Name: Rossana Morriello, PhD, member of IFLA ENSULIB
Institution: Polytechnic University of Turin, Sustainability Services
Biography: She holds a PhD in Book and Documentation Studies from the University of Rome Sapienza. She currently works as a librarian in Sustainability Services at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. She has worked for many years as a digital resources librarian at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. She is a member of IFLA Environment Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB), of EBLIDA Expert Group European Libraries and Sustainable Development Implementation and Assessment (ELSIA) and of the Observatory on Libraries and Sustainable Development of the Italian Library Association (AIB). She is the author of over 140 publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, chapters in books, conference proceedings and book publications. She serves on the editorial board of Italian LIS journals “Biblioteche oggi”, “Biblioteche oggi Trends”, and the American journal “Against the Grain”. She has been teaching in many academic seminars and professional courses.
Abstract: Going green in the intelligent library: promoting sustainability through digital transformation. Digital transformation is changing society and artificial intelligence is the most recent challenge. Digital libraries are becoming data libraries and librarians are increasingly involved in managing data and creating metadata, either for making library collections as data available for AI or for supporting new services, including citizen science. Many libraries are directly involved in artificial intelligence projects. Thinking of digital sustainability in libraries means, firstly, to envision the role of digital technologies in order to conceive services that can widen access to library resources, and at the same time guarantee their preservation, both for today users and for future generations. Furthermore, technologies and digital services should be conceived and used with a diverse, equitable and inclusive approach. In addition, digital sustainability means assessing the real sustainability of services, evaluate how much sustainable green tools and solutions are, avoid greenwashing, and make choices that can be sustainable. Finally, information literacy activities must also be addressed to lead citizens towards awareness of their digital footprint. True sustainable development must place the human being and well-being of communities at the very core of its action and libraries can help in many ways. The presentation will discuss how this can be done through digital services, across the entire Agenda 2030.