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About the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group

Scope

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.

Goals

This Special Interest Group’s mission is to address:

  • Effects of climate change on libraries (modification of the conditions of storage and preservation, buildings insulation, impacts on library finances and management,…).
  • Applications of environment-friendly practices in libraries (recovery of rainwater, use of renewable energy sources, printing control, paper recycling, etc).
  • Proposed environmental recommendations for the profession (recycling of outdated documents, use of biodegradable materials, etc).
  • Increasing and promoting sustainability-related library resources and services (development of collections on environmental themes, exhibitions, outreach, etc.)
  • Increasing librarians’ own awareness of environmental concerns.

ENSULIB History

For a number of years, Veerle Minner had been concerned that while libraries could greatly contribute to sustainability, many librarians seemed to be paying little to no attention to environmental problems.

In 2008 at IFLA's WLIC in Quebec, she was delighted to find that sustainability was an important theme of the opening speech by then President Claudia Lux.  A few hours later, while Veerle was translating the "Newcomers Session" of the conference, she learned how easy it was to start a Special Interest Group (SIG).  She quickly posted a notice on the bulletin board in the hall, inviting interested delegates to co-create a SIG focusing on environmental issues and libraries. The group gathered in a corridor in front of the Interpreter's Lounge.  At that first meeting, Vincent Bonnet showed up, as well as enough people (minimum 25) to sign the document requesting the creation of a SIG.  Philippe Colomb was also there from the beginning. Vincent volunteered to help with our "start-up". We also needed a sponsoring section. After unsuccessfully approaching a few potential matches, Per Cullhed, chair of the Preservation & Conservation Section, agreed to sponsor ENSULIB.  Thanks to his help, IFLA quickly approved our new SIG.  Thanks to Per's encouragement and follow-up, we were able to offer our first session in Milan.  Besides offering programming at WLIC, our first Satellite Meeting was held in Berlin in August 2017. The first Green Library Award was launched in 2016.  Programs details may be viewed HERE

Conveners:
2016 - 2019       Harri Sahavirta
2014 - 2015       Philippe Colomb
2010 - 2013       Veerle Minner
2009                   Veerle Minner and Vincent Bonnet

ENSULIB Team:

Secretary

Petra Hauke

Lehrbeauftragte
Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Germany
Email: petra.hauke@web.de
Term: 2016 - 2019

Information Coordinators:

Madeleine Charney

Research Services Librarian
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
USA
Email: mcharney@library.umass.edu 
Term: 2016 - 2019

Saima Qutab 
Lecturer & Liaison Librarian
Imam Abdulrahman Alfaisal University, Dammam
Saudi Arabia 
Email: qutabsaima@gmail.com 
Term: 2016 - 2019

Members

Philippe Colomb
Deputy Director
Médiathèque Françoise Sagan (Ville de Paris)
France
Email: philippe.colomb@me.com
Term: 2016 - 2019

Sandra Maria Moura Dias
Children's Librarian
Public Library of Sacavém - Ary dos Santos - Loures Municipality
Portugal
Email: smouradias@hotmail.com
Term: 2016 - 2019 

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries

Last update: 17 December 2017