Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa
9 May 2012
The article “Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa” has been published in Ariadne, a peer-reviewed open access magazine for information professionals.
In the article, Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite summarise and...
Five new EIFL-PLIP grantees in Uganda
8 May 2012
EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is delighted to announce the names of five new grantee libraries in Uganda.
The five public libraries are offering services in the crucial development areas of agriculture and health.
Three new EIFL-PLIP grantees in Ghana
30 Apr 2012
EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is delighted to announce the names of three new grantee libraries in Ghana.
The three public libraries are offering services in the crucial development areas of health and support for vulnerable...
Over-60s flock to yoga – thanks to the library
26 Apr 2012
More than 70 over-60s have signed up for yoga classes organized by Kaunas County Library following an introductory yoga lecture and demonstration in the library hall.
The new classes, which are part of the library’s BiblioHealth service, will take...
Awards for libraries that improve economic wellbeing
18 Apr 2012
EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) has launched its first innovation award call – for libraries offering services that improve economic wellbeing of the community.
We are accepting written applications in four languages – English...
Berd library launches computer lab for farmers
17 Apr 2012
The Mayor of Berd cut the ribbon – and Berd Public Library declared its new state-of-the -art mobile computer lab open.
Now farmers in Armenia’s Tavush region will have free access to the Internet, using laptop computers, as part of the library’s ‘...
Eager volunteers queue up to serve homeless
16 Apr 2012
Volunteers are queuing up to offer their skills and support to Zagreb City Libraries’ (ZCL) computer training and employment service for the homeless, and ZCL is winning recognition across the city for its creative use of volunteers.
Ghana public library hosts ICT4D lecture series
12 Apr 2012
Tweeting Tamale, Tamale on Google maps; Web2.0 for teachers; the pros and cons of social networking; biometric voter registration – these are just some of the topics of the Ghana Northern Regional Library’s information and communication technology...
Library relaxation classes for seniors a great success
6 Apr 2012
Kaunas County Public Library’s relaxation classes for the over-60s have been a great success – and participants are asking for more sessions.
‘People are thrilled that their public library is arranging events like this. Interest has been...
Library’s online doctor battles to keep up!
30 Mar 2012
Lori Regional Library has launched its online health question and answer (Q&A) service for people living in Armenia’s mountainous Lori Region – and the service is already flooded with questions.
The health service is confidential, and is...
Village petition wins high speed Internet for 4,500 people
30 Mar 2012
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...
EIFL-PLIP training inspires library champions
9 Mar 2012
Twenty-one library champions from Ghana, Kenya and Uganda have developed dynamic awareness-raising and advocacy plans to change perceptions of public libraries in their countries and to tackle pressing legal and funding issues.
The plans were...
EIFL March - April 2012 newsletter is online
1 Mar 2012
Our March-April newsletter issue is online, with the latest news on EIFL and partner country activities, including a spotlight on the successful EIFL-OA advocacy grants.
‘Good advocacy comes from the heart’
29 Feb 2012
EIFL-PLIP builds librarians’ communication and advocacy skills
‘To advocate well, you must be sure that your project is producing positive change in your community. You must speak from the heart,’ said Ms Amela Hodžić, director of Zavidovići Public Library in Zavidovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
New! Awards for innovative public libraries
28 Feb 2012
EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is preparing to launch an exciting new series of awards for innovative public libraries in developing and transition countries.
Innovation awards of US$1,500 will be presented to public...
Dynamic Coalition for Libraries at IGF
28 Feb 2012
Within the context of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) , no arena currently exists for the discussion of Internet governance issues relating to public access intermediaries such as public libraries. Public access to the Internet is tackled...
EIFL-PLIP grantee wins national award
27 Feb 2012
EIFL-PLIP grantee Pasvalys Mariaus Katiliškio Public Library in Lithuania has won a national award for starting three innovative services.
The three services are the EIFL-PLIP supported service for farmers, which includes a web-portal for...
Kazakh librarians learn the art of yurt-building
21 Feb 2012
Visitors to East Kazakhstan Oblast Puskin Library will be surprised to see a yurt – a traditional mobile Kazakh shelter – in the circulation department hall.
The library installed the yurt as part of its new Youth IT-Yurt service, which...
EIFL General Assembly 2012
20 Feb 2012
We will be visiting Armenia this year. American University of Armenia has generously agreed to host the 2012 EIFL General Assembly, 3-5 July. We are honored that our GA will be a part of the larger Yerevan World Book Capital programme. The...
Library on Wheels builds skills in organic farming
17 Feb 2012
Farmers in Macedonia’s Karbinci Municipality are keen to use organic farming methods, but are struggling with two issues: firstly, many farmers do not have the knowledge and skills they need for organic farming, and secondly, they need to convince...