Jean Fairbairn from EIFL sends us some information about their Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP):
Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media – it’s all happening at 10 public libraries that have just launched new services for children and youth.
The 10 new services are supported with small grants (up to US$20,000) from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). They serve children and youth in developing and transition economy countries in Africa (three new services), Europe (six new services) and Latin America (one new service).
The libraries use a wide range of hardware and software – computers, the internet, smart phones, social media tools, 3D printers, websites and more – to teach young people valuable literacy, media and technical skills, to increase their creativity and confidence, and to meet their needs in the areas of health, literacy and communication.
‘We live in an increasingly high-tech world and children and youth in developing and transition economy countries, where access to information and communication technology (ICT) is still problematic, struggle to learn ICT skills. These new projects show how innovative public libraries can help meet young people’s technology and many other learning needs,’ said Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL-PLIP Programme manager.
EIFL-PLIP advances community development by enabling public libraries to implement innovative ideas that use information and communication technology to improve people’s lives. Since 2010, EIFL-PLIP support has sparked creation of 49 new and innovative public library projects leading to creation of new services in over 300 public and community libraries. Click here to read more about the EIFL-PLIP grants programme and the ten new services.