And the 14 winners of EIFL´s PLIP replication grant are...

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) announced a week ago the names of the 14 winners of their replication grants. 

Using ICT in innovative ways 
The 14 new services meet community development needs in the areas of agriculture, health, children and youth at risk and employment. They form part of EIFL-PLIP’s strategy to build the capacity of public libraries to use modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in innovative ways to serve community needs. 

The awards mark the launch of EIFL-PLIP’s second phase. During Phase 2 (2011/2012) PLIP supports public libraries in developing and transition countries to replicate 12 innovative community development services implemented during the first phase of EIFL-PLIP (2010/2011). 
The 14 winners are:
Development area - Agriculture
  • Berd Public Library, Armenia – increasing farmers’ income through enhanced information flows to farmers.
  • Klintaine Public Library, Latvia – network of rural libraries to enhance farmers’ knowledge through webinars.
  • Pasvalys Marius Katiliskis Public Library, Lithuania – using smart phones to create a mobile information resource for farmers
  • Public Library Laboratorio del Espiritu, Colombia – creating links between farmers and farm support agencies to improve farming methods.
  • Regional public and university library Goce Delchev-Stip, Macedonia – library on wheels to help farmers apply for grants and subsidies.
Development area - Health
  • Kaunas County Public Library, Lithuania – ICT service promotes healthy lifestyles among the over 60s.
  • Kyrgyz Libraries Information Consortium, Kyrgyzstan – public libraries pilot a unique service to combat spread of TB.
  • Lori Regional Library, Armenia – Health Bridge uses ICT to connect communities to health information.
  • Mestia Public Library, Georgia – using interactive ICT to build healthy mountain communities. 
Development area - Improving employment prospects
  • Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library, Bulgaria – employment and skills training service for the over 40s
  • Zagreb City Libraries, Croatia - employment service centre set up in shelter for the homeless. 
Development area - Youth and children at risk
  • East Kazakhstan Oblast Pushkin Library, Kazakhstan – combining tradition and modern technology to build youth skills.
  • Masiphumelele Public Library, South Africa – free computer training and ICT to link unemployed youth to opportunities.
  • National Library of Uganda, with Lira and Masindi public libraries – using mobile phones to inform youth about training, business support and finance.