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BBC features EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project 2 Apr 2014
BBC News has featured an in-depth profile of EIFL’s eLibrary Myanmar project in their Knowledge Economy series. In the story, Instant e-libraries for Myanmar universities, BBC education correspondent Sean Coughlan describes how, after decades...
EIFL welcomes Algeria as partner country 18 Mar 2014
EIFL is delighted to welcome the Algerian Consortium of Higher Education and Scientific Research Establishments as our newest partner within the EIFL network.  Algeria, officially The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, has a...
EIFL-FOSS looks back at four years of achievements 10 Jan 2014
The latest phase of funding for the EIFL-FOSS programme ran from 2010 to 2013 As the EIFL Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) programme draws to a close, we look back on a four-year programme of innovative activities using and promoting free...
2013 General Assembly 25 Nov 2013
  PDF version LOW RES / HIGH RES The 2013 EIFL General Assembly (GA), our annual knowledge-sharing and networking event, took place in the vibrant city of Istanbul that lies on the ancient Silk Road, that has facilitated cultural...
Seven EIFL library consortia celebrate 10 years of achievement 17 Oct 2013
EIFL-partner library consortia look back at a decade of growth and access to knowledge
Seven library consortia from a diverse range of countries are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2013 including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malawi and Slovenia. EIFL works with library consortia in more than 46...
Advocating for improved copyright laws for libraries 9 Jul 2013
Impressive first-time achievements recorded
Also available in PDF version high res | low res Impressive first-time achievements of eight EIFL-IP funded projects in Africa, Asia and Europe Restrictive copyright laws create legal barriers to accessing resources for education, research and...
Webinars create a buzz about FOSS in libraries 10 Jan 2013
Also available in PDF version high res | low res An brief overview of EIFL-FOSS webinars from 2011 and 2012...  Access to knowledge is fundamental to education and research, and thereby socio-economic development. Students and scholars in...
Public libraries – the go-to place for jobseekers 14 Nov 2012
‘At the library, I learned how to advertise my skills on the internet and to create a website. I sent out resumes and looked for a job online. Fortune smiled on me!’ - Kuanysh Dyusupov, trainee of East Kazakhstan Oblast Pushkin Public Library’s...
Three library consortia celebrate 10 years of service 11 Sep 2012
Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Zimbabwe, three very diverse consortia show vision
In 2012, three EIFL partner consortia in very diverse regions will be celebrating their 10th anniversary.  The first to celebrate will be Kyrgyzstan Library Information Consortium (KLIC) at the beginning of October.  Zimbabwe University...
Spotlight on the GA 2012 1 Aug 2012
PDF version: low res | high res The General Assembly (GA) is the major knowledge-sharing event of the year for EIFL. Coordinators from EIFL partner countries and invited guests meet to discuss EIFL activities and strategies, and to...
EIFL open access advocacy grants deliver big results 28 Feb 2012
Libraries reaching out to research communities in developing and transition countries
Open access (OA) seeks to remove price and permission barriers that prevent knowledge from being shared. OA increases visibility, usage and impact of research and provides significant economic, social and educational benefits. The EIFL-OA programme...
Copyright for Librarians (CFL) reaches millions more 13 Jan 2012
CFL launches in Arabic, Chinese, French and Russian
Copyright law directly affects library services providing access to learning resources, scientific and research information. Librarians and their professional organisations play key roles in shaping national and international copyright policy and in...
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Libraries lead the way providing tools for visually impaired students 16 Nov 2011
EIFL-sponsored project nominated for prestigious UN award
According to the World Health Organization, across the world, there are 285 million visually impaired persons (VIP); 90% of them are living in developing countries.  The librarians at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) wanted to better serve the...
Perceptions of public libraries in Africa: research + results = change 14 Sep 2011
Harnessing the potential of public libraries for community development
Public libraries are uniquely positioned to change lives and build strong communities. In many parts of the world, where access to technology is extremely limited, libraries are often the sole source of access to computers and the internet. Through...
Spotlight on the GA 2011 13 Jul 2011
EIFL's successful General Assembly in Minsk brought together participants from 46 countries
PDF version The General Assembly is the major knowledge-sharing event of the year for EIFL. Coordinators from EIFL partner countries and invited guests come together to discuss EIFL activities and to debate state-of-the-art issues with expert...
Smart and innovative – public libraries for development 11 May 2011
Sparking new and innovative services to improve people's lives through the use of new technology
Public libraries have enormous potential to help people in so many ways. Through them people can learn new skills, find jobs, discover history and culture, understand current affairs, improve their health, meet other people, connect to other sources...
3 library consortia celebrating 10 successful years 8 Mar 2011
Moldova, Lithuania and Serbia show drive and commitment in transforming library services for users
In 2011, three EIFL partner consortia will celebrate their first ten years. First up in January is Electronic Resources for Moldova - Resurse Electronice pentru Moldova (REM). In October, the Serbian Library Consortium for Coordinated Acquisition,...
OpenAIRE is good for global research 11 Jan 2011
OpenAIRE - the European infrastructure for open access to research results. In 2007, the European Union spent €228 billion ($301 billion) or 1.85% of GDP on research and development. “Europe 2020” - the European Union’s strategy for smart and...
Building digital libraries in Africa: Local content, regional support, global visibility 15 Nov 2010
Amos Kujenga, Regional coordinator, Southern African Greenstone Support Network   “As hubs for Greenstone activities, the National Centres are doing a great job raising awareness of the role of digital libraries both locally and across...
Changing research in Mozambique with a shared institutional repository 3 Sep 2010
An institutional repository (IR) is a publicly accessible archive where the work published by authors affiliated with the university is available online. According to the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR), there are over 1,700...