What is a green library?
“The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are central concerns of society and, consequently, of libraries.”

According to the online dictionary for libraries and information science (ODLIS), green libraries are “designed to minimize the negative impact on the natural environment and maximize the quality of the indoor environment through careful site selection, the use of natural building materials and biodegradable products, the conservation of resources (water, energy, paper) and responsible waste disposal (recycling, etc.) “

They also focus on related services, activities, events, publications and projects, demonstrating the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability.

Objectives of the IFLA Green Library Award.

  • Reward the best presentation of the Green Library that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Raise awareness about social responsibility and library leadership in environmental education. Libraries of all kinds are encouraged to participate.
  • To support the global movement of green libraries, concerned about
    • Environmentally sustainable buildings
    • Information resources and environmentally sustainable programming.
    • Conservation of resources and energy.
  • Promote the development of Green Library initiatives locally and globally.
  • Encourage green libraries to actively present their activities to an international audience.

Deadline for application: April 1, 2019

To consider

  • Any type of library with an outstanding project, initiative or idea from Green Library can apply for the IFLA Green Library award. The project, initiative or idea can be presented in several ways (for example, essay, video, poster, article, set of slides)
  • Applications must be written in one of the seven IFLA languages.
  • Applicants can also send a translation to English if they prefer.
  • Film and video materials in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
  • The presentation of the project, initiative or idea should be sent to the ENSULIB award review committee
  • The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of:
    • Applicability to the objectives and scope of ENSULIB.
    • Contribution of libraries to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (ODS)
  • Quality of the general presentation.
  • Relevance to the objectives and values of IFLA (Key Initiative 4.1)

Applications should be sent to Dr. Petra Hauke, Secretary of ENSULIB Email: [email protected]

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