Charney, Madeleine; Hauke, Petra (2020). Global action on the urgency of climate change: Academic and research libraries' contributions. College & Research Libraries News, 81(3), 114-117. DOI: 10.5860/crln.81.3.114
At the time of this writing, Australia's bushfires are raging, Jakarta is experiencing massive flooding, and waves of earthquakes are devastating islands in the Caribbean. Hundreds of thousands of people and living creatures are being torn from their homes. The mind reels at the intensity and scale of these climate change-induced disasters. At the same time, the world's leading decision makers seem to finally be waking up to the emergency. For instance, the European Union (EU) just announced 1 trillion euro plan to support the European Green Deal, including a mechanism designed to help regions (e.g., coal-dependent Poland) that would be most disrupted economically by the transition to cleaner industries. Moreover, with the aim to make Europe the world's first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, the EU pledges a just transition, that is to ``leave no one behind.''
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2015). Global denken, lokal handeln. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 26-27
Die Kingston Library im Bundesstaat New York unterstützt die Klimaziele der Stadt und hat sich selbst zu grünen Maßnahmen bekannt. Eine Fallstudie einer Grünen Bibliothek in den USA.
Montuori, Joe (2022). Go solar for a more sustainable library. Sustainable Libraries Initiative, Newsletter, 2(1), 2-4
Can you imagine anything that suggests ``sustainability'' more than solar panels covering your library's roof? What a wonderful message that would send to the community. ``Hey, check it out! We're walking the walk!
Vonhof, Cornelia (2020). Going Green: Implementing sustainable Strategies in Libraries around the World. Rezension. Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis, 44(1), 109-110. DOI: 10.1515/bfp-2020-0011
Rezensierte Publikation: Petra Hauke; Madeleine Charney; Harri Sahavirta (Hrsg.) (2018): Going Green: Implementing sustainable Strategies in Libraries around the World. Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services. IFLA Publications 177; X, 234 S., 1 Abb. (sw), 60 Abb. (Farbe), 14 Tab. (s/w). Gebunden: ISBN 978-3-11-060584-6, eBook: PDF ISBN 978-3-11-060887-8, EPUB ISBN 978-3-11-060599-0
Jankowska, Maria A. (2011). Going beyond environmental programs and green practices at the American Library Association. Electronic Green Journal, 1(32), e1-17
The intent of this editorial is to provide a starting point for a more comprehensive assessment of libraries’ progress towards environmental sustainability, and consequently contribute to a discourse on pathways that can enable sustainable development of libraries in the future.
Sittel, Robbie (2012). Going green @ your library: One librarian's lessons in programming. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 127-131). Library Juice Press
Hauke, Petra; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (2013). Going green as a marketing tool for libraries: Environmentally sustainable management practices: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2013, Singapore.
This paper deals with libraries’ awareness of ecological sustainability as part of the marketing strategy with high impact on both clients and stakeholders. Libraries are particularly responsible not only for disseminating information on environmental sustainability but also for serving as examples to follow. Small steps in going green can have a big impact on the library’s image. Activities in this field can be developed in cooperation with unpaid partners like NGOs, Friends of the Library groups etc. The paper will give examples from libraries in different countries from all over the world, dealing with ideas of how to gain recognition with a green identity, which conveys an attractive market image.
Al, Rodney; House, Sara (2010). Going green in North American public libraries: A critical snapshot of policy and practice. Paper presented at the 76th IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden.
In recent years, the global library community has recognized that reversing the human impact on the environment is part of its social responsibility. This presentation examines this ethic within the context of the North American library community with particular attention to analysis of related policy and practice in five major metropolitan areas. Topics treated include the development of “green” policies, procedures, strategic plans, mission statements, vision statements, and values statements; and, “green librarianship” apparent at the service level of select library associations and institutions. Findings indicate that there is an exciting emergent library discourse on “green” policy and actions. However: (1) public libraries are implementing “green” measures at the service and programming levels, but not yet encoding a green ethic in official institutional language; and, (2) library associations are generally remiss in addressing environmental responsibility in any form or manner in their policies. Audience contribution is encouraged on how to build better green momentum in North American librarianship, as well as how to develop a more socially responsible global profession in general. To what extent is the slim and slow greening of libraries reflective of the status of grassroots and activist librarianship in general?
