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

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, take a look at The Employment Information Service at Ljubljana City Library (Slovenia).

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

The NMC Horizon Report 2014. Library Edition

The NMC Horizon Reports were born in 2002, aimed to “serve the higher education, K-12, and museum communities across the globe in their desire to understand the impact of emerging technologies on their chosen field or discipline”.

This year, in a special session at the 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition which, for the first year, “delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context”, was presented.

“The research behind this report is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium (NMC), the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich”.

 You can access the full text through this link 


80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

Last Thursday 21 August, the closing session of the 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly took place at Lyon.

 If you couldn`t attend the Conference, you can still visit their web page, where they’ve been publishing different articles, reports and interviews.

 Visit for further information

Danish Model Programme for Public Libraries

The Model Programme for Public Libraries is an ambitious project launched and funded by the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania. It offers “an interactive, web-based inspiration catalogue and tools that are to communicate new knowledge, best practices and inspiration for brand new space/function interplay for library developers”

From the beginning in October 2012 the program contemplated a dialogue with its end users (library managers and developers) through 2 Conferences and was tested in “local change projects” who enthusiastically participated in a tailor-made design workshop.

You can visit their web page for further information:

Or contact Tone Lunden, member of the Steering Committee for the Programme: