Monthly Archives: August 2015

IFLA School Library Guidelines Approved


IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2nd editionThe IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition, was endorsed by the Professional Committee on advice by the Committee of Standards in June 2015. The standard was revised and written by the School Libraries Section over a period of more than two years and replaces the IFLA/UNESCO School Library Guidelines which were published in 2002.

The guidelines have been developed to assist school library professionals and educational decision-makers in their efforts to ensure that all students and teachers have access to effective school library programmes and services, delivered by qualified school library personnel.

The drafting of these revised guidelines involved input and discussion at various workshops, events and meetings, some of which received funding support from the IFLA Professional Committee, and through ongoing writing and review in person and online.

Göteborg Book Fair

Several international reading promoters will visit Sweden and Göteborg Book Fair on September 24-27. This year’s laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the South African organisation PRAESA, and Daniel Goldin, publisher and Director of the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, will participate in seminars and programs at the Swedish Art Council’s Young Stage (Ung scen).

“We are excited about this year’s Book Fair,” says ALMA Director Helen Sigeland. “We hope that many visitors will be inspired by PRAESA’s amazing work, which focuses on encouraging children to read for enjoyment, building their self-esteem and helping them connect to their native language through reading and stories, which is highly topical issue today.”

PRAESA is represented by Arabella Koopman, Content Manager for the national reading promotion project Nal’ibali, a network of reading clubs that uses media campaigns to encourage children to read and inspire parents, grandparents and teachers to read with them.

“Daniel Goldin is one of the world’s foremost reading promoters, a brilliant inspirer,” says Helen Sigeland. Daniel Goldin is the publisher who discovered the 2013 ALMA Laureate Isol’s talent for illustrated children’s books.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million, is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. The award is designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature. The UN convention of rights of the child is the foundation of our work. An expert jury selects the laureate(s) from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government in 2002 and is administrated by the Swedish Arts Council.

Call for applications for literacy innovation award

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Award for public library services contributing to literacy in the community is now open.

This call for applications is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that use information and communication technology (ICT) in creative ways to improve literacy of children or adults.

They are seeking excellent examples of library services that use digital technology: 

  • To teach non-literate people how to read and write, and / or 
  • To improve people’s existing literacy levels.

The services can target people of any age and gender (including children, youth, adults or seniors) who have literacy needs. 

The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.

The deadline for submitting applications is 12 October 2015. Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Dutch Reading Promotion

The Dutch Art of Reading program supports reading aloud, free voluntary reading, and information literacy for children. Strategies include BookStart, the Public Library at school, and strategic reading promotion networks. Public libraries work with various organizations and agencies. The Dutch Reading Foundation and the National Library oversee the initiatives.

BookStart promotes early reading, story telling, and family reading experiences. The National Reading Coalition  is especially interested in combatting illiteracy, and Dutch ministries are addressing language issues.

The Public Library at school professionalizes reading approaches through long term collaboration in developing policies, collections, portal, and activities.This program is showing their impact through digital monitoring. Data may be viewed at several levels: from national down to classroom.

The digital editions of related documents are found on the English section at