EIFL Public Library Innovation Award 13

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Public libraries teaching digital skills in innovative ways

This invitation is open to public and community libraries that are providing innovative and creative digital skills training. Skills can range from bringing people online for the first time to improving people’s digital competence.

With this call we are seeking libraries that:

  • Use innovative ways to teach digital skills, for example developing curricula and training methods that are fun and relevant to the audience.
  • Have developed self-learning programmes to facilitate learning of digital skills.
  • Have developed effective training programmes that reach large numbers of people who need to build their digital skills.
  • Use unconventional ways of attracting offline people to learn digital skills and get online.

Tell us your story and enter a competition to win US$1,500! The deadline for applications is Monday, 25 November, 2019.

We are accepting applications in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Who may enter?

To enter the competition, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must be a public or community library.
  • The library must be in a transition or developing economy country [pdf].
  • The training programme should have started after January 2017.
  • The training must be ongoing at the time of application.
  • You must provide qualitative and quantitative evidence of positive results and impact of the training programme.
  • Only one training programme can be presented in the application.


  1. We will not consider applications that only offer free public access to computers and the internet.
  2. We expect applicants to demonstrate results (impact) of the training programme.
  3. This is an award for an existing training programme. We will not accept applications seeking funding to start a new training programme.

When can you enter?

This call is now open. The deadline for applications is 25 November 2019.

What will you win?

  • Each winner will receive US$1,500; and
  • International publicity – EIFL will share your innovative service story widely through its publicity channels.

Number of awards

There will be more than one award – the number of award-winners will depend on the quality and diversity of applications received.

Further details about this award and how to apply