EIFL at IFLA 2016
EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme and EIFL's copyright work in Myanmar on the platform at this global event

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Event Date: 13 Aug 2016 - 19 Aug 2016
Columbus, United States

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) and a past EIFL-PLIP grantee will be presenting at IFLA WLIC 2016 (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress 2016). EIFL will also present EIFL Public Library Innovation Award trophies and certificates to four winning libraries.

EIFL's support for copyright reform in Myanmar will feature in a session of the Copyright and Other Legal Matters (CLM) committee, and the new EIFL Core Library Exceptions Checklist is a resource for copyright-related discussions at special sessions for national library associations.

The congress theme this year is ‘Connections. Collaboration. Community’. Some 4,000 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the congress.


Sunday, 14 August

Session 078 - Copyright Matters! Libraries and National Copyright Reform Initiatives

  • Daw Mya Oo, Director National Library of Myanmar, will present a paper titled, 'Copyright reform in Myanmar'. The paper presents the current copyright context, the proposed copyright law, key EIFL recommendations on the draft law, and challenges for the future.

Session 081 - Library Services taking action for the UN 2030 Agenda

  • Sanja Bunić, project manager at Zagreb City Libraries in Croatia, will present a paper titled, ‘On the front line: Libraries contribution to a sustainable future supporting people experiencing homelessness’. The paper is based on the library’s computer, internet and job-seeking training programme for the homeless, which was initiated with support from EIFL-PLIP.

Tuesday, 16 August

Session 147 - Guidelines for Library Service to People Experiencing Homelessness: Overview and Examples - Library Services to People with Special Needs

  • Sanja Bunić will screen a video on the library’s service for the homeless. The video is titled ‘What do users say about library services for people experiencing homelessness?’

Wednesday, 17 August

Session 191 - Public access in libraries

  • As co-founder of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (Internet Governance Forum), EIFL will contribute to this session, which which addresses the critical role of libraries in increasing public access to the internet and ensuring that people everywhere have access to information and the skills to use it.

The session provides an overview of regional and global Internet Governance Forums, and introduces Global Connect, an initiative launched by the US State Department in September 2015. Global Connect aims to bring 1.5 billion people online by 2020.


Tuesday, 16 August

Session 140 - Award presentations

Four EIFL Public Library Innovation Award winners will receive their trophies and certificates at a special awards ceremony to be held in the Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab, between 12.45 and 13.45.

The four winners are -

  • Biblioteca Oasis del Saber (Colombia), which won an award for their intensive literacy training programme for teenagers and adults;
  • Cyberiada public library (Poland), awarded for their environmental education service which has inspired children to take action to protect the environment;
  • Kaunas Municipal ‘Vincas Kudirka’ Public Library (Lithuania), which provides a dynamic and practical electronics, 3D design and computer coding education programme to motivate young people to take up careers in technology and engineering, and
  • Micoud Public Library (St Lucia), whose computer and job-seeking skills training programme is building young people’s confidence to seek work.


Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 August

EIFL will present a poster to showcase the work of innovative public libraries supported by EIFL-PLIP in contributing to Goal 4 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 4 focuses on education, aiming to ensure there is inclusive and quality education for all, and to promote lifelong learning

In addition to two formal poster presentation sessions on 15 and 16 August, from 12:00 to 14:00, posters will be available for viewing in the Poster Area of the Exhibition Hall throughout the conference.


View the full IFLA programme here.