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..

ENSULIB: volunteer to review!

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB) is a Special Interest Group under IFLA  is seeking librarians to review submissions for (1) An Open Session at the 2019 WLIC and (2) the annual Green Library Award.  Welcoming reviewers from all around the world for geographical equality and from different LIS professional groups (including architects) to attain a wide perspective. As a reviewer, you will have an opportunity to become acquainted with a range of interesting sustainability projects.

1.     IFLA WLIC 2019 Open Session

ENSULIB is arranging an Open Session, “Let’s Change Now: Libraries Driving Sustainability” at WLIC, 24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece. The Call for Paper has been published already:

https://2019.ifla.org/conference-programme/calls-for-papers/

 Seeking:Peer-review submissions for our Open Session. Submissions will be in abstracts form and we expect about 20 submissions. Reviewing is done with a point system, with categories such as relevance etc. Reviews will need to be completed in March.

 

2.     IFLA Green Library Award 2019 (sponsored by de Gruyter Saur)

Seeking: Peer-review submissions for the Award. Submissions are abstracts, videos or slides. We are expecting about 20-40 submissions. Submissions are grouped so that reviewers have 10 to 12 submissions to review with evaluation is done in two rounds by giving points in given categories, like relevance etc. Reviews are to be done in April-May.

Interested? contact Harri Sahavirta, ENSULIB Convener: harri.sahavirta AT hel.fi

IFLA streaming events!

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.”

Watch:

  • “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.

IFLA sustainability programming!

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)

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.

 

Green Library Checklist available now in 22 languages!

The Green Library Checklist was originally  part of the book The Green Library = Die grüne Bibliothek. The challenge of environmental sustainability / ed. on behalf of IFLA by Petra Hauke, Karen Latimer and Klaus Ulrich Werner. München/Boston: De Gruyter Saur, 2013. VIII, 433 pp., Ill. (IFLA Publications, 161) ISBN 978-3-11-030972-0 Available with Open Access at https://www.ibi.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/studprojekte/buchidee/bi12 

This Green Library checklist is now available in all official IFLA languages!

 Deutsch/English (original) — Arabic — Chinese — French — Russian — Spanish —– Catalan — –Croatian —Finnish — Hindi — Hungarian — Italian — Norwegian — Polish — Romanian — Serbian — Swahili — Swedish — Thai — Turkish — Usbek

 

ENSULIB hosts satellite meeting in Berlin in August – register now

IFLA conference is coming soon! The Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB) a special interest group under IFLAThey will be hosting a two-day satellite meeting to be held in Berlin, Germany August 16-17, 2017.  Space is limited so please register  soon.

Theme: “Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries: Buildings, Management, Programs and Services”

Where: Philological Library, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

The program, hotel information, and registration is all on the conference website.
Speakers are coming from Brazil, Cameroon, Finland, Germany, Kenya, Spain, Uganda, and USA.

The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017 will also be presented.