Seminar 2022

All 3 sessions of this year’s webinar series Together we serve betterpowering sustainable development’ have been recorded and are available online on our YouTube Channel:

Session #1 – 9/11/2022

Session #2 – 16/11/2022

Session #3 – 23/11/2022

Head over to Eurolis’ Facebook page to discover experts from the UK, Spain, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland and France sharing their views and experiences with the audience. The panels aim to offer an overview of experiences of how libraries from different European countries contribute significantly to sustainable development.

Eurolis would like to wholeheartedly thank all speakers and attendees.

A series of online presentations from European speakers. This seminar will analyse experiences of how libraries from different European countries contribute  significantly to sustainable development. It will show what activities are being proposed that advocate the inclusion of libraries and access to information as part of national and regional development plans which will help meet the UN 2030 Agenda

Seminar Chair & UK speaker: Ayub Khan, current President of Libraries Connected and recently been elected on to the governing board of IFLA.


All sessions will be held on ZOOM. All sessions are in English. Time for questions sent via chat will be reserved at the end of each presentation.

SESSION 1 | Wednesday 9th November | 4.00pm (GMT)

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Introduction & welcoming note by Ian Stringer Hon FCILIP  Eurolis

Seminar chair & UK Speaker | Ayub Khan MBE FRSA, Service manager Warwickshire County Libraries Service & President of Libraries Connected and recently been elected on to the governing board of IFLA.

Sustainable library Design and Architecture in the 21st Century – Post Covid

Ayub will provide an introduction to his new book, Better By Design, planning for new and repurposed libraries for the 2030s. The talk will focus on British library design, and influences from Europe and beyond! Talk will focus on how the physical library can support sustainable developments. 

Ayub Khan is Head of Libraries and Face to Face front-line services for Warwickshire County Council after beginning his career in education and children’s services. His interest extends to international library development, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion and has worked on library projects in several countries for the British Council.

Ayub was Principal Project Officer for The Library of Birmingham, involved in the early business planning and concept designs, where he developed in interest in Library design and architecture.

In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to libraries, and he is a past President of CILIP and is the current President of Libraries Connected. Ayub has recently been elected on to the governing board of IFLA.

Polish Speaker | Agnieszka Koszowska – Project Coordinator, Information Society Development Foundation

How public libraries in Poland respond to today’s challenges.

This presentation will explore the role of public libraries in Poland in facing the challenges of contemporary world, such as migrations, climate change, economic crisis, or disinformation.

Polish local libraries serve as centres for non-formal education, community hubs and meeting places open to all members of their communities. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, more than 4 million Ukrainians came to Poland, a large number of them with no other choice than staying here for longer. Public libraries are offering the migrants various kinds of educational, cultural and leisure activities, including teaching Polish as a foreign language and helping Ukrainian kids in continuing their education. As part of the project named “Library for All. Different, equal, important” the Information Society Development Foundation in cooperation with Save the Children International support public libraries in developing their services for Ukrainian population in Poland. We are offering the libraries grant opportunities, training programmes and help them implement new methods of work, such as Team Up methodology. In this presentation Polish libraries’ activities for migrants will be described as well as other examples of how libraries in Poland are responding to today’s challenges in such areas as environmental education, teaching critical thinking and counteracting disinformation.

Agnieszka Koszowska is a web editor, project coordinator, training specialist and webinar expert at the Information Society Development Foundation. She is a library and information science graduate and has had over 10 years of experience as a professional librarian (in a municipal public library, a university library and a regional public library). She worked as a librarian, a librarians’ trainer, a library network supervisor, and a digital library coordinator. She implements and supports projects on adult education, coding education, STEM education, creativity development, creative spaces, makerspaces. She creates and manages websites and is author and co-author of educational materials.

SESSION 2 | Wednesday 16th November | 4.00pm (GMT)

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Italian Speaker | Rossana Morriello – Research support librarian at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy (

Italian libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: considerations on actions and roles from the results of a national survey.

The presentation will develop some considerations about the role of libraries in ensuring the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by analysing data collected from Italian libraries through a national survey. The Italian Library Association organised the survey and sent it to all libraries in the last months of 2021 to gather information about actions, projects, partnerships, and overall activities related to Agenda 2030.

Rossana Morriello holds a PhD in Book and Documentation Studies, a MA in Library and Information Science and a MA in English Literature. She currently works as a research support librarian at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. She is the author of several publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, chapters in books and book publications, and teacher in many courses. She is a member of the Observatory on Libraries and Sustainable Development (OBISS) of the Italian Library Association, of the EBLIDA Expert Group European Libraries and Sustainable Development Implementation and Assessment (ELSIA), and of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB).

French Speakers | Sophie Bobet – Director of the Canopée Library / Alice Larmagnac – Head of collections and Green Library Leader at the Canopée Library  / Elsa le Guevel – Digital Librarian at the Canopée Library.

