Hopkins, Arlene; Maack, Stephen (2017). Sustainability in public libraries: Creating a hub for resilient and sustainable community culture. American Libraries, 48(June 23)
The world faces global ecological systems challenges of unprecedented severity and threat. The scientific reality of climate change has been politicized; President Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Accords and the action has moved city and state leaders to offset this maneuver. The role of public libraries as hubs for reliable information, learning, and community building is ever more critical to our future resilience and sustainability.
Chowdhury, Gobinda (2013). Sustainability of digital information services. Journal of Documentation, 69(5), 602-622. DOI: 10.1108/JD-08-2012-0104
Purpose This paper aims to propose a model which serves to illustrate that a number of factors are responsible for, and contribute to, the different forms of sustainability of digital information services. It also seeks to identify some areas of information research and their interrelationship in the context of sustainability of digital information services. Design/methodology/approach This research is based on critical analysis of a range of research and policy documents, and an environment scan, in different aspects of sustainability of information systems and services. Recent and relevant past research studies as well as some relevant government policies and initiatives have been critically analyzed in order to identify various factors that are said to contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of information services. Findings It is noted that the sustainability of information has not been studied within the mainstream information science research. However, several previous research studies have produced findings and models that can be used to achieve some aspects of sustainability of information. It is also noted that various parameters of sustainability are inter-related and hence a proper research agenda has to be prepared, and concerted research efforts are needed in order to be able to develop and manage sustainable digital information services. Practical implications A model has been proposed showing the various factors to be studied for achieving the economic, social and environmental sustainability of information services. Interrelations among the different factors and their implications for sustainability of digital information systems services are also discussed. Originality/value The model is expected to open new vistas for research in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of digital information systems and services. It will develop new tools, technologies and applications for building sustainable information systems and services appropriate for the digital era.
Chowdhury, Gobinda (2014). Sustainability of digital libraries: A conceptual model and a research framework. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 14(3-4), 181-195. DOI: 10.1007/s00799-014-0116-0
Brunvand, Amy (2017). Sustainability on the other side of the stacks: An embedded librarian in the Sustainability Office. American Libraries, 48(May 22)
About a year ago I was talking to the chief sustainability officer at the University of Utah about my work as a librarian, and she made a surprising suggestion: ``Why don't you come work with us for a while?''
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2019). Sustainability: On a mission. Library Journal, 144(3), 16
The article offers advice for librarians on how to adopt sustainability as a core value. Particular focus is given to the reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has found that the immediate consequences of climate change are more dire than originally predicted. Additional topics discussed include making sustainability an inherent element in library school curricula and the deadly wildfire season in California in 2018.
In 2007, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library kicked off a conference series with the main theme of `Academic Librarian.' In 2016, the fourth conference of the series entitled Academic Librarian 4: Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond was co-organized by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. The Academic Librarian 4 Conference addresses the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability pertaining to academic libraries under four major themes: (1) Sustainable Environment; (2) Sustainable Resources; (3) Sustainable Technologies; and (4) Sustainable Services. Apart from reviewing the key issues concerning the sustainability of academic libraries brought up by the conference papers, the author also highlights the way in which the Academic Librarian 4 Conference made every effort to make this a sustainable library event.
Missingham, Roxanne (2020). Sustainable Development Goals: Insights from research libraries. International Journal of Librarianship, 5(2), 13-25. DOI: 10.23974/ijol.2020.vol5.2.167
Research libraries have provided a key to unlocking the knowledge of the centuries. The nature of their stewardship of knowledge has led to a focus on understanding the value and sustainability in terms of collections. The extraordinarily rich collections have made a great contribution to education and to the communities they serve. A new theory of change which underpins the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG s) highlights the contribution that activities can make to improve national and international economic, social, community and governmental health. This article analyses the nature of major research library activities in light of the SDGs methodology. Taking this broad framework to the work of International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) libraries provides new insights into the value and broader contribution of those libraries. The indicators assessed in the framework specifically relate to the outcomes of education and information within the societies they service. The case study suggests that the libraries make a significant and deep contribution both to the current national environments as well as in creating a framework for future returns on the investment to their universities.
