General Assembly

Photo of librarians at workshop at the EIFL General Assembly.
Kevin Smith, Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Duke University Libraries, facilitates an interactive session on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at the EIFL General Assembly.

The General Assembly (GA) is EIFL’s annual knowledge sharing and networking event for library professionals in developing and transition countries.

Each year EIFL brings together national coordinators from EIFL partner countries to debate the latest developments in electronic content delivery, to discover emerging issues of significance to libraries, and to share achievements from library consortia over the last year.

Over three days participants take part in interactive sessions with expert guest speakers, build links and collaborate with one another, identify the most pressing needs in their consortia and share information and ideas for addressing those needs. The GA also provides participants with the opportunity to engage in individual discussions with EIFL partner publishers and programme managers through intensive 'speed dating' sessions.

The General Assembly is hosted in a different location each year. In addition to the daily conference agenda, participants are treated to lively group dinners, and an afternoon spent on a cultural tour in the host city.

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I attended the EIFL GA for the first time in 2009. It was a unique opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from many parts of the world. I found the sessions on open access, copyright and technological innovations particularly useful, and went home with many new ideas.

Kirshna Mani Bhandary, Nepal Library and Information Consortium



EIFL held its first General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2002.


In 2012 the EIFL General Assembly was part of the official programme of celebrations for the UNESCO World Book Capital in Yerevan, Armenia.