La médiathèque de la Canopée : a pilot Library for sustainable development in the Parisian network

Located in the center of Paris, the Canopée library is dedicated to urban and digital cultures with a special focus on d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audiences. Since 2019, the Canopée library has been at the forefront of a circular economy project aiming to reduce its environmental impact, starting with change within the library’s own professional practices, along with offering services and programs coherent with the project.

Through their study, the librarians of the Canopée hope to gradually change their professional practices but also those of other book chain actors.

In 2022, the library was honored by an IFLA Green Library Award Category “Best Green Library Project”.

Three librarians will share examples of innovative actions and projects related to Agenda 2030.

Austrian Speaker  | Mag. Christina Krenmayr – Librarian at City Library Innsbruck.

Small steps make big changes- examples for small steps towards a green public library in Innsbruck, Tyrol Austria

In 2018 the Stadtbibliothek Innsbruck was reopened in newly built premises. Hand in hand with the new building went new concepts for library services. One significant dimension in this regard is the principle of sustainability. Libraries are inherently sustainable, since they follow the sharing over buying principle. So over the past years many small steps have been taken towards a green public library. All presented projects are planned to conserve budgets and resources and can easily be copied by libraries of any size.

Mag. Christina Krenmayr: Comparative Literature, English and American Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Training as Librarian at the Bundesinstitut für Erwachsenenbildung Working as librarian at the City Library Innsbruck since 1998, with the focus on children and young adults. Since 2009 working on innovative projects e.g. digital services, web and social media services, new concepts for the City Library. Since 2017 Manager of the City Library Innsbruck. Since 2022 President of the Austrian Library Association (BVÖ).

SESSION 3 | Wednesday 23rd November | 4.00pm (GMT)

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Spanish Speaker  | Rosario Toril Moreno – Documentalist at the Documentation Center of the National Center for Environmental Education (CENEAM), National Parks Agency, Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

Climate actions in the Spanish Network of Green and Sustainable Libraries : working to achieve the SDG’s of the 2030 Agenda

Presentation of RECIDA, the Spanish Network of Environmental Information and Documentation Centers and the climate actions they are carrying out in their green libraries on the path of sustainability to achieve the SDG’s of the 2030 Agenda.

Rosario Toril Moreno   holds a Degree in Documentation and Hispanic Philology. Master in Environmental Management. Documentalist at the Documentation Center of the National Center for Environmental Education (CENEAM), National Parks Agency, Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. Coordinator of the Environmental Information and Documentation Network (RECIDA). Coordinator of a national and annual Seminar on Environmental Documentation Centers and Protected Areas. Organizer and teacher of courses on environmental documentation and images.

Rosario is also member of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB). Representative of Spain in Communication in the Eionet Network,  European Environment Agency. GM of The Spanish Society for Documentation and Scientific Information (SEDIC), the largest professional association in Spain.

Portuguese Speaker | Isabel Minhós – Writer & founder of Planeta Tangerina Publisher.

Planeta Tangerina calling Earth

Planeta Tangerina is an independent Portuguese publisher whose work is focused on the creation and publication of picture books, non-fiction projects and graphic novels for young readers.

Its catalogue contains a considerable number of books which, one way or another, raise questions concerning our relationship with the natural world and planet Earth. These subjects, with their inherent link to sustainability, have been at the heart of the publisher’s work since it began in 2004, resulting in the publication of books such as “A grande invasão” (“The Great Invasion”), “O rapaz que gostava de aves (e de muitas outras coisas)” (“The Boy Who Loved Birds (And Many Other Things)”), “Ir e vir” (“Coming and Going”), “Lá fora” (“Outside”), “Um ano inteiro” (“All The Year Round”), “Cem sementes que voaram” (“One Hundred Seeds That Flew Away”), “Plasticus maritimus” (“Plasticus Maritimus”) or, more recently, “Apanhar ar, apanhar sol” (“Catching The Sun, Catching Some Air”).

In this presentation, Isabel Minhós Martins will talk to us about some of these books, summarising the story told by each as well as something of the creative and publication processes by which they came to be.

Isabel Minhós was born in Lisbon in 1974. When she was a child, she wanted to be a journalist, an archaeologist or a pediatrician. She didn’t end up being any of those things, but she does love what she does.

“For me, writing is like digging: you always find something – sometimes worms, sometimes water, sometimes stones, roots, tunnels… a lost shoe. I like writing because I almost always find something unexpected. And I like reading for the same reason: someone dug and dug and dug and found something that then they show us in words”.

She studied at the Lisbon College of Fine Arts, before working as a creative in children’s communication. Later, together with a group of friends, she founded the publisher Planeta Tangerina.

A number of her books have won prizes or been distinguished by institutions connected to the world of children’s books: White Ravens Catalogue, Andersen Prize, Banco del Libro, Portuguese Society of Authors (2015), Gustav-Heinemann Friedenspreis (2017), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (2017).

Many of her books have been published in other countries all over the world (France, Brazil, Korea, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Holland…).