Our good friends and partners at EIFL have great news! The new EIFL Public Library Innovation Award call – for public libraries supporting education recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic – is now open for applications.


COVID-19 has disrupted education all over the world. Closures of educational institutions, still ongoing in many places, have affected billions of children, youth and adults, damaging their wellbeing, life chances and livelihoods. To lessen education losses and accelerate progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG 4), UNESCO has called on different players - from international organizations to governments, civil society, educators and students - to work together on education recovery.  

By providing access to information and learning resources, digital infrastructure and skills training, and educational programmes for children and adults, public libraries are making vital contributions to achieving SDG 4. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public librarians worked hard to adapt and continue library services under lockdown, quarantine and other restrictions. 

This innovation award call seeks to highlight good practices and effective strategies by public libraries that are helping learners and educators make up for learning losses, adjust to new forms of learning, and continue their education during and after the pandemic.

The prize is US$1,500 plus wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, 8 November 2021.

Applications will be accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish.



What happened at Next Library Festival?

Get slides, pictures and more here: The Digital Goodie Bag

The event took place on June 3. The digital goodie bag is ready.

1235 participants from more than 42 countries joined the event. It ran 24 hours starting at 8 am (UTC+2) following the sun around the planet to the next morning 8 am (UTC+2). 

Keynotes: Peter MacLeod: Democracy's Second Act and Rolf Hapel: Past the Post-Pandemic Libraries - What's Next? Ryan Jenkins: Tinkering: A Playful Approach to Lifelong Learning More to be announced soon!

Sessions and inspirational talks about Democracy, SDG's, Creativity and playful learning

Social events, surprises, Tour your library and much more!

Joy of Reading Award 2021

Systematic kicks off hunt for world’s best reading project Joy of Reading Award 2021

The Systematic Joy of Reading Award is an international award founded by the software company Systematic in collaboration with Aarhus Public Libraries, and is presented every other year at the international Next Library conference in Aarhus.

The award is given to a project which is working innovatively to combat illiteracy, and which focuses on the individual’s love of reading and their reading skills.
The award comes with a prize of USD 10,000.

President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Christine Mackenzie, will present the award virtually to the winner at Next Library 2021 Festival 3 June 2021.

Information about the Joy of Reading Award, the jury and the application process is available here:

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