Cardoso, Nathalice Bezerra (2020). How is your library contributing to sustainable development?
Nathalice Cardoso is a Brazilian librarian and researcher with 12 years of work experience. She was a German Chancellor Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2019-2020) and visiting researcher at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). Since 2014 she is a member of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State's Research Group ``Public Libraries in Brazil: Reflection and Practice'' This calculator is one of the results of her research ``Social Responsibility of Library Science in Transforming Society to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)''. The purpose of this calculator is to provide insights into the topic to encourage more librarians to think about actions and implement them in libraries. Public Libraries are relevant cultural institutions and educational spaces with the mandate of free access to information, which play an important role in fulfilling the Agenda's 2030 goals for Sustainable Development. Societies in which it is possible for everyone to obtain the information they need at the right time are better placed to combat poverty and inequality, improve the health of their population, support culture, research and innovation. Not only the public access to information is important but also to use the library as a meeting space for education, workshops, lectures, expositions, courses, etc.
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.
Griffis, Gabrielle (2022). How repair events at libraries can build social infrastructure and create sustainable culture. In Tanner, René; Ho, Adrian K.; Antonelli, Monika; Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (Hrsg.), Libraries and sustainability: Programs and practices for community impact (S. 75-85). ALA Editions
The outcomes and objectives of repair events are innumerable. These intergenerational programs bring people of all backgrounds together to share stories and learn valuable skills. They divert thousands of items from landfills and reduce the need for more manufactured goods. Philosophically, repair events present an alternative paradigm to linear-degenerative economic systems that have no actionable plan for consumer waste.
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”.
Cardoso, Nathalice Bezerra (2021). How to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Checklist for libraries.
This checklist is one of the results of the research ``Social Responsibility of Library Science in Transforming Society to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)''. Available at: www.libraryscience.de
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.
IFLA (2022). IFLA Green Library Award: IFLA Section Environment, Sustainability and Libraries ENSULIB
Sponsored by De Gruyter Publishing, the IFLA Green Library Award is given to libraries and projects that best communicate their commitment to environmental sustainability. Following the IFLA Key Initiative 2.4: Provide tools and infrastructure that support the work of libraries, the award will help in advancing the profession through illuminating the role of libraries and librarians in the advancement of sustainability standards and the promotion of specialized knowledge within professional practice.
Wagner, Janet (2022). Idea-Café events organized by the German Green Library Network
The German Green Library Network stands for networking, information and exchange between libraries and also with other cultural and educational institutions. For regular exchange, people met before 2020 in the framework of a “Stammtisch” (regulars’ table) in the Berlin area. With the onset of the Corona pandemic, we received enquiries as to whether the network could also organise regular, virtual exchange, regardless of where one lives. This can be easily implemented with online meetings – the format “Ideas Café Green Library” was born.
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.
Maddaluno, Paola (2020). Il festival dello sviluppo sostenibile e la partecipazione dei bibliotecari. AIB notize, 31 Agosto
Lo sapete che se organizzate un corso di italiano per gli immigrati voi fate dello sviluppo sostenibile?! Lo sapete che ogni volta che fornite un accesso all'informazione non solo siete dei bravi bibliotecari, ma state facendo anche una pratica di sviluppo sostenibile?! Lo sviluppo sostenibile con i suoi 17 obiettivi e 169 target così come stabilito dalle Nazioni Unite per l'Agenda 2030, di cui quest'anno ricorrono i cinque anni dalla sua sottoscrizione da parte dei paesi membri, è una grande sfida alla quale tutti i paesi sia quelli ricchi che quelli poveri, così come ogni singola persona possono contribuire.
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).
Sivurоva, O. A.; Chegodaeva, T. G. (2020). Implementation of the ideas of "Green" Libraries in the activities of the Belarus Agricultural Library. ООО «Ковчег»
The article shows the way the Belarus Agricultural Library (BelAL) has been following the ideas of «green libraries»: it describes environmentally friendly practices implemented in the library over the past years; particular attention is paid to the ongoing work of the Green Office Belarus Agricultural Library (GO!BelAL); the authors outlined the prospects for the development of the library in promoting the goals of sustainable development and environmental awareness. Показан путь следования Белорусской сельскохозяйственной библиотеки за идеями «зелёных» библиотек: описаны экологически дружественные практики, внедрённые в библиотеке на протяжении предыдущих лет; уделено внимание ведущейся в настоящее время работе Зеленого офиса Белорусской сельскохозяйственной библиотеки = Green Office Belarus Agricultural Library (GO!BelAL); обозначены перспективы развития библиотеки в целях содействия целям устойчивого развития и экологической осведомлённости.
