Schwartz, Meredith (2018). Growing home: Vancouver Community Library hosted an exploration of community engagement, sustainable design, and adapting to changing. Library Journal, 143(1), 36-42
Information about the Design Institute, an exploration of community engagement, sustainable design, and adapting to changing needs, held on October 20, 2017 in Washington State at Fort Vancouver Regional Library's (FVRL) Vancouver Community Library (VCL) is presented. Topics discussed include engaging the stakeholders in the process of planning a new or renovated library, sustainability, and the importance of daylighting. Panelists include Jennifer Charzewski, Dennis Humphries, and Amy Lee.
Charney, Madeleine; Smith, Bonnie; Williams, Beth Filar (2016). Growing our vision together: A sustainability community within the American Library Association: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2016, Columbus, OH.
A rich and colorful tapestry of innovative library practices, services, and engagement emerged in response to the economic, social and environmental dynamics of the 21st century, not least of which the explosion of technology, economic crises, and a growing environmental imperative driven by climate instability. In a world struggling for sustainability, libraries continue to critically evolve in order to celebrate their communities' successes and support them through hardships. Library associations bring together professionals to co-create solutions, share expertise, and bolster resilience through learning and community building. This poster reports on the formation of the American Library Association (ALA) Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) in 2013, the result of an urgent call to action for a unified effort to address the new millennium's environmental, economic and social sustainability challenges within the library profession in the United States and Canada. This poster identifies the technologies, processes, roles and other factors that led to the founding of SustainRT, as well as providing a vision for the future based on its participatory and inclusive structure. This story offers a practical model, including tools and strategies, for others seeking to engage in dialog and collaboration within the library profession.
Williams, Beth Filar; Charney, Madeleine; Smith, Bonnie (2015). Growing our vision together: Forming a sustainability community within the American Library Association. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 11(2), 57-69. DOI: 10.1080/15487733.2015.11908147
As long-standing keepers of democracy and information stewardship, library professionals are a natural fit for advocating and promoting sustainability within their communities. From seed libraries to Occupy Wall Street libraries, their view of sustainability extends beyond environmental concerns to include community activism, economic development, and social equity. Empowering people, facilitating dialogue, and providing resources for a more resilient future are at the center of librarians’ vital and changing roles. These visionary professionals have powered libraries’ work as outspoken advocates with well-founded initiatives. For a long time, however, there was no cohesive sustainability-focused venue for sharing best practices, collaborating, and contributing to the profession. In 2013, after one year of focused research and promotion, the American Library Association (ALA) approved a new group, the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT). This article describes how library advocates built SustainRT over the years and gained momentum with a pivotal webinar series. Clear signs of SustainRT’s early success are a testimony to the critical need for a sustainability-related Community of Practice (CoP). The article shows how the steps taken to achieve this national group’s standing can serve as a model for fostering dialogue and collaboration (often through virtual means) that allows for wide participation.
Was haben der kürzlich in Wien abgehaltene Eurovision Song contest und der im September stattfindende Österreichische Bibliothekartag gemeinsam? Sie sind „Green Events“ beziehungsweise „Green Meetings“ – nach Umweltstandards abgehaltene Veranstaltungen. Pamela Stückler vom Planungskomitee des Bibliothekartags berichtet von den Vorbereitungen.
Bauke, Carolyn (2014). Grüne Bibliothek als Chance? Konzeptentwicklung für die Stadtbücherei Wedel. Bachelorarbeit. Department Information
Diese Arbeit befasst sich mit der Thematik Grüne Bibliotheken. Das Ziel dieser Arbeit ist ein Konzept für die Stadtbücherei Wedel zu entwickeln, woraus ersichtlich wird, ob die Stadtbücherei Wedel die Chance hat, sich zu einer Grünen Bibliothek zu entwickeln. Im Hauptteil der Arbeit werden die Begriffe die „Grüne Bibliothek“ und die „Nachhaltigkeit“ erläutert. Beispielhaft werden zwei Unternehmen aus Deutschland und zwei Bibliotheken aus dem Ausland beschrieben sowie eine Analyse der bereits erfüllten Nachhaltigkeitskriterien durchgeführt. Weiterhin erfolgt eine Beschreibung der Gütesiegel für allgemeine Produkte und Zertifikate die Bibliotheken erlangen können. Um die oben genannten Fragestellungen zu beantworten, wurde ein Workshop mit Mitarbeiterinnen der Stadtbücherei Wedel durchgeführt. Im Workshop wurde die aktuelle Situation hinsichtlich der bereits erfüllten „grünen“ Kriterien erarbeitet. Auf Grundlage der zwei Unternehmen im Deutschland, der zwei Bibliotheken im Ausland und des Workshops wurde ein Konzept für die Stadtbücherei Wedel erstellt. Die Stadtbücherei Wedel befindet sich auf einem guten Weg eine Grüne Bibliothek zu werden und hat die Chance dieses Ziel durch kleine Veränderungen auch zu erreichen.
Kaufmann, Andrea (2019). Grüne Bibliotheken. Ver.di-Report BiWiFo, 18(2), 7
Klima- und Ressourcenschutz wurden Bibliotheken gleichsam in die Wiege gelegt: Bücher leihen und teilen verhindert Neukauf, spart Papier, schont Bäume, schützt das Klima. Bibliothekar*innen sind somit die Vorreitenden des heutigen Sharing-Booms. Viele von ihnen spüren die Notwendigkeit, sich noch stärker für Nachhaltigkeit einzusetzen: In der noch jungen #Libraries4Future-Initiative verpflichten sich Bibliotheksbeschäftigte und -verbände zu klima- und ressourcen bewusstem Arbeiten.
Prucková, Lenka (2015). Grüne Bibliotheken in Tschechien. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 22-23
„Grüner“, bewusster und vernetzter: Studierende der Bibliothekswissenschaft gaben den Anstoß zu einer verstärkten Auseinandersetzung mit ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit in tschechischen Bibliotheken.
Vonhof, C.; Segarra, M. (2017). Grüne Qualität: Integration von Nachhaltigkeit in das Qualitätsmanagement von Bibliotheken. In Umlauf, Konrad; Werner, Klaus Ulrich; Kaufmann, Andrea (Hrsg.), Strategien für die Bibliothek als Ort (S. 138-150). De Gruyter Saur
Nord, Franka (2018). Grüner lesen
In Zeitschriften stecken jede Menge Papier, Farbe, Wasser und Energie. Wie umweltfreundlich können bunte Magazine sein?
Kremsberger, Simone; Meister, Margit Helene (2015). Gutes Gefühl statt schlechtes Gewissen. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 12-13
Margit Helene Meister von der Umweltbildung des Landes Niederösterreich möchte Wege zu einem nachhaltigeren Lebensstil aufzeigen. In dem Projekt „leseumwelt“ setzt sie auf BibliothekarInnen als MultiplikatorInnen.
Goodsett, Mandi (2020). Hosting a sustainability speaker series: Libraries should look to the experts in their communities. American Libraries, 51(April 24)
To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day---and recognize the American Library Association adding sustainability as a core value---American Libraries returns with its ongoing sustainability series. In these posts, information professionals share their experiences with sustainability in libraries. Sustainability is an issue that should concern everyone. As information professionals, we can play a critical role in encouraging sustainable practices and solutions.
McBane Mulford, Sam; Himmel, Ned A. (2010). How green is my library?. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59158-780-4
While there is a broad spectrum of ecological sophistication within libraries nationwide and some regions are at the forefront of sustainable of sustainable design and operations, others are just beginning or have yet to integrate materials recycling into their daily practice. A few jurisdictions are mandating LEED certified buildings and carbon-neutral practices, while others do not yet have these concepts on their radars.
Stoss, Frederick W. (1999). How green is my library? Conference reports, New York Library Association 1999 Annual Conference. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 24, Fall. DOI: 10.5062/F4125QMR
"Building Partnerships for Learning" formed the theme for the 1999 New York Library Association Annual Conference. When contemplating this theme the 30th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 1970) came to mind as a pivotal event that contributed greatly to building environmental partnerships that have shaped perceptions about our environment for three decades. The "battle cry" of the first Earth Day, "Think Globally. Act Locally!" was the setting for a comprehensive examination of several major environmental issues and how libraries play major roles by supporting our learning about complex and controversial environmental topics. "How Green Is My Library?" the title of this session, reflects a question that addresses the roles libraries play related to environmental issues and concerns.
Lenstra, Noah (2020). How public libraries are helping us find nature during the crisis
Within days of closing their facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 17,452 public libraries in communities across the United States started reminding patrons how to utilize their outdoor spaces and services, and their electronic resources, to stay connected to nature. As ubiquitous community institutions full of staff well-versed on the latest and greatest technologies, public libraries have been ideally situated to continue encouraging children and families to get outside and stay active during these trying times.
Hauke, Petra (2015). How to become / How to identify a Green Library? Standards for certification: Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015, Cape Town, South Africa.
Over the last decades there are libraries all over the world following the “green way”. In the US some are certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), constructed and designed to fulfill these high standards for certification as a “green” building through the rating system. But there are additional criteria for libraries to fulfill the ideas and ideals of environmental sustainability. Besides being an environmental friendly building the library can act as educator and leader through driving an eco-friendly office management, eco-friendly user services, exemplary eco- friendly activities and offering information and courses in and eco-friendly lifestyle. Drawing upon a recently defended master thesis in Germany, the purpose of the paper is to propose the development of a sector-specific certificate to award libraries as a “Green library”. The certificate is awarded not only for building aspects but specifically for services and management systems. The objective of this paper, presented at the IFLA conference, is to define systematically all aspects of an environmentally sustainable library through a certification system. And additionally, to recommend Environmental Sustainability and Libraries SIG (ENSULIB), as the only official worldwide initiative for promoting (awarding?) green libraries with an “ENSULIB Green Library Certificate”.
Karioja, Elina (2013). How to evaluate libraries’ sustainability? An approach to an evaluation model and indicators: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2013, Singapore.
This paper originated from conclusions I wrote down in doing my thesis about sustainability in libraries. At first it is necessary to understand library’s recycling role in society and its sustainable development in basic functions like borrowing and returning books or offering open and free space to the public. Environmental certifications like LEED or environmental management systems (ISO 14000) are not fully compatible with libraries and they lack the understanding of special features of libraries. Oulu University of Applied Sciences is planning a project in order to meet this need and creating an evaluation model and indicators of sustainable development for libraries. Sustainable areas taken into consideration in evaluating library’s sustainability could be space, green IT, strategies, collection management, location and environmental awareness of both public and staff. It is also noteworthy to consider different levels of analysis: users, library staff, decision makers and host organization. Users should be offered recycling points for books and waste, staff should be committed to sustainability and communicate their awareness. Library strategies should include a sustainable point of view. It is noteworthy that the library is often a part of a large organization in a municipality, town or school, college, university etc. If the host organization has an environmental management system, library is most likely a part of that. In cases where there is no environmental policy in a host organization, it is much more difficult to follow one. Sustainability needs commitment from every person in the organization. As a result of this project, a specific libraries’ environmental label and auditing system could be developed which would increase environmental awareness among staff and customers and would make libraries greener, more sustainable, which is the ultimate objective. One can optimistically state that this model could be used worldwide and this project made international from the very beginning.
Chowdhury, Gobiinda G. (2016). How to improve the sustainability of digital libraries and information Services?. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(10), 2379-2391. DOI: 10.1002/asi.23599
Coyle, Catrina (2008). How to make your library green. American Libraries, 39(4), 43
The author suggests several print and online resources for existing libraries to promote environmental awareness and sustainable design. They include the Green Libraries web site www.greenlibraries.org, the California Integrated Waste Management cost calculator site, and the book textquotedblPlanning Public Library Buildings: Concepts and Issues for the Librarian,textquotedbl by Michael Dewe.
Stoss, Fred (2008). If we are so smart, why do we need environmental education?. Electronic Green Journal, 26, 1-3
The author reflects upon the need to promote environmental education in the U.S. He states that several organizations, like the National Wildlife Federation have initiated education programs related to environment and conservation of natural resources. He mentions about the National Environmental Education Act of 1990, that aimed to increase environmental literacy in the U.S. He stresses on the need to incorporate environmental education in elementary and secondary schools.
Sistema Nazionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente (2017). Il ruolo sociale delle Biblioteche di interesse ambientale
La Rete SI-Documenta rientra sicuramente nel novero delle biblioteche cosìddette “di interesse ambientale” (BIA).
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