ENSULIB holds free webinars irregularly on the topics related to the green and sustainable libraries and library projects, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and other relevant emerging trends.

The following are the webinars held by ENSULIB recently. You may also visit our IFLA ENSULIB YouTube Channels and SlideShare for the relevant recordings and information.

[Upcoming] #12 Sustainability – Bringing Nature and Communities into the Libraries

Date: April 2024 Time: [TBC]

Speaker: Lim Li Sa

This presentation explores Singapore libraries’ approaches to sustainability in the planning and designing of library spaces and experiences; and how the three key principles: Sustainability, Inclusiveness and Technology bring about nature and social connectedness in the design of NLB’s three latest libraries (Choa Chu Kang Library, Punggol Library and Central Library) in Singapore’s public library network.  

[Upcoming] #11 The Walking Librarians in Kerala: A Tale of Empowering Women and the Elderly Woven into the Fabric of UN SDG Goals

Date: 4 April 2024 Time: 10:00 am CET

Speaker: Syamili C., Husna K. T.

Embark on a captivating journey with us in the webinar, “The Walking Librarians in Kerala: A Tale of Empowering Women and the Elderly Woven into the Fabric of UN SDG Goals,” as we delve into the remarkable story of Kerala, a state in India with the highest literacy rate and a distinguished quality of life index. Explore how the Walking Librarians initiative has further enriched this educational landscape, contributing to the empowerment of women and the elderly. This research discusses the impact and efficacy of a program aimed at promoting information literacy among rural populations. Through a comprehensive analysis, the research aims to provide insights into the effectiveness of the program in enhancing information literacy within rural communities, with a particular focus on the involvement and experiences of women. Additionally, it seeks to illuminate the alignment of the program with the broader objectives outlined in the UN’s SDGs, contributing valuable perspectives on the intersection of grassroots initiatives with global sustainability goals.

#10 Urban Roles of Public Buildings and Spaces – The Public Library as the Community Space

Date: 20 February 2024 Time: 2:00 pm CET

Speaker: Matej Nikšič

Public buildings play several significant roles in a city. Primarily, they host activities and programs that serve citizens daily, fulfilling their needs and facilitating the exercise of their civic rights and responsibilities. They also serve as central venues for social life, shaping and defining urban events, making each city unique and irreplaceable. Key public buildings also play a special role in defining the physical structure and visual image of the city. They are typically architecturally emphasized and situated in selected locations, where they not only contribute to the characteristic urban scenery but also symbolically communicate the importance of shared social content for the functioning and development of the community.

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#9 MACK Framework: Developing Local Library Practice for Effective Climate Action 

Date: 19 January 2024 Time: 9:00 am PST (5:00 pm GMT)

Speaker: Dan Hackborn

Due to the global and interconnected nature of anthropogenic climate change, conceptualizing what meaningful climate action might look like within your own institution can often be overwhelming. In this workshop we will introduce a tool, the Mitigation-Adaptation-Community-Knowledge (MACK) conceptual model, for situating climate action within local library contexts. Alongside a guiding case study, we will illustrate how this model can be applied by library decision makers to clarify and analyse their institution’s unique capacities for climate action amidst their community’s specific needs.


#8 Sustainability in Libraries: Buildings, Operations and Partnerships with Users

Date: 29 June 2023 Time: 9:30 am HKT / 3:30 am CET

Speakers: Benjamin Meunier

Can libraries afford to wait for others to fix the world while toxic waste, climate change and pollution harm our environment? How much of a difference can we make anyway? This webinar will aim to raise ambitions for greener library buildings, provide examples of how library services can lead by example as sustainably managed organisations and highlight the opportunities to work in partnership with users to work together and move towards a smarter, sustainable world. The presentation will draw on examples from Europe and Hong Kong to illustrate good practice in academic libraries, covering library building design, communication with users and applications of management information to improve sustainability.  Spoiler alert – whilst this webinar may not have all the answers to the questions above, the conclusions will suggest there is hope.


