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EIFL’s unique approach is to partner with libraries organised in national library consortia - groups of libraries that share common goals - thereby effectively reaching millions of people. Consortia typically include university, research and public libraries, and other institutions. They speak with one voice to stakeholders and policy makers, and share resources and activities in order to serve their communities.
2. We advocate for access to knowledge nationally and internationally. We represent the interests of libraries and their users in developing and transition countries at international policy fora, develop policy positions and respond to public consultations. We also mobilise stakeholders in partner countries, and produce tools to support advocacy.
3. We encourage knowledge-sharing through peer-to-peer learning and information exchange, documenting best practice case studies, organising an annual partner conference, facilitating regional cooperation.
4. We incubate pilot projects for innovative library services to test new models across programme areas.