Sahavirta, Harri (2019). 10 reasons for environmental sustainability in (public) libraries: ENSULIB, IFLA Publications.
Vermont Library Association (2021). 100 ways to make your library a little greener
Librarians need to be on the constant cutting edge in terms of technology, researching, web tools and even architecture and design. But libraries are also a great place to educate the public and your students about the environment, from eco-friendly lifestyle choices to organizations that promote green causes. Here are 100 ways to make your library a little greener.
Walker, Meredith (2018). 100 ways to make your library a little greener
Here are 100 ways to make your library a little greener.
Price, Sallyann (2023). 2022 Library Design Showcase: The year's most impressive new and renovated libraries. American Libraries, 54(September 1)
Welcome to the 2022 Library Design Showcase, American Libraries' annual celebration of new and renovated libraries that address user needs in inventive, interesting, and effective ways. This year's slate---similar to last year's---features building projects completed during the ongoing pandemic. Despite continued challenges and shifting trends, like the rise in popularity of outdoor programming and convertible features that can adapt to any reality, beautiful new facilities and updated spaces have continued to open to the public. Overhauls and expansions again take center stage, highlighting the innovative ways that communities are honoring existing structures while moving them into the future. Sanhita SinhaRoy: "Many of the dozen buildings featured in our annual Library Design Showcase demonstrate a respect for architectural history and special skill in adapting spaces to people, programming, and the environment. At Frisco (Tex.) Public Library, for example, the factory-turned-library's landscaping includes native plants and bioswales. As more communities grapple with the reality of climate change, these 12 libraries show that their sights are set on the future."
Kirker, Christine M. (2020). 25 projects for eco explorers. Chicago: ALA Editions. ISBN: 9780838947517
Though the daily news is filled with reports of climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, children's librarians and educators might be uncertain how to incorporate these topics into their current curriculum. This handy resource offers an ideal solution, presenting more than two dozen ready-to-use projects on environmental topics that can be integrated into K-5 educational lesson plans and library programming for children aged 4-10. Starting with a representative picture book as a foundation, children are guided through each topic using a hands-on project that reinforces learning. Whether they're in the classroom or library, kids will feel excited and engaged as they explore such topics as honeybees, loggerhead turtles, mountain gorillas, polar bears, and other animals; environments like coral reefs, estuaries, and the Galápagos Islands; wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes; composting, gardens, seeds, and the farm to table movement; and garbage, recycling, renewable energy, water conservation, and Earth Day. Complete with detailed information about each topic, including sections that explore interesting related facts, this book will activate children's curiosity and appreciation for the world we live in. (Verlagstext)
Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.) (2022). 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries. Chicago: ALA Editions. ISBN: 9780838936498
25 Ready-to-Use Sustainable Living Programs for Libraries is an all-in-one guide to how to plan, organize, and run sustainable living programs in libraries. Sustainable living involves making changes in your everyday life to ensure that you leave the planet a better place after you're gone. These changes can include reducing waste, recycling, saying no to plastic, growing your own food, repairing rather than replacing, and reducing your overall carbon footprint. This doesn't have to happen overnight; it can start with baby steps such as adopting reusable shopping bags, buying from local farmers, and carpooling.
collectionHQ (2021). 3 ways libraries can contribute to a healthier planet
Sustainability -- and the need to reduce humankind's impact on the earth -- is on people's minds more than ever. Whether it's changing eating habits or how we travel, people are being more mindful of how their actions contribute to the planet's health. And the local library is well positioned to not only support, but also actively contribute to efforts to create a brighter future for all. Governments and related agencies have weighed in on the need to reduce the impact humans are having on their home planet. One guiding doctrine is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015 by all United Nations Member States. The agenda outlines a path for peace and prosperity for the future of the planet and those of us who live on it. The agenda specifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including eliminating poverty and hunger, improving education, and preserving natural resources such as water quality, oceans and forests. Libraries have a powerful role to play in the move toward achieving these 17 goals. According to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the network of at least 2.3 million library institutions has both a global reach and an innate understanding of local priorities.
