Apply for Public Library Innovation Award

Deadline: 12 October 2015
Open to: public or community library from transition or developing economy countries
Prize: USD 1,500


EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Award for public library services contributing to literacy in the community is now open. With this call, they are seeking excellent examples of library services that use digital technology:

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


To enter the competition, you must meet all of the following criteria:


  • Each winner will receive USD 1,500;
  • International publicity – EIFL-PLIP will share your story widely through its publicity channels.

There will be more than one award – the number of award winners will depend on the quality and diversity of applications received.


  1. Applications may be submitted either in writing, or in video (film) format. For further details see below;
  2. Applications may be submitted in English, Russian, French and Spanish (these are the main international languages that EIFL-PLIP staff and experts can read and understand, and they have chosen these languages for administrative purposes). If you submit your application using video format, you may use mother-tongue, but the video must have clear subtitles in English;
  3. Past and present EIFL-PLIP grantee libraries may not apply for an Innovation Award for the EIFL-PLIP-funded service. However, they may submit an application for a service or services that are not funded by EIFL-PLIP and are qualified for this award category. Past EIFL Public Library Innovation Award winners may not apply for a service that has received an EIFL innovation award in the past, but may submit an application for a different service;
  4. They will only accept applications (written or video) that are submitted through the EIFL-PLIP online submission system.
  • If you decide to submit your application in writing, make sure that:
    • You fill in the Application form in full;
    • Your application is supported by 2-3 photos.
  • If you decide to submit your application in video format, make sure that:
    • The video incorporates all the information required by the Application form (doc), including (1) Information about your library (2) Background to the service and the community need (3) Description of the service (4) Results / Community impact. You must study the Application form (doc) carefully for explanations of the information required;
    • The video is less than five minutes in length;
    • The video has clear English subtitles;
    • The video is uploaded to YouTube.

Deadline for applying is 12 October 2015.

An e-mail help desk will be available during the period the Innovation Award call is open. Please feel free to contact them at

For more information please visit the official website.

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