WE BUILD LIBRARIES’ ICT CAPACITY
Young African librarians sharing ideas with Indonesian librarians, sitting around a table.
In 2018, an EIFL initiative brought 15 young African public library innovators to Indonesia and Malaysia for a major knowledge-sharing, learning and networking programme.

THE CHALLENGE

To offer new services that use technology, public librarians need new skills.

The EIFL Public Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) helps to build the capacity of librarians so that they can introduce technology, manage new services, build non-traditional partnerships and engage with communities in new and different ways.

WHAT WE DO

  • We build public librarians’ capacity to develop new and innovative services that meet community needs.
  • We train public librarians to measure the impact of ICT-based services, and to use impact evidence to advocate with government for resourcing of public libraries with technology and funding for new services.
  • We build public librarians’ digital skills and enable them pass on their skills to people in the community.
  • We offer scholarships and organize international knowledge-sharing, learning and networking events to introduce public librarians to new service ideas.

Immediately after the EIFL training, in collaboration with my colleague, we embarked on a women’s empowerment programme in which we supported women’s self-help groups to draft constitutions for their groups, helped them to research the internet for donors and to fill in online proposal templates. Some groups have already received funding.

- Wellington M. Ngala, librarian at Kenya National Library Service / Dzitsoni Library, who attended EIFL’s new service development training in Kenya

FACTS

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In 2017 EIFL-PLIP built new service development, project management, communications and advocacy skills of over 400 public librarians. 

 

 

 

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In 2013 EIFL was awarded a WSIS Project Prize for Excellence in the category Capacity Building for the work of EIFL-PLIP.