Monthly Archives: November 2013

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the paper Dijana Sabolović-Krajina, the director of one of our Sister Libraries (the croatian Public Library “Fran Galovic”) presented at the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section session last August 2013 inSingapore

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Liverpool Central Library, awarded

 Liverpool, the city that opened the first public lending library in Europe (at the Lyceum, a gentlemen’s club) saw its Central Library reopened last 17th May after the works to restore this historic building (it was built in 1860) were finished.

It has taken three years and £50 million but the results are already showing: in a recent interview, Central Library manager David Stoker said since the building reopened in May 15,000 new borrowers had signed up. The council said it expected more than one million visitors to come through the library’s doors in the first 12 months, more than double the previous average figure.

 Now, it has been awarded by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) with the National Building Excellence Award. The judges highlighted the challenges the city faced in marrying the new build extension to the existing Grade II listed landmark.

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme has launched a new call for proposals – for library projects serving the needs of children and youth.  

We would be extremely grateful if you could share information about the call with with your contacts and through your networks. We want to reach as many libraries as we can!

 This exciting opportunity is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition economy countries.

To apply, libraries must identify a local need (or needs) of children or youth, and develop a project that:

Is completely new for the library, or for the community;

Uses information and communication technology in new and creative ways, and

Develops new partnerships, with agencies like government departments, civil society organizations or technology innovators.

 Applicants may submit proposals for up to US$20,000. The deadline for applications is January 31 2014. 

Click to find out more and to apply for a grant.

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, you’ll find an interview to Simona Resman, Assistant Director at the Ljubljana City Library, from Slovenia.

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The “four-space model” for libraries in Denmark

Two weeks ago we published a post about a new model for building user-oriented libraries, the so called “four-space model”. Today, we bring you a specification of this model, in the form of an article presented at the last IFLA Conference by Jens Thorhauge, director of the Danish Authority for Libraries and Media and former NAPLE Chair under the title “Creating a model-program for the building of future public libraries and their role in culture led redesign of urban spaces”.

You’ll find the article in this link


The essential social role of public libraries

The European Parliament has recently signed a written declaration on the impact of public libraries in European communities. This declaration, based on a survey in which 18 European countries answered questions about usage statistics, satisfaction with the services offered, etc. has thrown very significant figures.

You can read the declaration through this link

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the announcement of the seminar the Aveiro Municipal Library will be celebrating next 15th November.

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Resources for Librarians

Ten years ago, OCLC created Webjunction, a web page dedicated to offering materials for professionals in libraries, to “promote learning for all library staff by providing an open, affordable online learning community”. You’ll find materials from the webinars they offer, posts on different topics or templates for specific action plans.

 You can find them at this link:

2013 EUROLIS Seminar

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) believes that literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge must be the ground for building a fair and economically prosperous society. Twelve years ago, they were asked to participate together with the European Cultural Institutes librarians in the promotion of European Languages in the UK and so EUROLIS was born.

Next Friday, 22 November 2013 EUROLIS will be celebrating a Seminar under the title “Public Private Partnerships” that will explore “how librarians are working with a variety of partners in the commercial sector to create new opportunities and develop services whilst managing reduced or static budgets”.

Find the full information at

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the poster on information literacy Huesca Municipal Librariesfrom Spain, have presented to a conference.

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