Chakraborty, Susmita (2013). Going green or not: Realities of the Indian metropolis libraries: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2013, Singapore.
India is fighting severe problems, as for e.g. pollution explosion, dwindling resources, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, threats of terrorism, among others. In this perspective, little emphasis is given on emerging issues like hygienic and environmental awareness. Very recently, Indian libraries started to have provisions for natural lights as much as possible, energy saving bulbs in the reading rooms and other places within library premises, provision of natural air, emphasis on cleanliness, hygienic toilets, adequate provision of waste bins at appropriate places, proper disposal policies for weeded library materials/equipments, etc. This paper will present the report of a survey of some important libraries in the four metropolises (Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai) of India.
Mwanzu, Arnold (2018). Going green to embrace aesthetic reflections and sustainable library buildings: A case study of USIU-A Library as a benchmark of Kenyan libraries. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 210-226). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-020
This paper examines the strides taken by academic libraries in Kenya to match the standards of modern library buildings, including going green whilst highlighting the ensuing impact on user satisfaction. It provides a comparison between modern Kenyan libraries and other modern libraries in the world considered exemplary in progressive development of library design and sustainable library buildings. This paper will answer the following questions: how far have Kenyan libraries come in embracing environmentally friendly buildings? What is the impact of artistic modern library design and going green on user satisfaction? What are the effects of natural environments on libraries? In addressing these and related questions, the design of new libraries in Kenya over the past eight years can be traced.
Hallmann, Christian (2013). Going green: Free University Philological Library, Berlin: An evolutionary concept development – from a box to “The Brain”. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 241-256). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2306
Active as well as passive constructional strategies and innovations were realized within a dynamic design process to guarantee sustainability at the Berlin Philological Library.1 Besides a reduction of the enveloping skin area in relation to its volume, the use of special building materials is noteworthy. This and the use of daylight and an innovative heating and ventilation system ensure the intended sustainability. There are also numerous other strategies supporting this goal. Encompassed within this approach, the needs of the users take centre stage. Awarded with the Deutscher Architekturpreis and the Contractworld.award in 2007, the Philological Library is a notable example of a sustainable library and an architectural highlight. In einem dynamischen Design-Prozess konnten bei der Philologischen Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin grundlegende aktive wie auch passive bautechnische Neuerungen verwirklicht werden, um Nachhaltigkeit sowohl im Hinblick auf die Nutzerfreundlichkeit als auch auf den Schutz des Bestandes zu garantieren. Dazu zählt neben einer Verkleinerung der äußeren Hülle in Relation zum Raumvolumen auch die Verwendung der richtigen Baumaterialien. Dies sowie die Nutzung von Tageslicht in Verbindung mit einem innovativen Heiz- und Lüftungssystem sorgen neben weiteren Strategien für die angestrebte Nachhaltigkeit. Neben diesen Aspekten stehen zudem die Anforderungen zur Benutzbarkeit der Präsenzbibliothek durch die Leser im Focus. Für ihr Design wurde die Philologische Bibliothek u.a. 2007 mit dem Deutschen Architekturpreis sowie dem Contractworld.award ausgezeichnet.
Prasanth, Mavily; Vasudevan, T. M. (2019). Going green: Libraries for sustainable development: Paper presented at: National conference on Innovations and Transformations in Libraries (NCITL 2019).
The paper discusses about the various measures for greening the library other than building green library buildings. It also puts forward various suggestions and methods for greening existing libraries and also discuss the need and importance of implementing green library concepts. Introduction Our beautiful nature is continuously degraded by human beings and causing problems like global warming and climate change. Shrinking glaciors, melting ice caps and wide ranges in temperature provide evidence that something is happening with our climate. Libraries don't come into our mind when we think of problems like global warming and climate change. But Libraries consume a lot of energy for its services and hence contribute to the problem. A healthy natural environment is needed for our survival and quality of life. So it's high time for us librarians to play a major role for the betterment of environment. We can design a green library by means of choosing appropriate site for constructing library building, use of natural material and biodegradable products for construction, conservation of resources i.e., water, energy, paper etc. and responsible for recycling of waste materials. So the concepts of green libraries are now being popular and through proper designing of green library we can reduce the harmful impact on the environment and it also improve the environment inside the library.