4R 4U is the extension of a very successful project “Scary Scarecrow”, originally from the memory of children's literature. First R is a tribute to children’s writers but also to reading in the childhood. Second R is for reduce of fear of written words. Starting from the admiration and the fear of weight of written words the artist goes further, in the field of ecological consciousness, giving an example to children, because this work of art is meant for them in the first place. Third R is for Reusing wasted materials. Using wasted materials, the artist transforms the old usage into new materialized art, thus making unusual world of imagination, full of new life energy in these already used materials. Four R is for Recycling. The aim of the project is to provide successful approaches and methods in the area of environmental awareness development from an early age (SDG 13 – Climate Action) Conclusions: It took us more than one year, hundreds of stories, many workshops and exhibition to discover that ecology requires different approach to show her plurality of meanings. The topic is described on printed poster with photographs and text in English.
Bibliotheksfachstelle der Diözese Linz (2020). 5 nachhaltige Ideen für Ihre Bibliothek. OPAC. Das Magazin für BIBLIOÖTHEKEN, 29(1), 20-21
Die Welt retten“ – Das hört sich nach großen Taten an. Die braucht es bestimmt. Was wir tun können, ohne uns zu überfordern, sind kleine Schritte. Hier finden Sie praktische und einfache Ideen, wie Bibliotheken Nachhaltigkeit leben und vermitteln.
UC San Diego Library (2021). 50 ways the library is sustainable
To celebrate the Geisel Library building's 50th anniversary, the Library Sustainability Committee (LSC) put together this list of ways in which we have been sustainable over the years.
Rote, Laura (2021). 6 Green Libraries with inspiring designs
Every book you can imagine, access to endless information, community services---what do you think of when you think of a library today? What about green libraries? Modern libraries are so much more than places to check out books, though they're certainly that, too, and we're grateful. But some of the best libraries are also community spaces, acting as hubs for cultural programming, education, children services, and more.
Springfield-Greene County Library District (2020). 8 Last-minute ways to "go green" for Earth Day
Being eco-friendly has taken center stage in recent years. Many library users want to make more sustainable choices but may lack the knowledge of how to do so. Programs focused on textquotedblgoing greentextquotedbl are a fun, accessible way for patrons to celebrate Earth Day, and they can also be an easy lift for a busy librarian. Below are eight eco-friendly program ideas that you can use to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with hardly any prep work at all.
IFLA Section Environment, Sustainability_and_Libraries (2022). ?`Qué es una Biblioteca Verde?.
Una biblioteca verde y sostenible es una biblioteca que tiene en cuenta la sostenibilidad medioambiental, económica y social. Las bibliotecas ecológicas y sostenibles pueden ser de cualquier tamaño, pero deben tener una agenda de sostenibilidad clara.
Kallunki, Sandy (2015). A Bumper crop of ideas. Children & Libraries, 13(2), 21-25. DOI: 10.5860/cal.13n2.21
The article discusses the idea of incorporating garden-related activities in libraries and offering it to both parents and children for it to be infused on the latter's early literacy. It says that by doing so, the participants will be able to interact while also increasing their knowledge. It also suggests different activities such as cutting out materials resembling vegetables, taking the kids to a garden to find plants and doing experiments with compost.
Jankowska, Maria Anna (2006). A Library's contribution to scholarly communication and environmental literacy. The Serials Librarian, 49(4), 117-124. DOI: 10.1300/J123v49n04_08
New e-information formats and e-services have been developed to support academics in their scholarly communication and access to information. With ever-increasing prices of electronic journals, scholars and librarians have made an aggressive move toward the creation of a new model of information exchange-open access to scholarly communication and information. This paper discusses the participation of librarians in the new model and seeks an answer to the question of why many librarians have been reluctant to contribute to scholarly communication through an involvement in digital publishing. The paper describes the production process of the Electronic Green Journal, a tool for the communication of current environmental research, bibliographies, book reviews, and news about international information resources that are beneficial for building environmental literacy.
Noh, Younghee (2015). A Study on developing the evaluation Items for the Green Libraries Certification. Journal of the Korean Society for information Management, 32(3), 99-130. DOI: 10.3743/KOSIM.2015.32.3.099
This study was conducted to develop and propose the evaluation indicators to evaluate the eco-friendliness of the library, when certified as the eco-friendly Green Libraries. To do this, we extracted the green library components through an analysis of the green library literatures and case studies, and surveyed the perceptions of the library staffs about the assessment factors. Finally, we developed the green library evaluation index with 11 evaluation areas, 31 evaluation items, and 135 evaluation indicators. The 11 evaluation areas are as follows; Land use and transportation, energy and environmental protection, materials and resources, water cycle management, maintenance management, ecological environment, the indoor environment, the library resources, the eco-education programs and campaigns, the staff and operations, and the computerization.
