libraries contributing to education


EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is inviting applications for their new innovation award – for Public libraries contributing to education of children and adults.

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  • This call is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.
  • The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is October 11, 2014.
  • Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

This is the seventh award in the exciting series of EIFL Public Library Innovation Awards. There will be more than one winner – so who knows? Your library could be one of them.

Read more about the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award and how to apply.


Jean Fairbairn

EIFL-PLIP Communications