EIFL : Electronic Information for Libraries : Several Initiatives

With over 15 years' experience, as a not-for-profit organization, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) continues to build its extensive global network of national libraries, partner organizations and people, in over 60 developing and transition economy countries (in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America) to enable access to knowledge

IYALI (Initiative for Young African Library Innovators) will expose emerging public library innovators in Africa to experiences and ideas from other developing and transition economy countries. 

The initiative aims to expand the professional horizons of African public librarians, and help them see their own work and achievements in a new and different light.

IYALI is a partnership among the EIFL-PLIP, the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

  EIFL IN ACTION : Browse EIFL’s work in copyright, open access, licensing, public library innovation, and the development of library consortia.

All EIFL activities have been delivered through four EIFL Programmes :

The Open Access Programme ...


...removes barriers to knowledge sharing by advocating for the adoption of open access (OA) policies and mandates, and by building the capacity to launch and sustain OA repositories and journals.

This Programme is currently involved in the two European Commission (EC) funded projects, such as:

  • FOSTER PLUS - Fostering the practical implementation of Open Science in Horizon 2020 and beyond (involving 11 partners) and
  • OpenAIRE (involving 64 partners).  

The Copyright and Libraries Programme ...


...advocates for national and international copyright law reform, and supports librarians to become advocates for a fair copyright system.

The Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) ...

... advances community development by enabling public libraries to implement innovative ideas that use technology to improve people’s lives and livelihoods.

EIFL-PLIP works to serve needs across six crucial community development issues:
(1) agriculture; (2) digital inclusion; (3) education; (4) employment; (5) health; (6) women and girls.

The Licensing Programme ...


... negotiates affordable access to commercial e-resources, promotes awareness, and encourages usage.

Browse EIFL Licensed E-Resources available (at discounted prices to institutions in eligible countries) through EIFL Licensing Programme.

EIFL Programmes FAQs

EIFL Programmes aim at helping people to access and use information for education, learning, research and sustainable community development.

  • Find out more about EIFL's outcomes, by browsing EIFL collection of resources (& Webinars) on licensing, copyright for libraries, open access, library consortium development, free and open source software (FOSS) for libraries, and public library innovation:


Free and open source software (FOSS) for libraries

Library consortia development


Open access

Public library innovation


  In frame of its four Programmes, since 2011, EIFL has completed (as to January 2018) 10 Innovation Award Calls and announced the names of 37 winners in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Meet the winners of EIFL awards.

  Each year EIFL brings together (to General Assembly) national coordinators from over 60 countries to:

  • debate the latest developments in electronic content delivery,
  • discover emerging issues of significance to libraries,
  • share achievements from library consortia over the last year.

 To stay up to date with EIFL activities, read EIFL news EIFL blogs, follow EIFL on Twitter

Keep track of EIFL events:

  • 17 - 19 Jan 2018 (Athens, Greece) : OpenAIRE-Advance project kick off meeting
  • 12 - 16 Feb 2018 (Hanover, Germany) : ‘Book sprint’ Workshop in which the FOSTER (Facilitating Open Science Training for European Research) Project will bring together 14 Open Science trainers and educators from 10 countries to work together to write a training handbook
  • ...

   Spotlight on EIFL’s Webinar on DSpace-CRIS

DSpace-CRIS is a free open source extension of DSpace that has the institutional repository as its core component, and also stores and manages data about research conducted at an institution.

If you missed this webinar, you can still get the most out of it by accessing the Webinar Recording and Slides.

More about DSpace:

For more information Contact EIFL Team (Meet EIFL multilingual Team)

Timeline highlighting key moments and milestones in EIFL’s history  


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