Vasishta, Seema; Navjyoti; Dhanda, Maninder Kaur (2019). Increasing ``Green Quotient'' in Libraries: A Case Study of Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), Chandigarh, India. International Journal of Information Dissemination and Technology, 9(4), 159-162. DOI: 10.5958/2249-5576.2019.00032.3
A significant movement of maximizing the green quotient is gaining momentum all over the world, with libraries being no exception. Libraries are being customised to `Green Libraries' so as to sustain the natural resources, create environment consciousness and protect the environment. In the present scenario, to develop a successful library, a librarian must establish such services which are not only useful for the users but also work for increasing the green quotient, leading to developing sustainable communities. Green libraries are the need of the hour to save the Mother Earth. The primary objective of this research paper is to analyse the importance of adopting `Going Green' practices and how green and sustainable practices have been implemented in Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), Chandigarh. Many new technologies and practices are being implemented by the library professionals in the library understudy to minimize the negative impact of carbon footprints on the environment. This paper also gives an overview of some green activities that could be followed in developing countries such as India, which would help in sustaining eco-friendly movement.
Ghorbani, M. (2017). Indicators for sustainable management of green libraries: A qualitative research. Librarianship and Information Organization Studies, 28(1), 29-45
Purpose: To identify indicators of sustainable management in Iranian libraries to achieve a green library. Methodology: In this qualitative research, 12 experts in knowledge and information science and sustainable development were interviewed using purposive and snowball sampling and semi-structured interviews. Data analyzed, coded and categorized using three stage grounded theory. Results: 215 concepts in open coding were grouped in 62 categories: context (with 24 concepst and 9 categories), causes (with 43 concepts and 13 categories), interferences (with 19 concepts and 10 categories), strategies (with 102 concepts and 17 categories) and outcomes (with 27 concepts and 14 categories). Conclusion: Library management needs to be moved toward sustainable management model- a model which focuses on green libraries regarding sustainable indicators.
Mulumba, Onan; Akullo, Winny Nekesa (2018). Information dissemination is not enough: Preparing librarians for effective climate change effects mitigation in Uganda. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 197-209). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-019
Spink, Amanda (1999). Information science in sustainable development and de-industrialization. Information Research, 5(1)
This working paper brings together concepts and ideas about the role of information in the future of humanity. Different views have emerged within the international debate on sustainable development - a global industrialization view centers on sustaining global industrialization and a new moral order that advocates societal downscaling and de-industrialization based on regional self-sufficiency to preserve humanity. This working paper briefly outlines these approaches to sustainable development and their relationship to information science research. Both views are distinguished by their approach to de-industrialization. Global industrialization includes pockets of de-industrialization of communities and regions, and societal down scaling includes a de-industrialization process to a sustainable community. De-industrialization is therefore a growing interdisciplinary area of research within sociology, urban planning and policy, and economics. However, information science research is becoming primarily concerned with the informational dimensions of the global industrialization - not de-industrialization. Despite the growing interdisciplinary literature on sustainable development and de-industrialization, the informational aspects of these important issues have yet to be fully explored.
Züge, Jana (2018). Integration von Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung in die bibliothekarische Aus- und Fortbildung: vorgelegt zur Erlangung des akademischen Grades Bachelor of Arts im Studiengang Bibliotheksmanagement, Fachbereich Informationswissenschaft.
Alpi, Kristine M. (2000). It's not easy being green: A survey of staff experiences with environmental issues in sci-tech and other libraries. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 26. DOI: 10.5062/F4TQ5ZH0
Earth Day 2000 is time to study what is being done in libraries to promote the well-being of the environment. In March 2000, sixty-five STS-L Listserv subscribers responded to a survey asking about environmental policies and committees, individual and institutional attitudes and behavior related to recycling, and the effects of electronic journals and reserves on copying and printing. The responses provide some data on environmental activities in the libraries of STS-L subscribers. Information and tips on reducing, reusing and recycling supplement the results with concrete ideas on improving the environment in libraries.
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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