Peterson, Richard A.; von Isenburg, Megan; Dietsch, Barbara; Lucas, Dawne (2014). Going green: One library's journey toward sustainability. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 14(1), 14-23. DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2014.859887
The Duke University Medical Center Library created and implemented a sustainability plan as a way of contributing to the University's institutional goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2024. An internal working group coordinated efforts to implement more environmentally friendly practices, create awareness of the importance of this project, and obtain staff buy-in. As a result, the Library was awarded the University's Green Workplace certification. This article will share not only the process for implementing sustainability initiatives, but will also detail some practices that other libraries can achieve.
Fresnido, Ana Maria B.; Esposo-Betan, Sharon Maria S. (2018). Going green: Sustainable practices in Philippine Libraries. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This study aims to investigate on the sustainability practices of Philippine libraries. It intends to identify where Philippine academic libraries are in the “green” continuum. Significance of the study. Greening libraries is rarely talked about in Philippine libraries. This study is a modest contribution to the dearth of literature on greening Philippine libraries. Results of the study hopes to stimulate the interest of library administrators and bring awareness to other stakeholders on the current state of libraries in the Philippines as far as “greening” is concerned, so they can either start or further advance their greening initiatives. Design, methodology, approach. Descriptive survey method was employed for this study with the Preliminary Green Assessment Checklist developed by McBane Mulford and Himmel as instrument. The respondents consisted of active members of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Libraries, Inc. (PAARL) or those that have attended the organization’s activities in the last two years. Findings. 68.75% of the surveyed libraries received green rating; 31.25% got yellow; and none fell under red. The overall rating for all libraries is 149.12 which is within the green zone. This only proved to show that Philippine libraries are obviously taking small but crucial steps towards greening their libraries. Research limitations and implication (if applicable). While the survey questionnaire was sent to 206 librarians, only 32 (15.53\%) accomplished the form. Originality of the paper: The study is the first and so far, the only study which attempted to gauge where Philippine libraries are in the green continuum.
Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.) (2018). Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world: Buildings, management, programmes and services. (Band 177). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Saur. ISBN: 9783110608878
IFLA has adopted the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that was endorsed in September 2015. It is therefore crucial that libraries develop a dynamic relationship around sustainable practices to achieve the SDGs. The so-called “Green Library Movement” is the consequent answer. In 2017, ENSULIB organized a two-day satellite meeting at the Philologische Bibliothek at the Freie Universität in vibrant Berlin, Germany, entitled “Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services.” Participants came from all over the world, with contributions from Brazil, Cameroon, Finland, Germany, Kenya, Spain, Uganda and the USA. The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2017, the Stadtbibliothek of Bad Oldesloe, Germany, was also presented. The papers submitted to be presented at the satellite meeting form the basis of this publication, supplemented by the best papers submitted for the IFLA Green Library Award 2017 competition, by papers from the Joint Session of ENSULIB and the IFLA Public Libraries Session as well as from the ENSULIB offsite meeting at the IFLA Conference 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland, and by a research study on libraries’ sustainable practices at the Freie Universität of Berlin.
Hoerning, Beate (2019). Going to a library conference for talking about ecological sustainability – but what’s about our own carbon footprint? Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
Whenever people get together at face-to-face meetings – there will always be an extra consumption of resources for travelling to the conference and for staying at the venue. More and more of them feel confident that they need to strive to reduce their environmental impact to the most possible minimum. There are already several studies that have analyzed the ecological footprint of conferences. On the basis of their conclusions, the wide range of possible options for conference attendees (at conferences generally and in particular at library conferences) will be shown and discussed. Basically, there are two main kinds of complementary options: 1. Measures, steps, and actions for reducing the own carbon footprint and 2. Options for making an impact on the meeting organizers for the conference’s footprint as a whole. The discussion will be carried out in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDGs No. 7, 12, 13, 15) and to the degrowth movement.