Tans, Eric D. (2017). Sustainable academic libraries: A campus partnership at Michigan State University. In Leal Filho, Walter; Mifsud, Mark; Shiel, Chris; Pretorius, Rudi (Hrsg.), Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education (S. 89-100). Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47895-1_6
Ma, Leo F.H. (2019). Sustainable academic libraries: The Experience of organizing a sustainable conference: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library kicked off a series of conference with the main theme on ‘Academic Librarian’ since 2007. In 2016, the fourth conference of the series entitled Academic Librarian 4: Sustainable Academic Libraries: Now and Beyond was co-organized by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. The Academic Librarian 4 Conference addresses the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability pertaining to academic libraries under four major themes: (1) Sustainable Environment; (2) Sustainable Resources; (3) Sustainable Technologies; and (4) Sustainable Services. Apart from reviewing the key issues concerning the sustainability of academic libraries brought up by the conference papers, the author also highlights the way in which the Academic Librarian 4 Conference tried every effort to make this a sustainable library event.
Cardoso, Nathalice Bezerra; Machade, Elisa Campos (2015). Sustainable and green libraries in Brazil: Guidelines for local governments: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2015, Cape Town, South Africa.
Brazil, a world leader in natural resources, has been taking measures in order to guarantee an effective implementation of public policies, as well as effective environmental and educational management in its practices and services by aiming at environmental sustainability. However, regarding the Library Science field, specially the sector of Public Libraries, the roles and responsibilities of these institutions and librarians are little discussed in this scenario. This paper assumes that public libraries are institutions supported by the government, therefore they should be the first institutions to incorporate principles of sustainability and turn themselves into models of green cultural facilities in the country. This work presents a brief scenario of Brazilian public libraries, especially the Biblioteca Parque do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, the only facility of its kind that has achieved the Gold LEED Environmental Certificate. It also discusses the Ministry of Environment's Sala Verde project, which offers a collection of environmental books which aim at fostering the development of green rooms and their patrimony for environmental education and sustainability in Brazilian libraries. This study also suggests national guidelines for the implementation of public policies for green and sustainable libraries in the country. The objective is to stimulate such implementation in local and state governments.
Sahavirta, Harri (2012). Sustainable development in libraries through the survey. In Sonkkanen, Leila; Asikainen, Minna; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Green@library (S. 29-30).
Nolin, Jan (2010). Sustainable information and information science. Information Research, 15(2), 1-17
Introduction. Research linking sustainable development and information science has been sparse. In addition, while the United Nations early on recognized the importance of information for sustainable development, there has been very little progress in linking sustainable development with information related issues, such as information and communication technologies. A basic problem is the difficulty in connecting highly flexible concepts such as information andinformation society to the complex concept of sustainable development. Method. This paper reviews the development of the concept of sustainable development, discusses various failures connecting it to information as a strategic resource and attempts an articulation of the concept of sustainable information, building on sustainable development. Conclusions. Sustainable information is seen to consist of two distinct parts: information for sustainable development (seen as a resource for the project of sustainable development) and development of sustainable information (creating sustainable information and communication technologies). It is argued that an articulation of sustainable information is important for information science and neighbouring research disciplines. The paper concludes with suggestions on integrating concepts of sustainable information into educational programmes for information professionals. Specific emphasis is placed on sustainable information as an area to be developed within information ethics.
The article concerns a new libraries development strategy, which means taking account of the sustainable development concept in which the main emphasis is put on minimizing the negative influence on the natural environment, social and intergeneration justice. This organization activity concept plays more and more essential role nowadays, when there is growing natural environment devastation, social and economic anxiety and social stratification. The libraries have been interested in the idea of sustainable development since the 1990s. In the article, the sustainable library idea was presented as well as some selected examples of sustainable libraries, the appropriate tools for measuring these types of institutions and the prospects of their development.
