IFLA Green Library Award winner!

 

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB), with generous sponsorship from De Gruyter Publishing (Boston/Berlin), has circulated a Call for Submissions for the IFLA Green Library Award for the 4th year in a row.  34 submissions were received from around the world, including Austria, Botswana, Bulgaria, Colombia, Egypt, France/Reunion, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, and USA. The 18  reviewers were as diverse as those who submitted and a blend of LIS students, library professionals (from public and academic libraries) and an architect as well.  After much deliberation, the winner was selected:

Colombia, Cali, Biblioteca Pública Municipal Daniel Guillard:
“Gaia- En mi biblioteca la tierra también es de todos”.

Colombia-Biblioteca Pública Municipal Daniel Guillard-Winner-2019

 

This initiative involves all ages and all the community in generating awareness on sustainability and green practice with visible impact. Thus, the library has innovative projects for all ages, from babies to seniors, including vulnerable people, and these projects combine information literacy, eco-literacy and reading. The library is focused on empowering their community that faces many social and economic problems to help rebuild the neighborhood to make it eco-friendlier, while also improving social and economic conditions – without great economic means.


Five Runners Up

Hungary, Kiskunfelegyha: Sándor Petöfi Town Library’s Green Road in Art-Relic’s Environment”

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This initiative covered many of the different areas and the library is doing significant work at a level that is appropriate to their community and resources. The library has settled many projects from architectural initiatives to librarians’ participation and several activities are offered also to stakeholders. Thus, the library has been remodelled to bring it closer to environmental standards and various projects have been offered to librarians, stakeholders and users. The library has also created an Eco-Work Team to plan and coordinate future work. More..

Ireland, Cork: University College Cork Library – “Love Our Library”

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For this project, the University College Cork Library receives a special recognition of excellence! The Boole Library at University College Cork has made real and provable “green” changes to their organisation, i.e., sparked real changes in the behaviour of people using and working in the library – over 1 0000 students signed a pledge to support the changes at the very beginning. Thus, this initiative offered practical solutions to pervasive waste problems and generating a major impact that can be scaled and shared by libraries around the world. The library has developed an excellent road map for other organizations to follow. An additional feature of the project is its strong and consistent communications strategy that keeps all stakeholders updated and involved. More..

France, ReunionMedia Library of Saint‐Joseph – Reunion Island”

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An excellent example of sustainable architectural design: an innovatively designed bioclimatic building in a tropical environment that is open to the elements and mirrors the local lifestyle. Thus, this initiative consisted on an amazing sustainable building that transcends the notion of inside/outside and has nature and green practice at the heart of all their efforts. At the same time, the architecture combines traditional architecture, the functionality of modern architecture and the incorporation of important sustainable and environmental measures. More..

Slovenia, Ljubljana: “Šentvid Library – the Green Library, Ljubljana City Library

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This initiative included environmental management and social engagement: green library building; green collections, etc. Thus, the library covers all of the areas of green libraries in their activities and in their building. The library presents a large range of regular projects that invite the whole community to examine and understand the importance of conserving natural resources and the respect of the natural environment. In addition, the projects help people to understand the importance of acting as environmentally responsible citizens. One reviewer said: “I was impressed by their connections to the local community in developing environmental programming for all ages, staff also follow green practices in their work and in the maintenance/cleaning of the building.” More..

U.S., NY, New York: “Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association

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This initiative’s strengths are relevance, visibility and global impressiveness on going green as it brings out the emphasis of green libraries as practical contributors to environmental sustainability. The initiative showed also political courage. Many aspects of the project will serve many libraries and can be emulated by many libraries Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association. More..

Call for SustainRT Committee Volunteers – Deadline May 5th

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) continues to grow and thrive with a dramatic increase in membership this year. Come be a part of this dynamic round table by serving on a committee to help continue the growth and relevance of our shared work.   Seeking members for the following committees:

  •  Governance
  •  Membership
  •  Online Education
  •  Outreach
  •  Programming
  •  Book Award

To read more about the committees: http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/sustainrt-committees

Applications accepted until May 5th
Notification by May 19th
Two year terms commence on July 1st

Details and volunteer sign up:  http://www.ala.org/groups/committees/volunteer/frm_vol/

