SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has recognized EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) with its July 2014 Innovator Award.
The award was given to EIFL for its work in putting libraries from Africa to Asia and Europe at the center of the movement to democratize access to information, and increasing the visibility of scholarly research.
“By helping countries form library consortia, EILF has enabled groups to leverage their influence and create a sustainable model to improve the access to information. It has provided training and helped craft Open Access policies, lobbied for changes to copyright laws, and made vital research materials available to all corners of the world, including Azerbaijan, Laos, and Sudan.” – SPARC press release, July 2014
The SPARC Innovator programme recognizes advances in scholarly communication propelled by an individual, institution, or group. Typically, these advances exemplify SPARC principles by challenging the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public.
SPARC Innovators are featured on the SPARC Web site semi-annually and have included John Willinsky, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), Michael Nielsen, Health Research Alliance, The World Bank, R. Preston McAfee, Harvard University FAS, Ted and Carl Bergstrom, Melissa Hagemann, among others.
“This Innovator Award is a testament to the commitment and dedication of EIFL’s talented team of staff and network of coordinators,” said Rima Kupryte, EIFL's Director. “We are very grateful to SPARC for this recognition and we will continue on in our efforts to ensure access to knowledge for all.”
Read EIFL’s 2014 SPARC Innovator Profile here.