Tag Archives: EIFL

EIFL-IP and the Estonia’s new copyright bill

EIFL-IP has worked with the National Library of Estonia, the Consortium of Estonian Libraries Network (ELNET) and the Estonian Librarians Association to actively engage libraries in the planned new copyright law of Estonia, that is expected by September 2014.

They have worked in a plan for actively engage libraries in the copyright law, and to inform the general public about emerging copyright issues that libraries face everyday, such as the lending of e-books.

You can check the case study and the other advocacy campaigns in relation with the matter.

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New award for library services that empower women and girls

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is launching a fifth innovation award call for public and community libraries that empower women and girls through ICT.

The award celebrates International Women’s Day – March 8 2013. It includes a prize of US$1,500 and is open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 8 – less than two months away – so start preparing your application now! Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

This is the fifth in EIFL-PLIP’s series of Innovation Awards for libraries that improve lives in their communities. Through the awards, EIFL-PLIP is seeking exciting stories about how innovative libraries contribute to community development.

To read more about the award for empowering women and girls through ICT, click here.

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Five public library services improve farmers’ lives

Public libraries are effective rural economic development partners, according to newly-released impact assessment results of five innovative public library services.

The results, released by EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), reflect outcomes of successful implementation of four public library agricultural services in Europe and one in Latin America.

The public libraries train farmers to use computers and the internet, and reach farmers with vital  agricultural information through diverse online channels – web-portals, webinars, social media, mobile phones – and through more traditional channels like radio, TV, lectures and events.  Impact assessment, conducted over a one-year period (2011 – 2012), shows how the libraries helped farmers modernize their farming methods; fill in complex forms needed to access European Union and government grants; try alternative farming techniques, and access new market opportunities for their produce

To read more about these innovative public libraries, click the links below:

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Dealing with your national RRO: a practical guide

EIFL has worked on a study on how to negotiate with your national Reproduction Rights Organization and has published a useful guide and made it available through their web. Libraries can find information about the role and tasks of an RRO, the types of licences on offer and highlights issues to consider when negotiating a licence, etc.

You can find it here

EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), a project supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched its latest award call. The fourth edition of this award is focused on innovative library services using information and communication technology.

Call is open until 3 March 2013. You will find all the information in the document attached and their web page

New IA Open Govt call Jan 2013

Award for libraries promoting social inclusion

Innovative libraries: don’t miss this opportunity!

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is offering a new award  for library services using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to contribute to social inclusion in the community.

The award, which includes a prize of US$1,500, is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries. The deadline for submitting applications is November 30, so start preparing your application now!

EIFL-PLIP is accepting applications in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

This is the third award in EIFL-PLIP’s series of four Innovation Awards for library services that improve lives. The aim of the awards is to share stories about the impact of innovative library services and to inspire other libraries to start similar services.

To find out more about this award and for application details visit http://www.eifl.net/eifl-plip-innovation-awards

New award for innovative library health services

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is inviting applications for a new award that recognizes the valuable impact of public library health services.

The invitation, by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), is open to all public and community libraries in developing and transition countries. The prize is US$1,500 and the opportunity to showcase your service at an international conference or gathering. You can apply in English, Russian, French or Spanish.

With less than a month to go, the deadline – July 31 – is tight.

Libraries everywhere are providing valuable health services, using cutting-edge information and communication technology (ICT). For example, in northern Ghana, a public library uses mobile phones to send vital maternal health care information to pregnant women; in Kyrgyzstan, a public library is leading a campaign to combat TB; in Armenia, patients are asking their doctors questions through their library’s interactive website; in Kenya, health workers and patients have free access to the internet through their library’s e-health corners. EIFL-PLIP wants to make stories like these known, so that innovative libraries whose services improve lives win recognition and support.

If your library is using ICT to improve community health, then this award is for you. To enter, all you have to do is tell EIFL-PLIP your story and show the impact of your service.

For further information and details of how to apply, visit www.eifl.net

Source: ElFL-PLIP
Author: Jean Fairbarn, EIFL-PLIP Communications

Villagers’ petition wins high speed Internet for 4,500 people

Inspired by the success of their local library’s service for farmers, villagers from Glavinci in central Serbia organized a petition to demand high-speed Internet for the whole village.  It worked and now over 4,500 people living in Glavinci and 20 kilometres around the village have access to high speed wireless Internet in their village library and in their homes.