Karioja, Elina; Niemitalo, Jorma (2013). Sustainable libraries: A pilot survey of international delegates attending the IFLA World Library and Information Conference 2012 and comparison with the Finnish national survey. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 137–150). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2299
This study aims to investigate sustainability awareness in libraries and compare the results between foreign and Finnish libraries. The study employed a descriptive survey method supported by a questionnaire. The survey was conducted at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki in August 2012 and it is a part of a Finnish national project “Sustainable development in libraries”. The Finnish-language questionnaire for public libraries was conducted in February 2012. The questionnaire was divided into five sections: environmental management, environmental economy, reduction of environmental burden, increase in environmental awareness and environmental communication. There were 141 respondents to the Finnish survey but disappointingly only 28 people answered the international survey. This statistically is not significant but the study gives some sense of the potential for investigating international opinion at a major conference such as IFLA. The study showed that there is much room for improvement in sustainability of libraries. Environmental communication seems to be the area that most needs improvement and the reduction of environmental burden is where libraries appear to be performing well. Significant differences were not noticed between Finnish and other libraries although it is not possible to draw definitive conclusions from such a small sample. Further research and more significant comparative studies on sustainability in libraries, in particular on social and economic sustainability, are required. Diese Studie untersucht das Bewusstsein für Nachhaltigkeit in Bibliotheken und vergleicht die Ergebnisse anderer Länder mit denen Finnlands. Die Studie wendet die Methode einer beschreibenden Untersuchung an, gestützt durch eine Umfrage. Die Untersuchung wurde während des IFLA World Library and Information Congress im August 2012 in Helsinki durchgeführt und ist Teil eines finnischen nationalen Projektes “Sustainable development in libraries”. Die Umfrage in finnischer Sprache wurde im Februar 2012 unter öffentlichen Bibliotheken durchgeführt und bestand aus fünf Abschnitten: Umwelt- management, Umweltökonomie, Reduktion der Umweltbelastung, Zunahme des Umweltbewusstseins und der umweltbezogenen Kommunikation. Es gingen 141 Antworten von finnischen Bibliotheken ein, aber enttäuschenderweise beantworteten nur 28 anwesende Bibliothekare den internationalen Fragebogen. Die Studie zeigt, dass zur Verbesserung der Nachhaltigkeit in Bibliotheken noch viel getan werden kann. Sowohl auf dem Gebiet der Kommunikation als auch bei der Reduzierung der Umweltbelastung scheinen Bibliotheken gut aufgestellt. Signifikante Unterschiede zwischen finnischen und anderen Bibliotheken wurden nicht festgestellt. Weitere Forschungen zur Nachhaltigkeit in Bibliotheken sind erforderlich, besonders hinsichtlich sozialer und ökonomischer Nachhaltigkeit.
Boyden, Lynn; Weiner, James (2000). Sustainable libraries: teaching environmental responsibility to communities. The Bottom Line, 13(2), 74-83. DOI: 10.1108/08880450010327699
Afacan, Yasemin (2017). Sustainable library buildings: Green design needs and interior architecture students' ideas for special collection rooms. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(5), 375-383. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.002
Alberts, Samantha Jane (2012). Sustainable library design: A case study of library construction on the East end of Long Island, N.Y. from 2007 to 2009. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 55-65). Library Juice Press
Office of Overseas Programming & Training Support (2012). Sustainable library development: Training package.
The Sustainable Library Development Training Package supports Peace Corps’ Focus In/Train Up strategy, which was implemented following the 2010 Comprehensive Agency Assessment. Sustainable Library Development is a technical training package in Peace Corps programming within the Education sector. The training package addresses the Volunteer competency, “Facilitate improved teaching and learning skills and practices.”The purpose of the Sustainable Library Development Training Package is to support and provide guidance to Peace Corps Volunteers engaged in library projects as both primary work assignments and secondary project activities. The training package is intended to strengthen the work of Volunteers in partnership with their communities and to help Peace Corps better demonstrate its impact.
Ghorbani, Mahboubeh; Babalhavaeji, Fahimeh; Nooshinfard, Fatemeh (2016). Sustainable management requirements in libraries of Iran: A framework on grounded theory. Libri: International Journal of Libraries & Information Services, 66(3), 213-222. DOI: 10.1515/libri-2016-0022
With the implementation of sustainable management, libraries move towards sustainability and are converted into green libraries. The present study aimed to propose a model for sustainable management in Iranian libraries. This research was a qualitative and applied study. In order to obtain the required data and information, deep and semi-structured interviews with twelve experts in the fields of information and knowledge science and sustainable development were used. The interviewees were selected by a purposeful sampling method. For data analysis using grounded theory methodology, the topics raised by interviewees were coded and categorized in three steps. Fifty-five concepts from the coding stage were classified into six subcategories. In the final paradigm of sustainable management, these subcategories were classified into context, intervening and causal conditions, strategies, and consequences, which act in relation to the main category of sustainable management in order to establish a green library. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Manna, Dibyendu; Chakraborty, Susmita (2019). Sustainable strategies for making green image in University Libraries in Seven-Sister States, India: A study: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The study deals with the University Libraries in North-East Indian states (seven-sister states). The problem of the study is to find how far University Libraries in the area are practising environment safety measures to keep a green environment in the library interior and exterior premises. Study population is eight Central University Libraries and six State University Libraries in North-East India. Survey is done through a structured questionnaire based on IFLA green library guidelines as available in the book- The Green Library: the challenge of environmental sustainability edited by Petra Hauke, Karen Latimer and Klaus Ulrich Werner. The study finds some initiatives taken by these university libraries towards environmental sustainability.
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