Monthly Archives: August 2015

EIFL Public Library Innovation Award


EIFL is calling for applications for the EIFL Public Library Innovation Award for public library services contributing to literacy.

The call 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.
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.
Read more and apply –

There will be more than one award – so please share this information and help us attract applications from as many innovative public libraries as possible.

Library Spaces – Real and Digital

Call for Papers: Library Spaces – Real and Digital
Library Congress in Leipzig (Germany) 2016

Speakers from abroad are explicitly encouraged to submit presentations to the congress. For this purpose, financial support can be applied for at BII – Bibliothek & Information International ( Library & Information International). The program committee is especially asking US-American colleagues to contribute papers to the program, as the United States of America will be the congress’s guest of honor in 2016.
Deadline is September 11!

Cologne Public Library Honoured

Congratulations to the Cologne Public Library has been named 2015 Library of the Year award by the Deutsche Bibliotheksverband (dbv) (German Library Association). The award, Germany’s highest honor for libraries, will be bestowed at a ceremony on Saturday, October 24, 2015, on the “Tag der Bibliotheken” (the German national Library Day). The Cologne Public Library is the sixteenth recipient of the award.

The Cologne Public Library was chosen unanimously from among the selection pool. All nominated libraries were judged on the following criteria: quality and innovation of library services, forward-looking approach, sustainable effect, attractive program and service offerings, effective publicity, international engagement and local, regional and international networking.

Further information about the Award is available here

Libraries as Gigahubs

The latest issue of TITL has a great article on the Library White Space Project.  This project capitalises on the existing physical infrastructure represented by the public libraries, as well as their importance as an information hub in communities, to act as a Wi-Fi portal using
technology that can be implemented in a very practical way.

The project aims to use the spare capacity of the TV spectrum to extend access to internet and other resources by leveraging a technology that with no physical cabling reach (literally) through walls to act as a gateway for Wi-Fi hotspots and connections. This technology provides a low-cost vehicle for letting the library act as a wide-area Wi-Fi hotspot gateway.

There are some wonderful stories emerging of how this technology is transforming communities in countries such as India and Kenya.