‘What amazed us was that the villagers brought their petition to the village library, and asked the librarians to contact the public library in town’ said Ms Suzana Tanasijević, a librarian at Public Library Radislav Nikčević in Jagodina. ‘It means that the villagers now see the public library as an initiator of change in the community.’

Glavinci village library is part of the AgroLib-Ja service for farmers, which was started with support from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). Coordinated by Public Library Radislav Nikčević, the AgroLib-Ja service provides free access to the Internet in four village libraries. The service includes an information-sharing website for farmers, and librarians train farmers to use the Internet to find information about farming methods, grants and other opportunities. The farmers used their new computer skills to develop a lively online farm produce market – AgroLib – and are reporting increased sales of fruit, dairy produce, vegetables, honey and handicrafts over the Internet.

AgroLib-Ja became extremely popular. At first, Glavinci library used a mobile 3G Internet connection for AgroLib-Ja, and for a while, this slow connection was the only Internet access in the village. Later, some villagers bought personal computers and installed 3G connections at home. But they wanted a better quality connection.

Glavinci is located in a valley, and a high-speed wireless connection required antennae in an elevated position. The villagers identified a tank at a local factory as the best place for the antennae, but the factory management was reluctant to allow the installation.

So the villagers launched a petition, collected signatures and handed the petition to the librarian in Glavinci. They asked her to take the petition to Public Library Radislav Nikčević in Jagodina.

‘The director addressed the Management Board of the factory in writing, explaining how important high-speed Internet was for the development of both the village library and the village,’ said Ms Tanasijević. ‘The director also addressed the local self-government, asking them to use their authority and legitimacy to explain to the Management Board the significance of placing the antenna on the tank,’ she said.

The factory Management Board took these appeals seriously.They allowed installation, and now the wireless signal covers a radius of about 20km around Glavinci, reaching 4,500 people.

According to the local computer and Internet service provider, villagers are rushing to connect. In just one month, about 30 households have applied for connections.

‘We are really impressed by the understanding the villagers now have about the value of new information technology – especially the Internet – for developing the village and for farming. Three years ago, before AgroLib-Ja, no-one from the three villages intended to use computers and the Internet,’ said Ms Tanasijević.

Source :  EIFL-PLIP
Author:  Jean Fairbairn, EIFL-PLIP Communications

Awards for libraries that improve economic wellbeing

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) has launched its first Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Innovation Award call – for libraries offering services that use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve economic wellbeing of the community.

The award is the first of four EIFL-PLIP Innovation Awards for public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.

EIFL-PLIP is accepting written applications in four languages – English, Russian, French and Spanish. To encourage greater participation, libraries also have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own language through video. However, the video must have subtitles in English.

The deadline is May 31, 2012.

Winners will receive a prize of US$1,500, and the opportunity to showcase their winning service at an international conference or event.  In addition, EIFL-PLIP will publicize their services widely.

For full details of this award, and future awards, click here: English, French, Spanish, Russian.

Source: ElFL-PLIP
Author: Jean Fairbarn, EIFL-PLIP Communications

Lithuanian Public Library Created a Challenger to Prevent School Dropouts

With a support of eIFL Public Libraries Innovations Program (PLIP) librarians at the Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library in Lithuania have launched a pioneering new learning game, called Iššūkis (the Challenger), that aims to encourage children to go back to school.

Through the game, the library aimed to solve a problem they have been struggling with for some time. Every morning, children come to the library, that has an attractive new building rather than go to school. Various methods have been tried to encourage the children to go back to school, including compulsion and punishment. But these have failed, and so the library came up with a novel idea – a computer game that is linked to the school curriculum.

Game was created in 2010, piloted during 2011. At the moment Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science is adapting the game and experience for the wider initiative that include school librarians.

If you want to know more about the project “Play to study”, please read an impact assessment results here: http://www.eifl.net/utena-and-m-miskiniai-public-library-lithuania

Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Lietuvos Respublikos Kultūros Ministerija