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Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World — Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services

(20 November 2018) This publication examines aspects of reducing the ecological footprint in libraries’ workaday operations as well as the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability. The theoretical background and practical applications of contributions made by worldwide libraries to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are discussed. General […]


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And the winner of the 3rd IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is…

(17 July 2018) The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is Foshan Library for the project submission “Foshan Library’s Green Practice”, located in Foshan new city, which is a key area for the construction of a sponge city [cities designed to soak up floodwater] in the province of Guangdong, China. One reviewer found: “The Foshan Library is a culturally significant building in […]


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IFLA Green Library Award 2018

(7 January 2018) IFLA’s Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) with Sponsorship by de Gruyter invite applications for the 3rd Green Library Award 2018. Applications submission deadline: 1st March 2018. More here: IFLA Green Library Award 2018 The announcement is here. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 April 2018.


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IFLA Green Library Award 2017 winners announced

China and Hong Kong among the winners (20 July 2017) IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017. The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros […]


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IFLA Green Library Award 2017: deadline is extended to 30th May 2017

(29 April 2017) Proposals for the IFLA Green Library Award 2017 must be submitted by 30 May, 2017 to the following address: Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB secretary Hochkalterweg 3a D-12107 Berlin, Germany Email: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de The announcement is here.


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IFLA Green Library Award 2017

Sponsored by de Gruyter Saur (14 February 2017) 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 […]


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Sustainability and libraries: the academic library perspective

(2 November 2016) In June 2016, the Academic Libraries 4 conference, held in Hong Kong, focussed on a theme of sustainability. The conference program held a wide range of presentations on the theme of sustainability, from green initiatives to web archiving, to how to ensure traditional reference and enquiry services can be scaleable and sustainable. […]


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The very best of IFLA Green Library Award 2016

(5 July 2016) The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 2016 by Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB), a special interest group of IFLA. The award, generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing, communicates libraries’ commitment to environmental sustainability. Moreover, the objective is  to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education. In […]


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IFLA Green Library Award 2016 Winners announced

(18 May 2016) IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016. The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner. Objectives of […]


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Academic Librarian 4 registration is now open

Academic Librarian 4, Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond, 2-3 June 2016, Hong Kong, is open for registration. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Library and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library will jointly host this two-day conference on 2-3 June 2016.  AL4 addresses the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability pertaining […]


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How green is my library?

(22 November 2015) Whether new or old, libraries can be more sustainable with little effort and imagination. At the simple end of being green is buying locally made furniture, equipment and fittings, reducing electricity consumption by switching to energy saving light bulbs and recycling paper or using only that from managed forests. Academic Librarian 4, […]


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Australia’s first cross laminated timber (CLT) public building opens in Melbourne

(3 June 2014) ‘Library at The Dock’, a new library and community centre by Clare Design and Hayball in the heart of Docklands, Melbourne, officially opened on Saturday, marking the nation’s first public building to be made from cross laminated timber (CLT). Located on the waterfront of the Victoria Harbour, this method of construction – […]


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RMIT University launches A$98 million greening project

(25 March 2014)  In the biggest project of its kind in the southern hemisphere, RMIT University in Melbourne will spend A$98 million (US$86 million) to cut energy and water use as well as greenhouse gas emissions. RMIT – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – has worked with international companies Siemens and Honeywell for two years […]


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