Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve, on Wednesday, 12/5/2018 1:00 PM (Eastern)
In February 2017, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a Community Conversations pilot with the goal of further establishing branch libraries as key civic convening centers, providing space, information and quality discussion for communities to better understand and problem-solve around local issues.
Aligning with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, NYPL’s Adult Programming and Outreach Services (ORS) Office developed an original 11-month training program with staff from 16 branch libraries that resulted in a series of unique, community-led programs.
Program boundaries were kept flexible enough for branch staff to be able to design programs with their own diverse neighborhood communities in mind. Branches experimented with a variety of tactics to ensure community focus, including community issue voting boards, a public planning committee, community-mapping and final program sessions that invited attendees to discuss next steps.
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