1st International Conference on Green Libraries

The 1st International Conference on Green Libraries – Lets Go Green! organized by the National and University Library in Zagreb / Brijuni, Croatia, 8-10 November 2018

is the first of its kind in the world and aims to create guidelines and conditions helping libraries communicate green content and programs, promote and enhance the awareness of the communicators themselves about the environment preservation and sustainable development and to strengthen existing cooperation among institutions sharing the same area of ​​interest by exchanging insight into the current and predicted socio-economic impact of their programs on users. The official language of the conference is English.

Co-organizer of the conference is the Croatian Library Association – Working Group for Green Libraries, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.  It will be held at:

National and University Library in Zagreb
Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4, 10000 ZAGREB, CROATIA
nsk@nsk.hr

Call for Presentations on topics such as: 

  • Building a green and sustainable library – architecture, adaptation, extension
  • Green collections – collection development, availability of items, educating librarians
  • Libraries and digital commons – knowledge commons, material footprint and artificial scarcity in knowledge access
  • Interacting with the community – educating users, societal impact
  • Green literacy and mental ecological education – sociology, medicine, cultural anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, ethics, bioethics in librarianship and the media
  • Green projects and programs – presentation, realization, evaluation

The application form for abstracts can be found here.   Submission deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2018.  Acceptance notices will be sent by 2 June 2018.  Conference proceedings will be published.

 

Attendance: 

  • The form for attendance applications can be found here.
  • Early registration deadline is 30 September 2018. The registration fee is 50 EUR.
  • Late registration deadline is 31 October 2018. The registration fee is 70 EUR.
  • The fee for the Brijuni excursion, which takes place on 10 November 2018, is 30 EUR.
  • A 25% value-added tax is included in the fees.
  • The fees cover participation in the conference, materials (for attendees and students), a welcome drink, refreshments during breaks and a dinner.
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Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations in Your Library

Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations in Your Library

Training for librarians in New England, Spring 2018

Dates, locations, registration HERE: https://umass.box.com/s/ndktbrgfa7nztzcy1pt2t1eqqtc1uf6d

From the news that earth surface temperatures hit a record high in 2016, to a presidential administration that denies the effect fossil fuels play in climate change, we are inundated with stories and images about climate change. And yet authentic face-to-face conversations about climate change (with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) are rare. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, “more than half of those who are concerned about global warming or think the issue is important ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ talk about it with family and friends.” 
 
Participants will learn why dialogue about climate change is critical to creating a brighter future, and how librarians can facilitate dialogues that empower our communities to be better equipped to respond, adapt, and mitigate the effects. 
 
This interactive, experiential training will guide you through the creation of a “Climate Change Communications Toolbox” you can use to facilitate dialogue and host “Climate Change Conversations” within your library community. 
 
You will: 

  • Learn how to create and host “Climate Change Conversations” at your library. 

  • Share ideas for archiving and exhibiting artifacts created in workshops. 

  • Brainstorm ideas for building community partnerships. 

  • Learn why resilience and social capital are critical for communities to thrive and endure, and how libraries can help communities build both. 

  • Experience mindfulness exercises as a tool for “re-wiring” the brain to stabilize the nervous system. 

  • Explore your own thoughts and feelings about climate change through storytelling and reflective writing. 

IFLA’s ENSULIB Updates!

IFLA Green Library Award 2018

The third annual IFLA Green Library Award, sponsored by De Gruyter, announces the Call for Submissions for 2018. All the details may be found here: https://www.ifla.org/node/10159

Call for Papers for IFLA WLIC 2018

Join ENSULIB and the Library Services for Children and Young Adults Section for a joint session at IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. The Call for Papers may be found here: https://2018.ifla.org/calls-for-papers

Forthcoming Book

Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries: Buildings, Management, Programs and Services (working title) will be published this summer by De Gruyter. The contents will be drawn from papers given at ENSULIB?s 2017 Satellite Meeting, Open Session with the Public Libraries Section at WLIC 2017, and the 2107 IFLA Green Library Award.

 

SustainRT virtual & in person meetings!

If you are headed to ALA MW 2018 in Denver in February, check out these sessions and meetings:

Saturday, 2/10 @ 3-4pm – Business Meeting
Saturday, 2/10 @5:30-7:30pm – Social Event at Mercury Cafe, http://mercurycafe.com/
Sunday, 2/11 @1-2:30pm – Discussion: Crisis and Community
Monday, 2/12 @10:30-11:30am – News You Can Use: Sustainability Strategies for Libraries and Communities (Symposium on the Future of Libraries)

 

If you are not attending ALA MW, join the virtual meeting 
February 1, 2018
1pm EST / 12pm CST / 11am MST / 10am PST
Check http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/news for details on how to join virtually.

Free Webinar: “Climate Choices” Common Ground for Action Forum for ALA

Interested in leading productive conversations on climate change and other challenging topics at your library? Experience a deliberative forum firsthand. Join ALA and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) on Monday, December 11, for a virtual dialogue and deliberation session using the National Issues Forums Institute’s (NIFI) Common Ground for Action online forum.

In this session, attendees will experience a deliberative forum by examining the advantages and disadvantages of different options for addressing climate change, weighing these against the things they hold deeply valuable. Using NIFI’s “Climate Choices: How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet?” issue guide, participants will engage in meaningful, productive dialogues about issues that affect the environment and their communities. If you’ve never participated in a CGA forum, please watch the “How To Participate” video before joining https://vimeo.com/99290801 

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm (EST)/1:00 pm (CST)/11:00 am (PST)

Register now: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=fqzklccab&oeidk=a07eevudxmu50831ed0

 

 

Webinar: Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today

November is a big month for climate science.
Upcoming Webinar
Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today:
Climate Change Conference in Bonn – COP 23
Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
 This webinar discussion will be about the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the outcomes from the international climate meetings in Bonn – UNFCCC COP 23.    National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Executive Director Michelle Wyman will facilitate the discussion between NCSE Senior Fellow Kathy Jacobs and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, as they review the high points of the report and the draft of the second volume. Thereafter, Second Nature President Tim Carter will share a first-hand summary of the events and outcomes during the UNFCCC COP 23 meetings held in Bonn, Germany. 

FREE SustainRT webinar 11/9: Nine Reasons for Hope in a World Out of Whack 

Join us this week for the free SustainRT fall webinar: Nine Reasons for Hope in a World Out of Whack (Thurs. Nov. 9 12:15-12:45pm EST).

Our speaker is Ellen Moyer, author of the book Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World

Dr. Moyer, a registered professional engineer and a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies clean up hazardous waste sites, prevent environmental damage, analyze impacts, and provide educational outreach. She will talk about reasons for hope that we can solve dire environmental problems such as climate change facing our world and successfully upgrade to a high-tech and high-nature way of life that will sustain us and our fellow species far into the future. Dr. Moyer will share concrete actions we can take to help ourselves, our local communities and our world – including the one most important action for getting started. Attend the webinar on November 9 to find out more.

RSVP HERE for this inspiring and practical session!