Gonda, Thalia (2022). Green & sustainable academic libraries in the post-COVID era. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(2), 8-9
On 19-21 October, 2022 the Ionian University Library and Information Centre hosted the 28th Panhellenic Academic Libraries Conference, in Corfu, Greece. This year's topic was ``Green & Sustainable Academic Libraries in the post-COVID Era''. The Panhellenic Academic Libraries Conference is an important institution for the Greek academic library community, and consequently for all Greek librarians, as it is a valuable opportunity for learning best practices and networking. After two years of real-time online conferences, this year we had the joy and opportunity of returning to a real-life get-together.
Akbulut, Müge; Alaca, Erdinç; Büyükçolpan, Tubanur; Cevher, Nilay; Kurbanoğlu, Serap; Soylu, Demet; Yıldırım, Banu Fulya (2018). Green (environmentalist) approaches to university libraries: A research across Turkey. Bilgi Dünyasi, 19(2), 203-230. DOI: 10.15612/BD.2018.693
This study was carried out in order to identify green (environmentally friendly) practices in university libraries in both institutional and individual contexts. Within the scope of this research, descriptive method was used, and also two questionnaires were used as data collection tools from library directors and librarians. Within the frame of the study, online questionnaire was sent to 165 directors and 1614 librarians working in 165 university libraries (out of 182 in total) in Turkey. 45 directors and 341 librarians responded to the survey. The directors' survey has six main sections including sustainable environment, water saving, energy saving, sustainable resources and materials, indoor air quality, innovation in design and implementation, and aims to collect information on an institutional basis. The librarian survey consists of three main parts which are demographic information, environmental awareness and attitude in daily life, and green libraries. The obtained data were analyzed by IBM Statistics SPSS 23.0 software package. In the study, it was found out that even though university libraries in Turkey fulfill some criteria such as proximity to public transportation, use of alternative options in transportation and water-efficient plumbing, monitoring water use, turning off electrical appliances when not in use, use of double glazed windows, taking precautions against paper waste with recycling or donation of printed resources, there are still deficiencies. Also, differences between universities have been identified in terms of green approaches /implementations and some libraries such as Atilim, Bilkent, Bacskent and Yacsar University libraries have been observed to be greener than others within sustainable environment, water and energy saving, sustainable materials-resources, indoor air quality and design and application innovations. Although librarians have a low level of perception and awareness in green libraries and environmental sustainability issues, they have positive opinions about the initiatives promoting education and awareness. Bu çalışma gerek kurumsal gerek bireysel bağlamda üniversite kütüphanelerinde gerçekleştirilen yeşil (çevre dostu) uygulamaları belirlemek amacıyla gerçekleştirilmiştir. Betimleme yönteminin kullanıldığı bu araştırma kapsamında veri toplama tekniği olarak kütüphane yöneticilerine ve kütüphanecilere olmak üzere toplam iki adet anketten yararlanılmıştır. Türkiye’deki 182 üniversite kütüphanesinden 165’inde görev yapmakta olan toplam 165 yönetici ve 1.614 kütüphaneciye çevrim içi anket gönderilmiş, 45 yönetici ve 341 kütüphaneci anketi yanıtlamıştır. Yönetici anketi, sürdürülebilir çevre, su tasarrufu, enerji tasarrufu, sürdürülebilir kaynak ve materyaller, iç mekân hava kalitesi, tasarım ve uygulamada yenilikler olmak üzere altı ana bölümden oluşmakta ve kurumsal bazda bilgi toplamayı amaçlamaktadır. Kütüphaneci anketi ise demografik bilgiler, günlük yaşamda çevresel farkındalık ve tutum, yeşil kütüphaneler olmak üzere üç ana bölümden oluşmaktadır. Anket aracılığıyla elde edilen verilerin değerlendirilmesinde betimleme yönteminden