Monthly Archives: April 2016

Start filming for ‘A corto di libri’


A reminder about MetLib’s  A corto di libri, the Section’s international short film contest about libraries, organized in partnership with AIB, the Italian Library Association. To date entries have been received from Argentina, Australia, Croatia and Italy. Five more will arrive in the next few days. The deadline is April 30.

If you want to have an idea of the videos, please check this post on Public Libraries Online:

For further information check the IFLA web page which also has the link to the official website and YouTube channel.



EIFL Public Library Innovation Award


EIFL  has announced its Public Library Innovation Award – for Public libraries improving people’s lives. They are seeking excellent services that tackle issues included in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, for example, health, employment, agriculture, education, climate change, and others.

  • The call is open to all public libraries in developing and transition economy countries.
  • The prize is US$1,500, and wide publicity through EIFL’s international network.
  • The deadline is May 15.

Click here for further information about the award and how to apply



Systematic Public Library of the Year 2016

Winner of the 2015 Award, Krista Public Library in Stockholm

Winner of the 2015 Award, Krista Public Library in Stockholm

The Danish Agency for Culture has announced the Systematic Public Library of the Year Award 2016. The winner will be presented at the IFLA annual Congress in Columbus, US in August 2016.

The award for best public library in the world 2016 will again this year be given to a library that is either newly build or located in a building that has not previously been used as a library. The award is presented in collaboration with the firm Systematic and with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Public Libraries Section. The prize is $US 5,000.

Libraries nominated for the prize will be evaluated on how they incorporate digital development and local culture of the surrounding community in the library space. The architectural expression of the library must be open and functional, to the point where it is well balanced with the surroundings, as well as supporting creative and innovative experiences for the library users. The library must also have incorporated sustainability into the building.

The criteria can be viewed in further detail on the webpage of the Model Programme for Public Libraries, and this is also the place to apply. Closing date is June 1st 2016