10 New Library Services Prepare Youth for a High-Tech World

Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media — it’s all happening at 10 public libraries that have just launched new services for children and youth.

The new services are supported with small grants (up to $20,000) from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). They serve children and youth aged up to 24 in developing and transitioning economy countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

The libraries use a wide range of hardware and software —computers, the internet, smart phones, social media tools, 3D printers, websites and more — to teach young people valuable literacy, media and technical skills, to increase their creativity and confidence, and to meet their needs in the areas of health, literacy and communication.

“We live in an increasingly high-tech world and children and youth in developing and transitioning countries, where access to information and communication technology (ICT) is still problematic, struggle to learn ICT skills. These new projects show how innovative public libraries can help meet young people’s technology and many other learning needs,” said Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL-PLIP Program Manager.

Award recipients include:

EIFL-PLIP advances community development by enabling public libraries to implement innovative ideas that use information and communication technology to improve people’s lives. Since 2010, EIFL-PLIP support has sparked creation of 49 new and innovative public library projects leading to creation of new services in over 300 public and community libraries.

Read more about the EIFL-PLIP grants program and the ten new services.