Fourie, Ina (2012). A call for libraries to go green: An information behaviour perspective to draw interest from twenty-first century librarians. Library Hi Tech, 30(3), 428-435. DOI: 10.1108/07378831211266573
Purpose When confronted with a problem where the solution is not clear or obvious, a first step would be to search for more information, trying to make sense of the problem. The intention of this contribution is to make sense of the call for ``libraries to go green'', while at the same time to show the potential of explicitly considering information behaviour and the need to draw on the full spectrum of information literacy skills (e.g. recognising and expressing an information need, seeking, using, and disseminating information) to stimulate librarians' interest and confidence in taking on the challenge of going green and making a difference. Design/methodology/approach The column will be written against the background of research from information literacy, information behaviour, and research on sustainable and environmental friendly library and information (LIS) services. Findings Although rather a limited number, publications on ``going green'' and the ``paperless'' library/society address a variety of issues ranging from planning ``green'' library buildings, to assessing the experiences of LIS professionals in developing sustainable ``green libraries'', to information behaviour in using e--books in academic contexts. Considering the finding and use of information on ``going green'', from an information behaviour perspective, helps to bring many issues to consider in furthering research on ``going green'' to the front. Originality/value Although much has been published about information behaviour and information literacy, and although attempts of publishing on various issues of ``green'' libraries are noted, the author is not aware of other work aligning these issues.
Asikainen, Minna (2012). A common goal will bring a change. In Sonkkanen, Leila; Asikainen, Minna; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Green@library (S. 24-25).
Cardoso, Nathalice Bezerra (2010). A contribuição do bibliotecário para a educação ambiental. Perspectivas em Ciência da Informação, 15(2), 140-162. DOI: 10.1590/S1413-99362010000200010
Resumos: Discute a contribuição do bibliotecário para a Educação Ambiental, mostrando a importância dele como educador, levando conhecimento teórico e ações práticas para as pessoas, com o intuito de que tenham hábitos ecologicamente corretos. Apresenta o perfil do bibliotecário considerando-o como o profissional que dissemina a informação, acreditando que ele não pode ficar de fora dessas discussões; também estes enquanto cidadãos e profissionais devem atuar nessa área, ajudando da melhor forma possível a disseminar a informação ambiental, criando estratégias, redes, projetos e outras ações para conscientizar as pessoas e diminuir o impacto do ser humano no meio ambiente. Ressalta que a área de Biblioteconomia tem e deve se relacionar com a Educação Ambiental. Assim, o bibliotecário estará contribuindo para gerar pensamentos críticos, alcançar comportamentos ecologicamente corretos, além de contribuir para o desenvolvimento sustentável da região. Abstract: The article discusses the contribution of the librarian for Environmental Education, pointing out his/her importance as an educator while bringing not only theoretical knowledge but also influencing actions for people so they develop ecologically correct habits. As the librarian is considered one of the professionals who disseminate information, it is believed that he/she cannot stay out of these discussions. Librarians as citizens and professionals must also act in this area, working at his/her best to disseminate environmental information, create strategies, networks, projects and other actions to keep people aware of the problems and reduce the impact of humans on the environment. This research also shows that librarianship should and must relate to environmental education. This way, his/her work would help to generate critical thinking, acquire environmentally correct behaviors, and contribute to a sustainable development in the region.
Sahavirta, Harri (2018). A garden on the roof doesn't make a library green: A case for green libraries. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 5-21). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-003
Catalysed by the urgency of climate change, this chapter provides a multifaceted definition of sustainability as applied to libraries. Drawing from a range of international projects, the reader sees how dedication to sustainability action has become more central and widespread in the library profession worldwide. Successful examples are drawn from IFLA’s Green Library Award as well as other innovative programmes, services, buildings and projects based on increasing consciousness around environmental responsibility. Cultural factors are sensitively taken into consideration when defining success, recognising the variability of different countries’ access to resources.
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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