yararlanılmıştır. Elde edilen veriler IBM SPSS Statistics 23.0 paket programı aracılığı ile analiz edilmiştir. Çalışma sonucunda, Türkiye’deki üniversite kütüphanelerinin yeşil kütüphane olma yolunda bazı kriterleri (toplu taşıma araçlarına yakınlık, ulaşımda alternatif seçeneklere yönelim, su tasarruflu tesisat kullanımı, su tüketiminin takip edilmesi, elektronik araç gereçlerin mesai saatleri dışında kapalı tutulması, binalarda çift cam özelliği, basılı kaynakların bağış ya da geri dönüşümü ile kâğıt israfına karşı önlem alınması) sağlamakla birlikte önemli eksiklerinin bulunduğu, çevresel yaklaşımlar/yeşil uygulamalar açısından üniversiteler arası farklılıklar olduğu ve bazı kütüphanelerin (Atılım, Bilkent, Başkent ve Yaşar Üniversitesi kütüphaneleri gibi) sürdürülebilir çevre, su ve enerji tasarrufu, sürdürülebilir materyaller-kaynaklar, iç mekân hava kalitesi ve tasarım ve uygulamada yenilikler kapsamında diğerlerinden daha yeşil olduğu görülmüştür. Kütüphanecilerin yeşil kütüphaneler ve çevresel sürdürülebilirlik konularında algı ve farkındalık düzeyleri düşük olmakla birlikte bu konularda eğitime ve farkındalık artırıcı girişimlere sıcak baktıkları belirlenmiştir.
Czolkoß-Hettwer, Michael (2022). Green IT und Bibliotheken: Eine große Bandbreite möglicher Maßnahmen / Hardware im Fokus. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 74(4), 184-186
Die Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt und mithin die digitale Transformation in den Bibliotheken ermöglicht an vielen Stellen das Einsparen von Ressourcen. Bewerbungen über Online-Portale oder die Umstellung von gedruckten auf elektronische Informationsressourcen (um nur zwei Beispiele zu nennen): Dies alles spart unter anderem Papier und trägt durch das Wegbleiben von Transporten zu einem abnehmenden Verkehrsaufkommen bei. Allerdings hat auch das Arbeiten im Digitalen einen ökologischen Fußabdruck, denn die eingesetzte Hardware hierfür muss hergestellt sowie regelmäßig ersetzt werden und das Arbeiten am Computer verbraucht genauso Strom wie das Betreiben von Rechenzentren (auch diese Beispielliste ließe sich fortführen). Zu bedenken ist ferner, dass vermeintlich analoge Prozesse auch eine digitale Komponente haben. Um beim Bewerbungsbeispiel zu bleiben: In aller Regel läuft eine postalische Bewerbung so ab, dass eine Person Bewerbungsunterlagen am Computer erzeugt, redigiert, zusammenführt und (gegebenenfalls langfristig) abspeichert. Die Unterlagen werden dann ausgedruckt und postalisch versendet. Nicht selten werden die Bewerbungsunterlagen beim Adressaten für die Weiterverarbeitung zumindest teilweise digitalisiert. Wie die einführenden Bemerkungen angedeutet haben, ist das Thema Green IT beziehungsweise die Frage der Nachhaltigkeit von Informationstechnologien ein äußerst vielschichtiges. Im folgenden Beitrag soll der Begriff Green IT zunächst genauer definiert und abgegrenzt werden. Anschließend wird beleuchtet, wo und inwieweit das Thema für Bibliotheken relevant ist.
Kumar, G. Kiran; Shivakrishna, S. D.; Chikkamanju (2020). Green Libraries for Sustainable Development: An overview. Journal of Information and Computational Science, 10(3), 585-590
The green library or sustainable library is a new concept and it is gaining popularity among the library professionals. The paper highlights the conditions of environment, their impacts on society and efforts of leading organizations towards an eco-friendly earth, developed standards for the betterment, green India, green library, features of green library, Initiatives in India and outside India. The papers also discuss role of initiatives like United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).It also give an overview of green library and role of modern librarian to make green library. Furthermore the paper focus the importance of green library in ongoing era and green library initiatives in India.
Please send comments, additions or suggestions to the bibliography to Beate Hörning.
The Bibliography Green Library is created in cooperation with the IFLA Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB).
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