Climate Change World Cafe training (Boston metro area workshop, 5/30/19)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 10 AM- 12 Noon
Hosted by NOBLE 42 A Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 Map
Presented by librarians: Madeleine Charney, UMass Amherst Libraries; CJ Wong, Merrimack College Library

Put Your Library on the Map* – Host a Climate Change Conversation!
Be part of the 2nd Annual Climate Prep Week (Sept. 24-30).
Massachusetts libraries are partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host climate change conversations in libraries across the state. The workshop will begin with background on Climate Prep Week, followed by examples of resilience-building events you can host in your library. Then we’ll move into a Climate Change World Cafe experience, as you imagine yourself hosting such an event. Other event types will also be touched upon (e.g. environmental justice workshops, maker spaces, mindfulness practices, book talks, film screenings, reflective writing, and interactive displays). There will be time to brainstorm ideas and ways to find collaborators…the possibilities are limitless! For all types of libraries: public, academic, school.

*Participating libraries will be represented on an interactive map on CREW’s website.

Sign Up Here

Doppelt’s Free Spring Webinars on Transformational Resilience for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses

 Free Spring Webinars on Transformational Resilience for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses

http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/

The webinars include:

  • Introduction to Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses, Tuesday April 2 from 12 noon–1 pm Pacific Time
  • The Resilient Growth ModelTM for Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses, Tuesday, April 9, from 12 noon–1 pm Pacific Time
  • Building a Culture of Transformational Resilience Within Public, Non-Profit, and Private Organizations for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses, Tuesday, April 16 from 12 noon–1 pm Pacific Time
  • Building a Culture of Transformational Resilience Within Communities for Climate Traumas and Toxic Stresses, Tuesday, April 23 from 12 noon–1 pm Pacific Time

To see a description of each workshop and to register go to: http://www.theresourceinnovationgroup.org/

 

Free SustainRT webinar 2/26/19

The Online Education Committee of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table: Libraries Fostering Resilience Communities presents…

Libraries Building Climate Disruption Resilience: For Ourselves, and Our Patrons

Tuesday February 26, 2019 3:00-4:00pm eastern

Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/279294541

Or dial by location

+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 279 294 541

Presentation by Bob Doppelt, author of Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing
Followed by Q& A, discussion, sharing ideas for resources, services and programming

Part I: Bob Doppelt will orient us beyond emission reductions, physical infrastructure and natural resources. Instead, this webinar will focus on how individuals and groups can build capacity to cope with and use the adversities generated by climate change as catalysts to learn, grow and flourish. Librarians, along with mental health, public health, emergency response, education, and faith leaders can offer resources, services and programming that emphasize building preventative personal and psychosocial resilience skills.

Toxic stresses generated by climate disruption damage the psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing of individuals, organizations, communities and whole societies. This webinar will offer methods and skills that build capacity and use the traumas of climate change as catalysts to find new meaning, direction, and hope in life. For ourselves, and our patrons.

Part II: What specific roles can libraries play in creating a safety net for our communities — before, during, and after climate disruption events? We will share ideas for resilience-building resources, services and programming.

Related events:

  • SustainRT Online Education Committee will offer a virtual mindfulness experience/conversation as a followup to this webinar – Date and time TBA
  • ALA Annual Preconference (free) – June 21, 2019 (1pm-4/5pm – TBA)
    Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: Stabilizing Ourselves and Our Patron

Joining the webinar by SIP? Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeufHzqJlY

279294541@zoomcrc.com

Join by H.323

162.255.37.11 (US West)

162.255.36.11 (US East)

221.122.88.195 (China)

115.114.131.7 (India)

213.19.144.110 (EMEA)

202.177.207.158 (Australia)

209.9.211.110 (Hong Kong)

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Meeting ID: 279 294 541

Attending ALA MW in Seattle?

Katie Sherrer  is offering these mindfulness sessions at MidWinter she shared  on Mindfulness for Librarians.:  “…I know conferencing taps me out. So many ideas, less than great food, and definitely too little sleep. Mindfulness is a huge help, so I’d like to share with others who may want some instruction or just enjoy practicing in community.”

Drop in for any of her three pop-up mindfulness sessions (30 minutes each) in the Networking Uncommons.     Sat 2-2:30; Sun 1-1:30; Mon 9:30-10