Monthly Archives: January 2014

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, two more libraries have become sisters: the Viana Public Library “Francisco Navarro Villoslada”  (Spain) and Public Library in Aleksandrow  (Poland) 

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Copyright public consultation

The European Union has launched a public consultation to gather input on the review of the EU copyright rules. Everyone can fill the questionnaire and submit it before next 5th February. All the contributions will be published on the Internet. 

The full information is available at this link.

Meet the winners. EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) has announced the winners of the EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award for Creative use of ICT in public libraries.

The winning libraries use a wide variety of hardware, software and online resources. There are six winners, three from Europe; one from Africa and one from Latin America.

To meet the winners and read about some creative and cost-effective ways in which public libraries are using ICT to change lives, visit

Congratulations to the winners.

EIFL also thanks NAPLE and everyone else who helped them to share the award invitation.

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the presentation of a new Czech Library: the Municipal Library of Semily.

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information

Libraries: their social and economic value

 The contribution of the libraries and the library services to society in social and economic terms is often unnoticed though it is, indeed, very important. Last week FESABID, the Spanish Federation of Societies of Archivist, Librarians, Documentalist and Museology presented the study “The Economic and Social Value of the Information Services: Libraries”. The results are a very complete guide of the use and value of libraries nowadays, based on complex user studies and interviews.

The study has been coordinated by FESABID and is part of the activities included in the Strategic Plan of the Council for Library Cooperation.

 The study is available at FESABID (in Spanish only) by clicking on the image. Or, you can download it from this link:


23 mobile things

Mobile technologies are rapidly growing: communities use them in a daily basis for a wide range of services: the possibility of accessing also their library services and websites via their own mobile device seems just a natural thing for many users.

 23mobilethings is a self paced course, freely accessible through the web for helping librarians to offer library services using these technologies.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the dates of the national celebrations for libraries in the different countries of the program. Also, the presentation of a new library: Viana Public Library “Francisco Navarro Villoslada”, from Spain.

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information 

South Korea invests in Libraries

South Korea has recently designed an ambitious program of investment in public libraries from 2014 to 2018. It includes the building of new libraries, increasing of librarians per capita, etc. You can read here the press release, where you can check the figures of the plan.

Another interesting web page about library statistics, in this case for European libraries is this one, from EBLIDA

Library service for helping mothers in Ghana

Libraries’ adaptation to their user’s needs lead to good practices. The Northern Regional Library in Tamale, Ghana, has developed the Technology for Maternal Health project through the EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme. In a region (Northern Ghana) where maternal mortality is high, they’ve come up with a way for distributing reliable health information to mothers, as well as connecting them to midwives: through messages sent periodically to their mobile phones.

 You can learn more about the project here

IFLA policies on Information Literacy and Print Disabled People

 The 37th UNESCO General Conference was held in Paris last 5-20 November 2013. The Member States discussed and endorsed two important reports elaborated by IFLA: The IFLA Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Recommendations and the Libraries Serving People with Print Disabilities (LPD).

You can read the press release from IFLA through this link: