I can’t wait to read this new publication through Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB)
Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries
Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes, and Services.
Edited by Petra Hauke, Harri Sahavirta, and Madeleine Charney.
Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Saur, 2018. VII, 234 pages. (IFLA
Publication, 177). //ISBN 978-3-11-060584-6, also as ebook
available. See list of contents at the publisher’s website:
This publication discusses different aspects of reducing the “ecological footprint” in libraries’ workaday operations as well as the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability. The theoretical background and practical applications of worldwide libraries and their contribution to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be discussed.
General articles and research studies from Finland, Germany, Portugal, and Brasil illuminate libraries’ contributions to the SDGs. Case studies from Sweden, Kenya, Germany, Ukraine, China, and Serbia discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing a sustainable approach at public libraries. Examples of best practices from academic libraries come from Hong Kong, Cameroon, Germany, Uganda, USA, and Kenya. All articles are written in English.
The book project was realized in cooperation with LIS students from the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Germany. For more information please visit the project website at https://www.ibi.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/studprojekte/buchidee
“Handprint Parties: a public programming tool for librarians to help communities accelerate towards a sustainable future”Explore how librarians at the Portsmouth Public Library (NH) have successfully collaborated with community partners to plan and implement educational programs called “Handprint Parties” that encourage positive action around a wide range of sustainability topics. Presented by: Bert Cohen is retired Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Hampshire where he team taught classes in Sustainable Living and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living. & Steven Butzel, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Steering Committee member of the Sustainability Alliance
What is the concept of a “Handprint”?
The handprint of an action or a product or a service is the sum total of positive impacts we create in the process that support the health of our planetary systems. This contrasts with a “footprint”, such as a carbon footprint, which is the sum total of negative impacts caused by a process necessary to produce a product or service. You can read more about these two concepts in the following article in which Dr. Greg Norris of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment discusses the issues in more detail
This webinar will be an experiential, action oriented presentation in which attendees are asked to interact with the presenters so come with a pad of paper and writing device. In exchange, all attendees will be offered free consultations on how to host a Handprint Party at their own institution on a passionate topic of their choosing.
The Sustainability Round Table’s Enviro Scan taskforce is collecting information on books, articles, websites, blogs, social groups, and projects that fall under the umbrella of Sustainable Libraries. Please use this form to suggest resources or projects that will become part of our SustainRT Sustainability Database soon to be created.
The Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum is designed to advance sustainability thought leadership and to inspire sustainability action. There are still openings! October 9 – 12, 2018 on the Yale University Campus: https://sustainability-forum.yale.edu/
NOT attending the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018? IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:
“For the second time, IFLA will live stream parts of the of the World Library and Information Congress, and we will deliver it to you without any cost. As IFLA always wants to grow, to improve, to become better, our offer is much better than last year. We will give you the chance to participate at nine sessions: the five most popular IFLA sessions and four very important sessions of the Professional Units. This will allow you to get a taste of the conference, and to participate from everywhere in the world.”
- “What’s Up with eLending?” organised jointly by the eLending Working Party and the Public Libraries Section (Wednesday 29 August from 08:30 – 10:30 GMT+8), and
- “Win-Win: building strong education, training and continuing professional development together with strong library associations” co-organised by the IFLA Management of Library Associations, Education and Training, and Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Sections (Wednesday 29 August from 10:45 – 12:45 GMT+8).
- Closing Session (Wednesday 29 August from 16:00 – 17:30 GMT+8)
- Live streaming will be offered via YouTube in local time (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – Check here the time in your city.
- To access the live streaming just access this playlist in YouTube and select the session. No registration is required.
- Recordings will be made available afterwards in our YouTube channel and the WLIC 2018 website after the sessions.
Attending the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018? ENSULIB, the IFLA Special Interest Group for Environment, Sustainability and Libraries has lots of great programming:
Sun 26 August
12.00-14.00 Poster Session (Poster no 103) “Transform Libraries – Transform Societies: Go Green!”
13.00-14.00 Session 196b, Presentation of new IFLA/De Gruyter Publications, with “Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World – Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services”, edited by: Hauke/Charney/Sahavirta (ENSULIB)
13.45-15.45 Session 116 (Library Theory & Information Literacy Sections): Panel with “From Information Literacy to Green Literacy; Training Librarians as trainers for Sustainability Literacy” (P. Hauke, Germany)
Mon 27 August
12.00-14.00 Poster Session 2 (Poster no 103) “Transform Libraries – Transform Societies: Go Green!”
12.45-13.45 Session 153b Awards Presentation, with IFLA Green Library Award 2018
Tue 28 August
09.30-11.30 Session 187 (Environmental Sustainability and Libraries & Libraries for Children and Young Adults): Catalyst for environmental and social sustainability: Libraries supporting young adults’ quest for a better future (chair: P. Hauke)