Please send your proposals until the 31st of January 2022!
Libraries can have a leading role on the path to sustainability, that’s why we will label them E+Libraries. E+ stems mainly from a new ECOLOGY of the ECOSYSTEMS where less is consumed and more is shared. Libraries play a very important role in shaping more sustainable and responsible societies, not only by educating people, but also by becoming centers for testing new economic models, innovation and technology. Sustainability has at its core a new way of seeing the economic exchanges and growth: the circular economy. If the classical model of business was defined by the triad: take-make-waste, the circular economy looks at interactions based on the concepts: borrow-use-return. It means that the emphasis is on how we can prolong the life of products, how we innovate by design, how we can make the most from the already existing scarce resources, how we produce more locally so we can decrease the carbon footprint. Basically, it means working with and preparing the communities in line with the 7R method: rethink, redesign, repurpose, reuse, repair, remanufacture, recycle and recover. Libraries, as community development hubs can play a role in all these processes and they already do.
In direct connection with the 7R in 2022 we invite you to join Occupy Libraries and debate with concepts like: environment, equity, engagement, empowerment, empathy, entertainment, economics. All in an E+Library extravaganza that will elevate your excitement and bring some well-deserved euphoria.
The main themes of Occupy Library 2022 – The E+Libraries On The Rise are:
Engaging community in rethinking, repurposing and remanufacturing, recycling
Empowerment for repair, reuse and recover
Educating for a sustainable Planet
We are looking for presentations of case studies and inspiring ignite talks to cover one or several of the conference themes, and we’re prepared to accommodate a multitude of formats for your ideas and experiences to be exposed to an eager audience:
storyboards and/or infographics
In addition to that, we welcome proposals for open-themed interactive sessions (one per day, 90 minutes long), which will cover other topics relevant to libraries and NGOs. The form of the session can vary from panel-discussions to interactive workshops of practical Labs, and they will be moderated / facilitated by the initiator (the person who proposes the OTIS).
The E+Libraries On The Rise will happen on June 2nd and 3rd, 2022. The event is a hybrid format, with face-to-face sessions happening in Bucharest and online interactive sessions hosted in Hopin platform.
Occupy Library ® is an independent event organized by the Progress Foundation with the support of Next Library® and in co-operation with the Occupy Library Steering committee, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Bukarest, conference partners and sponsors.
More about the themes for Occupy Library 2022