#7 Șirna Public Library from Romania — an Empowered Green Library

Date: 4 April 2023 Time: 7 pm AEST / 10:00 am CET

Speakers: Iuliana-Camelia Pîrvu, Claudia Șerbănuță

The inspiring story of the small rural library of Șirna, Romania and its path towards a more sustainable development of its community started in 2014 with the IFLA ENSULIB recognition of the library’s initial efforts. Using the example from Șirna, this webinar will walk you through the process of empowering small libraries to connect to global conversations, join international networks of Green Libraries, learn together with their communities to create new opportunities for growth and development, and get support from available regional funding. Examples of activities that will be illustrated have been inspired from participants in IFLA Green libraries network, by job shadowing and sessions at the National and University Library in Zagreb, by observing the Diechman Bjørvika Library in Oslo and supported through an Erasmus+ European Program. 


#6 Tools for Evidence-Based Storytelling: Reflective Practice and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries

Date: 16 February 2023 Time: 7 pm AEST / 10:00 am CET

Speakers: Carmel O’Sullivan, Emilia Bell

This presentation explores how reflective practice can be used to share the impact of Library services using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. Emilia and Carmel share examples of the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) Library’s approach to reflection as a key part of evidence-based practice. This includes using storytelling that engages staff and students in reflecting on contributions to a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable future, highlighting the impact that libraries can have in their local communities within a global framework.


#5 Neighborhood Science: Working Locally to Confront Global Challenges

Date: 1 November 2022 Time: 6:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm UTC

Speakers: Vivienne Byrd, Russanne (Rusty) Low, Theresa Schwerin

Through this fast-paced webinar learn how libraries are working at the forefront of citizen science; the connection between NASA climate change science, citizen science observations, and mosquito-borne disease; how the international GLOBE Mission Mosquito citizen science campaign is providing a common language and approach for meeting the global challenge to ensure good health for all from mosquito-borne diseases; and examples of resources and partnerships that public, academic, and research libraries can leverage.


#4 Inner Development Goals: An Interactive Webinar

Date: 9 September 2022 Time: 16:00-17:00 CEST

Speaker: Madeleine Charney

Many of us are familiar with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This interactive webinar will introduce you to the Inner Development Goals (IDGs) as a critical complement to the SDGs. This research-based framework aims to develop our inner capacity to manage the increasingly complex environment and challenges. After learning about the five frames (below), we will form into breakout groups to explore the skills and qualities supported by the IDGs (e.g. self awareness, sense-making, humility, communication, courage).

  1. Being – Relationship to self
  2. Thinking – Cognitive skills
  3. Relating – Caring for others and the world
  4. Collaborating – Social skills
  5. Acting – Driving change


#3. Climate equity: A manifesto for libraries

Date: 10 May 2022 Time: 7:30 am PDT/2:30 pm UTC

Speaker: Dr. Nkem Osuigwe, Director, Human Capacity Development and Training, African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA)

This presentation explores how libraries can be proactive in putting climate equity on the top burner in their user communities.


#2. Publishing for Sustainable Development: How Libraries and Publishers can Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Date: 10 March 2022 Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am, London Time

Speaker: Nicola Jones, Head of Publishing for the Springer Nature SDG Programme

In this webinar, Nicola will discuss

  • Why Springer Nature (SN) has a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how this fits in with their overall strategy
  • Why and how libraries have an important role to play in supporting the Goals
  • Springer Nature’s partnership with the Association of Libraries in the Netherlands (VSNU) to look at societal impact of research content, with a focus on the SDGs
  • Other projects and initiatives SN has developed in support of the Goals


#1. The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs — The role of publishers to support the SDGs and examples from Elsevier

Date: 26 January 2022 Time: 09:00-10:00 CET

Speaker: Anders Karlsson, Vice President, Elsevier

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a powerful tool to track progress towards a sustainable society that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The research community, including librarians as information professionals and publishers, have a key role in delivering high quality information to researchers, organizations and policy makers in order to act on the world that we all live in. In the presentation, the speaker will:

  • give an overview of some of broader industry initiatives around the SDGs, but in particular introduce analytics and collaborations around the SDG research landscape;
  • address questions such as north-south collaboration and gender aspects;
  • introduce key finding from a recent report Pathways to Net Zero: The Impact of Clean Energy Research