Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fifth Sister Libraries!

We announce the fifth twinning in the NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme. The Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie from Poland has its first sister library in the Arucas Municipal Library from Spain. For a good start they are sending each other a few of books about their towns.

Czech Republic: SKIP’s Section on Library Services for People with Specific Needs

The Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic (SKIP) has set up a new section focused on library services for people with specific needs.

The new section consolidates activities of the LIS students of the Masaryk University in Brnoand, their project Barrier free library with activities of the SKIP on this field.


Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

New Portuguese Public Library at NAPLE Sister Libraries

Arcos de Valdevez Municipal Library has submitted its form to the Naple Sister Libraries Programme. Click on the name to see more  information. Good luck!

New Croatian Library at NAPLE Sister Libraries

Another Croatian Public Library  has joined NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme. It is Marko Marulic Split City Library. Click on the name if you want to know more about them and the sister libraries they are looking for.

For more information on Sister Libraries Programme:

Lithuania Joins NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme

We are pleased to welcome Lithuania and Lithuanian libraries to NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme!

With this new addition, 11 NAPLE countries are taking part in the programmme. You can see the list here and the open call for participation here

EIFL Fourteen Innovative Library Services Launched

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is proud to announce the launch of fourteen new public library services that help meet their countries national development targets by serving local community development needs.The 14 libraries are working in the crucial areas of agriculture and health, supporting children and youth at risk and promoting employment.

The 14 services, in Africa, Europe and Latin America, received small grants from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) to use technology to extend and expand their services to meet community needs.

Over the past three months, the 14 libraries have been purchasing and installing computers and other technology; setting up Internet connections; marketing their services through local newspapers, radio and TV; recruiting and registering service users, and training librarians and staff of partner organizations to implement the services.

The new services tackle important community development challenges, including promoting health among the over 60s; building farmers’ capacity to apply for government subsidies and modernize farming methods; helping young people and the homeless find jobs; extending e-health services to remote communities and fighting TB.

The libraries are using cutting-edge technology, including computer hardware and software and mobile phones. They are also making good use social networking tools like Skype, facebook, twitter, mobile phone text messaging (SMS) and webinars.

The 14 new services replicate innovative library services implemented by previous EIFL-PLIP grantees. Read more about the 14 new services and EIFL-PLIP’s past grantees. EIFL-PLIP grants and awards for innovative public libraries are announced on EIFL-PLIP’s website, so watch this space!

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Fourth Sister Libraries!

We have a new pair of sister libraries at our  NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme.

This time, Krapina Public Library from Croatia has a third sister library, the Kuusamo City Library in Finland. You can check all the sisterships made so far here.

New Slovenian Public Library in the Programme

Ptuj Public Library from Slovenia has decided to participate in Sister Libraries Programme. You can read its form on “Libraries” tag on the blog. We wish them good luck on finding a sister library!