Call for submissions / 4th IFLA Green Library Award 2019
What is a Green Library?
The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are core concerns of society, and consequently of libraries.”
According to the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS), Green Libraries are “designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize indoor environmental quality by means of careful site selection, use of natural construction materials and biodegradable products, conservation of resources (water, energy, paper), and responsible waste disposal (recycling, etc.)”
They also focus on related services, activities, events, literature and projects, demonstrating the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability.
Objectives of the IFLA Green Library Award
To reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability
To create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education. Libraries of all types are encouraged to participate
To support the worldwide Green Library movement, concerned with environmentally sustainable buildings, environmentally sustainable information resources and programming conservation of resources and energy
To promote the development of Green Libraries initiatives locally and worldwide
To encourage Green Libraries to actively present their activities to an international audience
Relevance to IFLA’s goals and values
Following the IFLA Key Initiative 4.1: Promoting libraries within the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the award will help to advance the profession through illuminating the role of libraries and librarians in the advancement of sustainability standards and the promotion of specialized knowledge within professional practice.
Guidelines for submissions
Any type of library with an outstanding Green Library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award. The project, initiative or idea may be presented in various ways (e.g. essay, video, poster, article, set of slides)
Applications must be written in one of the seven IFLA languages
Applicants may also submit an English translation 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 submitted to the ENSULIB award reviewing committee
The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB committee in terms of
applicability to the goals and the scope of ENSULIB
contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
quality of the overall presentation
relevance to IFLA’s goals and values (Key Initiative 4.1)
Please find the application form here :
Applications must be submitted before 1 April 2019 to:
Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB Secretary
Please find further information here.