EIFL Public Library Innovation Award 13: Rules and guidelines for submission

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1. Application may be submitted either in writing, or in video (film) format. For further details see points 4 and 5, below.

2. Applications may be submitted in English, Russian, French and Spanish (these are the main international languages that EIFL-PLIP staff and experts can read and understand, and we have chosen these languages for administrative purposes). If you submit your application using video format, you may use your mother-tongue, but the video must have clear subtitles in English.

3. Past and present EIFL-PLIP grantee libraries may not apply for an Innovation Award for an EIFL-PLIP-funded training programme. However, they may submit an application for a training programme not funded by EIFL-PLIP that qualifies for this award category. Past EIFL Public Library Innovation Award winners may not apply for a training programme that has received an EIFL innovation award in the past, but may submit an application for a different training programme.

4. If you decide to submit your application in writing, make sure that:

  • You fill in the Application form in full.
  • Your application is supported by 3 photos.

5. If you decide to submit your application in video format, make sure that:

  • The video incorporates all the information required by the Application form (doc), including (1) Information about your library (2) Background to the training programme (3) Description of the training (4) Results / impact of the training. You must study the Application form (doc) carefully for explanations of the information required.
  • The video is less than five minutes in length.
  • The video has clear English subtitles.
  • The video is uploaded to YouTube.

6. We will only accept applications (written or video) that are submitted through the EIFL-PLIP online submission system.

An e-mail help desk will be available during the period the Innovation Award call is open. Please feel free to contact us at plip@eifl.net. The language of communication is English.

7. The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November 2019.

Selection and eligibility criteria

    • Winners will be selected by a panel of international experts.
    • In selecting winners, the panel of experts will focus on what is creative and innovative about the training programme, and the results (impact) of the training programme. They will want to see quantitative and qualitative evidence of positive impact of the training, including statistics, information from training evaluation, surveys and interviews.
    • Only applications submitted by public and community libraries  from developing and transition countries  are eligible and will be assessed by the panel of experts.
    • The training programme should have started after January 2017.
    • The training programme must be operational at the time of application.
    • Only one training programme can be presented in the application. Other programmes presented in the application will not be considered.
    • Training programmes which are currently funded by EIFL-PLIP, or which have received EIFL-PLIP funding in the past, are NOT eligible for innovation awards. However, libraries that have received funding from EIFL-PLIP may submit an application for any training programme not funded by EIFL-PLIP.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What countries are eligible to apply?

    The call is open to applicants from transition and developing countries. See the complete list.

    What kind of libraries may apply?

    Public and community libraries may apply.

    • A public library is a library that is open to the general public, and which makes all kinds of knowledge and information available. The main source of funding is local/regional/national government.
    • A community library is a library which is primarily supported by community contributions, and which makes all kinds of knowledge and information available.

    Are training programmes that have been funded by EIFL-PLIP eligible?

    No, they are not. Past and present EIFL-PLIP grantee libraries may not apply for an Innovation Award for the EIFL-PLIP-funded training programme even if the grant contract period is over.

    However, libraries that have received funding from EIFL-PLIP may submit an application for any training programmes not funded by EIFL-PLIP that are qualified for the award category.

    We will not consider services that only offer free public access to computers and the internet.

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