McCarty, Kate (2022). Hands-on canning workshop: The basics of pickling. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 37-44). ALA Editions
Come learn the process of making your own pickled vegetables and preserving them for year-round enjoyment through canning. This hands-on food preservation workshop taught by UMaine Extension volunteers and staff will teach you the basic steps for pickling vegetables and for canning using the boiling water bath process. Learn the basics such as preserving equipment, recommended recipes, and specialty ingredients. Enjoy the satisfaction and great flavor that come from pickling fresh vegetables. Participants will make a batch of pickles, learn the steps in canning, and each take home a jar of pickles.
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.
Furbee, Bill (2024). Hot topic: Patrons check out induction cooktops. American Libraries, 55(January 2)
When the existing gas range in his home began to malfunction, Brian Bunk (lecturer at University of Massachusetts Amherst) considered replacing it with an induction stove. That decision, he says, was due in part to concerns about indoor air quality and a desire to switch to a more environmentally friendly appliance. Bunk was able to test this technology through a new program at Forbes Library (FL) in Northampton, Massachusetts. In February 2023, the library began lending induction cooktops for cardholders to try at home. Librarians agree that the accessories and educational materials allow patrons to get the most out of testing this cooking method. Sunnyvale (Calif.) Public Library (SPL), for instance, has already had nearly 300 checkouts of its induction cooktops since the beginning of the program in March 2021.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2012). How a small net-zero energy library got the world's attention. Library Journal, Library by Design, Sep 18
The Valatie Free Library is a small library with plans to make a big difference. The threshold for defining a ``small library'' in the United States, according to LJ's Best Small Library in America Award, is a library serving fewer than 25,000 people. The Valatie Free Library serves just over 4300 people and currently does so in a 750 square foot library building. Now that's small! Yet this small library, in rural New York, had the spotlight on it during Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. The library caught the attention of the UN's Sustainability Initiative, The Future We Want/Rio+20, for its commitment to investing in a new library facility with the goal of attaining near net-zero energy usage.
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.
Bonnet, Vincent; Van Neygen, Veerle Minner (2009). How green is my library? Exploring Sustainability and Libraries in a Global World
This was the topic of the fourth Madurodam Conference which took place in The Hague on Thursday 23 April 2009. The conference organised by the Vereniging van openbare bibliotheken - VOB (Association of Dutch Public Libraries) brought together 50 participants from Western Europe, with the exception of one American, one Canadian and one South African. The study day was divided into two time slots: the morning was devoted to international experiences, in English. The afternoon was reserved for Dutch experiences, presented by Dutch speakers. This article provides an overview of the morning presentations.
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.
Williams-Cockfield, Kaurri C.; Mehra, Bharat (Hrsg.) (2023). How public libraries build sustainable communities in the 21st century. (Advances in librarianship, Vol. 53). United Kingdom: Emerald Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-80382-436-9
Public libraries, through their mission, vision, and position in the community, play a significant part in building community sustainability and are already positioned to serve as a ``backbone support organization'' for collective impact initiatives. However, their efforts are often unrecognized by local governments and other social justice organizations. How Public Libraries Build Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century, through research, case studies, and personal narratives representing both national and international perspectives, examines the capacity of public libraries to impact social change at the community level. The overarching goal is to change the narrative with community stakeholders by presenting illustrative examples of how public libraries are driving community change and how these efforts align with the UN SDGs.
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.
Griffis, Gabrielle (2023). How repair events in libraries can create socially and ecologically compassionate culture and resilient communities. In Williams-Cockfield, Kaurri C.; Mehra, Bharat (Hrsg.), How public libraries build sustainable communities in the 21st century. (Advances in librarianship, Vol. 53) (S. 175-184). Emerald Publishing
This chapter examines how libraries can help create socially and ecologically compassionate culture by hosting repair events. The introduction provides a general overview of repair events, as well as how they fit into the mission of public libraries and support sustainability goals. This chapter explores the impacts of repair events through the lens of the five conditions of collective success, doughnut economics, the right-to-repair movement, education, cultural practices, accessibility, and social infrastructure. The second part of the chapter provides a case study of Wellfleet Public Library on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a library that has successfully implemented repair events. The final section offers an overview and step-by-step guide of how libraries can implement repair programs.
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
White, Kristin (2022). How to make lilac syrup. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 51-54). ALA Editions
What's more sustainable than taking a cutting from a tree and then turning it into something as yummy and unique as a simple syrup? With this program, you will not only draw an audience of people interested in homesteading, but also one of flower gardeners and people looking to try something new. By offering this program, you can also incorporate a trip outdoors to collect lilac blossoms. And the best part about this program is that lilacs are in bloom almost everywhere. It makes for a great spring program and gift-giving idea. Lilacs are easy to identify but don't always last long when cut. One way to preserve their beauty is to make syrup from the petals. This is a cost-effective, unusual program that can easily be adapted to other florals and foraged items.
Gargiulo, Jennifer; Tapia, Celeste (2022). How to make rolled beeswax candles: A family-friendly program to light up your day. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 81-85). ALA Editions
Rolled beeswax candles are an easy and fun way to introduce patrons to sustainable programming. This project can be done in the library but is simple enough that, if necessary or desired, it can be completed 100 percent from home.
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.
Hogg, Angela (2022). How to prepare for raising chickens: Basic facts to raise chicks and chickens. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 143-151). ALA Editions
If you've ever wondered how to begin raising chickens to benefit from their delicious fresh eggs, then you've come to the right place. The first thing to know is that it isn't hard, and the simple facts you need to know to get started can be found right here. In learning about baby chicks and laying chickens, you will understand how to meet their basic needs and also discover the joy that chickens can bring. This chapter will help librarians teach patrons how to prepare for raising their own flock of chickens.
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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