Monthly Archives: July 2013

Meet the winners. EIFL’s Innovation Award

Jean Fairbairn from EIFL sends us some information about the winners of their Innovation Award for library services. There are links to the three libraries and some information about the Program:

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) has announced names of winners of their fourth Innovation Award – for library services that contribute to open government and e-government services.

Congratulations to three public libraries:

  • Central Library ‘M. L. Kropyvnytskyi ‘ and the Mykolaiv Centralized Library System for Adults in Ukraine, for their Citizen Service Centres which are empowering citizens to interact with local government.

Each winner receives a prize of US$1,500. The three winners will also receive a certificate and a trophy during the Next Library 2013 conference in Aarhus, Denmark, in June.

The EIFL-PLIP Innovation Awards recognize innovative services that use ICT to improve lives and livelihoods. The awards are open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.

Thanks from EIFL-PLIP to the winners and to all the other libraries that applied for this award. Thanks also to IFLA, IFLA members and other organizations and individuals who regularly help EIFL-PLIP publicize grant and award calls.

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

XXII BOBCATSSS Congress. Call for participation

BOBCATSSS Congress is an International event organized by students from European universities. Next year’s edition will take place in Barcelona, from 29th to 31st January so it will be the students from the Faculty of Library Science from the University of Barcelona along with their colleagues from the SwedishSchool of Library and Information Science, University of Borås the ones responsible for 2014 edition.

The title of the Congress will be Library (r)evolution: promoting sustainable information practices. As explained at their web page, “over the last few decades there has been a growing awareness of environmental issues. Ensuring long-term sustainability is increasingly urgent for our societies and the need for sustainable development initiatives and knowledge is now greater than ever. The concept of sustainable development encompasses attention to environmental challenges and global social inequalities, while maintaining a sound global economy. This understanding also gives rise to numerous related challenges but also possibilities for current information practices.

This conference aims to place focus on the identification and discussion of such challenges and possibilities by inviting contributions that explore the relationships between concepts and practices in the library and information science field and the sustainable development area”.

There’s a web page where you can seek for further information

They’ve also created a web form for submitting comments and questions

EIFL wins WSIS 2013 Project Prize for excellence

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) was awarded a WSIS Project Prize for excellence in implementation of World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) outcomes to achieve an inclusive and development-oriented information society. Jean Fairbairn takes this opportunity for sending us a few words about the awards ceremony and also about the WSIS project:

 The prestigious award was presented by Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during the opening ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2013 on May 13. The world’s largest annual gathering of the ICT for development community, the WSIS Forum 2013 was attended by more than 1,500 delegates from more than 140 countries, including over 120 government ministers, ambassadors, CEOs, and civil society leaders.

 Accepting the award, EIFL Director Ms Rima Kupryte said: ‘I am very happy and honoured to receive the WSIS Project Prize as it is an important recognition of public libraries as partners in development.  Internet and communication technologies are changing our lives, but there are many people, especially in developing and transition countries, who do not own a computer or smart phone. Our experience shows that innovative public libraries offering free access to ICT and training in e-literacy skills can have a powerful positive impact in their communities.’

 EIFL was one of 18 winners selected from 280 projects nominated from 64 countries. EIFL won the award in Category 4, “CapacityBuilding” for the work of its Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP), which supports public libraries in developing and transition countries to use ICT to implement innovative services that improve lives. Over 9,000 people in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have benefited from ICT training in local libraries as a result of EIFL-PLIP support.  New e-literacy skills are benefiting subsistence farmers, vulnerable youth, those suffering from ill health, health workers’ struggling to update their knowledge, unemployed women, the homeless and many other disadvantaged groups.

 Read more about EIFL-PLIP’s innovative public library services and follow EIFL on twitter – @EIFLnet.


 WSISthe World Summit on the Information Society – is a UN process that was initiated in two unique phases in order to create an evolving multi-stakeholder platform aimed at promoting Information Society at the national, regional and international levels. The goal of WSIS is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information. The Final Review of this process will take place in 2015. The WSIS Project Prizes were developed in response to requests from participants at the WSIS Forum 2011 for a mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals; governments; civil society; local, regional and international agencies; research institutions, and private sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development strategies that leverage the power of ICTs.

Potential of Libraries as Educational Centres. Research report

Eva Bartunkova, from The National Library of the Czech Republic, sends us a publication that we found very interesting for the community: Potenciál knihoven jako vzdělávacích center (Potential of Libraries as Educational Centres). We include here the text accompanying the e-mail as an introduction to the report and the report itself in .pdf and issuu:

The Concept of the Development of Libraries 2011-2015 assumes beyond other tasks, that public libraries should make natural community educational centres.

MasarykUniversity in Brno in cooperation with National Library and the professional association SKIP carried out a research of an educational potential of libraries as educational centres. The material published in Czech contains methodology and following topics: potential of libraries as educational centres, general need of civic education, how is public concerned in civic education and how librarians are interested in professional development.[dot]pdf

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (VI)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th May. Today, Johan Delaure, from Bibnet, presents the e-Book License Model for the Flemish Libraries.

Flemisch Libraries E-booklicense Model

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (V)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th May. Today, the presentation of Barbara Schleihagen and Miriam Schriefers, from the German Library Association, titled  E-Books in German Public Libraries: business model with aggregators and others.

E-Books in German Public Libraries

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (IV)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th May. Today, the e-book lending platform for slovenian public libaries.

Slovenian public library ebook-lending platform

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (III)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th  May. Today, the presentation of  Diederik van Leeuwen, Director of the Stichting Bibliotheek in Netherlands about the Dutch eBook Program.

Introduction to Dutch Library eBook Program

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (II)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th  May. Today, Erik Thorlund Jepsen’s presentation about E-books in Denmark.