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.

ENSULIB at IFLA

Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB) had a very successful and well-attended session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio last week. The group welcomed research from Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the US, and presenting the IFLA Green Library Award for 2016, which included 30 submissions.  First place went to Pequeño Sol ecological library, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, for its new crowdfunded and community-constructed building extension that incorporates renewable energies and recycled materials. Read the summary from American Libraries magazine. 

ifla-logoSave the date: ENSULIB will hold a two-day meeting in Berlin August 16-17, 2017. This directly precedes the IFLA conference in Wroclaw, Poland. Follow them on Facebook

Environmental Sustainability Sessions at IFLA in August!

IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2016  will be held 13-19 August, in Columbus, Ohio, USA with the theme:  Connections. Collaboration. Community.  The programme is available online now.

The Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG) will have an open session which includes an introduction of the IFLA Green Library Award winner and Business meeting along with a few papers,  on Thurs. 8/18 10:45-12:45 (session 215) called “Green Libraries: Together, for All”

Papers:

1. Using Library Information Technologies and Resources to Support Sustainable Projects, Hong Xu (University-Corpus Christi, United States). Paper in English

2. Environmentally Sustainable Library Buildings: opportunities and challenges for Asian countries, Saima Qutab (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Zainab Faruqui Ali (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Farasat Shafi Ullah (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia). Paper in English.

3. Searching for Sustainability – a blended course in how to search interdisciplinary, Mauritza Jadefrid (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Joakim Lennartsson (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Christian Kleinheiz (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Mats Blomberg (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden). Paper in English.

Also, stop by the IFLA Awards Presentation where the Green Library Award will be presented  in the Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab, Tuesday 8/16 at 12:45pm (session 140)

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.