EIFL receives 2014 SPARC 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.

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EIFL staff (top to bottom): Rima Kupryte, Teresa Hackett, Iryna Kuchma, and Monika Elbert.
EIFL staff (top to bottom): Rima Kupryte, Teresa Hackett, Iryna Kuchma, and Monika Elbert.

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

This Innovator Award is a testament to the commitment and dedication of EIFL’s talented team of staff and network of coordinators. We are very grateful to SPARC for this recognition and we will continue on in our efforts to ensure access to knowledge for all.
Rima Kupryte, EIFL's Director

ABOUT EIFL

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is an international not-for-profit organization based in Europe with a global network of partners. We work with libraries around the world to enable sustainable access to high quality digital information for people 
in developing and transition countries.

Established in 1999, EIFL began by advocating for affordable access to commercial e-journals for academic and research libraries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Today, EIFL partners with libraries and library consortia in more than 50 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Our work has also expanded to include other programmes designed to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development.

ABOUT SPARC

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.