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..

Winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016

IFLAs ENSULIB (Environmental Sustainability and Libraries)
Winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016 

1st Place: El Pequeño Sol ecological library (The Little Sun Ecological Library), Germinalia A.C., San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, which was found to be “a project where sustainability was in the soul of the project from the first starting of the idea until to the new library”.

— THIS STORY IS AWESOME! Worth #1 slot – a must watch —


2nd Place: City of Cockburn, Australia, which was characterized as an “excellent green building with sustainable projects”.


3rd Place: La Tierra para quien la siembra (The Land is for those who sow), Columbia, which was found to be “Good working for sustainability with the community!”


More information about the IFLA award and the winning video: ENSULIB | ENSULIB on Facebook

For further information:Petra Hauke (Berlin, Germany), contact person for the IFLA Green Library Award: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de, or Harri Sahavirta (Helsinki, Finland), convener of ENSULIB: harri.sahavirta@hel.fi.

IFLA Green Library Award 2016 – DUE APRIL 1

ifla-logoThe IFLA Green Library Award is to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability, including creating awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education, supporting the worldwide Green Library movement, promoting the development of Green Libraries initiatives locally and worldwide, and encouraging Green Libraries to actively present their activities to an international audience

Guidelines for submissions

Any outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award.

  • Any type of library can apply.
  • The project, initiative or idea may be presented in any suitable way, for example, through an essay, a video, a poster, an article or a set of slides
  • The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of:
    • the applicability to the goals and the scope of ENSULIB
    • the relevant discussion of current issues in the topic field
    • the quality of the overall presentation
    • the relevance to IFLA’s goals and values

Download the application form: [English – MS Word]

Applications must be submitted before 1 April 2016:

Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB member
Hochkalterweg 3a
D-12107 Berlin, Germany
Email: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de

Submissions will be reviewed by the ENSULIB award reviewing committee and will be unbiased and neutral. The finalist will be recognized for his/her outstanding submission.  The award includes € 500, sponsored by De Gruyter Saur, and will be presented at the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.