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New award for public libraries contributing to education


EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is inviting applications for their new innovation award – for Public libraries contributing to education of children and adults.

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  • This call is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.
  • The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is October 11, 2014.
  • Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

This is the seventh award in the exciting series of EIFL Public Library Innovation Awards. There will be more than one winner – so who knows? Your library could be one of them.

Read more about the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award and how to apply.


Jean Fairbairn

EIFL-PLIP Communications

EIFL: 10 new public library services prepare youth for a hi-tech world

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).

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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.

Jean Fairbairn

EIFL-PLIP Communications

Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). Winners

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is delighted to name 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. To meet the winners and read about some creative and cost-effective ways in which public libraries are using ICT to change lives, visit http://bit.ly/KlyGbu

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who applied – we had some excellent applications and choosing was hard!

Thanks also to everyone who helped us share the award invitation.

 Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

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 http://bit.ly/KlyGbu

Congratulations to the winners.

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

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

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

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 http://www.eifl.net/call-proposals to find out more and to apply for a grant.

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Free access to municipal legal records

Municipal Library B. P. Hasdeu, in Chisnau, capital city of Moldavia, launched in 2012 an interesting service: through an agreement with the City Council they offer to the citizens all the decisions they’ve taken since 1991. They have digitized them and the database is available directly at www.monitoruldechisinau.md, via a link on the City Hall website, and is also promoted through the city’s municipal library network of 31 branches.

 You can learn more about this project through this link at EIFL, as this project won this institution’s 4th Award on Open Government.

EIFL-PLIP awards for libraries empowering women and girls

EIFL-PLIP organizes since 2012 a series of awards for recognizing public and community libraries that offer innovative services using information and communication technology (ICT) to improve lives and livelihoods in their communities. Through the awards, EIFL-PLIP is seeking exciting stories about how innovative libraries contribute to community development. 

They have announced the winners of the fifth Innovation Award – for library services that use information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls. Each winner receives a prize of US$1,500, a certificate and a trophy.

 You can check the libraries awarded through this link

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

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.