Watch the videos from the first Nordic Libraries Annual conference

Library Channel (Kirjastokaista) has co-operated many years with the Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland (AVI). When we were asked to become a partner in a seminar on sustainable development, our answer was yes. We were familiar with the organizer and the topic of the conference was important. When Päivi Jokitalo was asked to facilitate the conference online, we had the perfect starting points!

COVID-19 has forced us to stream webinars from the home instead of going to conferences and seminars to stream them from the live event. Library Channel cameramen have accumulated a strong knowledge of the technical implementation of high-quality streams. This year has also made them webinar professionals.

A two-day webinar “Nordic Libraries Annual: Towards Sustainable Futures” was held on 5th and 6th November 2020. The first Nordic Libraries Annual conference concentrates on public libraries and sustainability. We approach sustainability from different points of view, as well as different points of expertise. The programme includes two main keynotes, presentations on approaches to sustainability in different Nordic countries, as well as shorter talks on Finnish development projects and best practices in libraries.

How can libraries contribute to a just ecological transition?
Researcher Ville Lähde, BIOS Research Unit 

Smartly sustainable – Kuopio City Library got awarded for sustainable practices
Library Systems Manager Liisa Rossi, Kuopio City Library 

Espoo, the most sustainable City in Europe
SDG manager Ville Taajamaa, VLR City Espoo 

A library in the making: becoming an epicenter for a sustainable city?
Special Librarian Kaja Ahnfelt, Deichman Grünerløkka, Oslo 

Energy efficiency in libraries – case City of Mikkeli
Property Manager Jarkko Hyttinen, City of Mikkeli 

Public libraries as environmentally responsible actors
Chief Librarian Harri Sahavirta, Arabianranta and Vallila Libraries, Helsinki 

Public library models in local sustainability
Ph.D., University lecturer Jonas Söderholm, The Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås 

Beekeeping, balcony gardening and furniture renovation – Our library’s environmental action plan and its effects
Library Director Fredrika Sundberg, Mariehamn City Library 

The ”Climate warrior” escape room in a mobile library and the climate actions of Ii
Library director Minna Halonen, Municipality of Ii 

A Responsible library as promoter of environmental awareness
District Manager of Library Services Minna Männikkö, Oulu City Library 

Sustainability in Danish libraries
Advisor Jan Holmquist, Holmquist Consult

Read more:
Nordic Libraries Annual: Towards Sustainable Futures, program
Nordic Libraries Annual: Towards Sustainable Futures, speakers
Regional State Administrative Agencies in Finland (AVI) website
All the videos from the seminar

See also:
Other presentations in English on Kirjastokaista

– Riitta Taarasti, 12th November 2020 –

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