Jadefrid, Mauritza; Lennartsson, Joakim; Kleinhenz, Christian; Blomberg, Mats (2016). Searching for sustainability - a blended course in how to search interdisciplinary. Paper presented at the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
This paper presents the information-seeking course Searching for sustainability. The course was created to help students to become efficient users of information literacy skills needed within the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development. Objectives Our primary objective was to create a blended learning course focused on how to search interdisciplinary. The aim was to turn attention from the subject content to the more reflective dimensions of information seeking, e.g. encouraging collaboration and discussions about the search process. The course In spring 2013, teaching librarians at the Gothenburg University Library started developing a course in sustainability with a new pedagogical approach. We were asked to teach a group of undergraduate students, at The Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law how to search for interdisciplinary material in general, and material on sustainable development in particular. The course is unique in a number of ways, not only in the way we teach information literacy but also the content of the course. The course is flipped and the students are expected to complete a web-based part of the course before they meet us face-to-face. This approach enables us to focus our, perpetually scarce, time with the students on deeper knowledge and discussions rather than just transferring generic information seeking skills. Results and conclusion We have given this course at several occasions, and our experiences have so far been positive. It seems clear that the blended learning approach has a lot of positive consequences and can enable teachers to make better use of the face-to face time. We are now offering Searching for Sustainability to all faculties at the University of Gothenburg. The course is flexible and can be adapted to suit different programmes and students.
Seed Library Network (2021). Seed Libraries
A seed library is a place where community members can get seeds for free or for a nominal fee and is run for the public benefit. Many seed libraries are open in public libraries and community centers. For some communities, getting folks to garden and grow some of their own food is the focus. For other communities, seed libraries may be created as an important step to develop a network of seed savers, to create locally adapted varieties, to respond proactively to climate change or loss of gene integrity due to GMOs or to preserve genetic diversity. Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years. Rejoin the ritual and start to save seed and share the abundance in your community. This website features free resources on how to start a library, how to connect with others who have started libraries and offers resources and insight into how to maintain a library once started.
Conner, Cindy (2015). Seed libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers. ISBN: 9780865717824
Sahavirta, Harri (2019). Set the wheels in motion – clarifying “green library” as a Goal for Action: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
In leadership literature, it is commonly assumed a simple action model in which action follows if the goal is clear, understood and accepted. Thus, the leader has only to clarify the goal, ensure resources and remove hindrances for the action. However, there is no action without a decision to act and rational decision-making requires that the person in question have all the relevant information. Sustainability as a goal may be appreciated but it is a vague one and information on sustainability is often uncertain. The decision may be harder than expected. In addition, our actions must conform to the situation, which consist in a network of agents and competing interests and goals. In this paper, the focus is on the clarification of the goal: the concept of green library. It commonly assumed that the green libraries are green buildings, which fulfil the LEED criteria and have some sustainable routines, like recycling and sorting waste. This means that librarians as information professionals have little to do with environmental sustainability; it is architects and engineers who design green buildings. Therefore, the definition of green library should be broadened to include green librarianship and information services. The evaluation work for IFLA Green Library Award has suggested some new criteria, or point of views, which should be taken into account when considering green libraries.
Ozanne, Lucie K.; Ballantine, Paul W. (2010). Sharing as a form of anti-consumption? An examination of toy library users. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 9(6), 485-498. DOI: 10.1002/cb.334
While the literature on anti--consumption is rich and growing, there is still a lack of understanding among consumer researchers regarding why consumers choose to avoid consumption. This study seeks to extend the literature by exploring whether a group of consumers who reduce consumption through choosing to share rather than own are motivated by anti--consumption reasons. The authors use quantitative data from 397 toy library members to explore why members choose to participate in this form of sharing. The study reveals four groups -- Socialites, Market Avoiders, Quiet Anti--Consumers and Passive Members. The Socialites enjoy the social benefits of active participation in their library. The Market Avoiders also perceived social and community benefits, are interested in sharing and are the least materialistic of the groups. The Quiet Anti--Consumers feel a sense of belonging to their toy library and hold strong anti--consumption, frugality and sharing values. The Passive Members are not socially involved, nor did they hold strong anti--consumption values. Thus, the authors find evidence that sharing may be one possible alternative market structure that may be adopted by anti--consumption consumers.
Vallila Library is a medium sized public library and belongs to the Helsinki City Library. It was the first public institution to seek and receive the EcoCompass environmental label (2011). We created our own environmental strategies and policies, and reviewed such activities as recirculation and recycling. However, we could not decide alone on what kind of greener actions should be adopted; we are not independent actors. It was not always clear what kind of actions should be taken and what to measure. The greatest challenge was nobody had spelled out the concept of `green library': we were forced to view the issue on a broader scale. It seemed that the best option was to show others the road to becoming green(er). Our commitment to environmental responsibility shows that we consider green values to be important. We offer easy access to information on ecological issues and arrange events that focus on environmental issues. We have to tell the world (and decision makers) that libraries are responsible actors and promote environmental sustainability. Commitment to green values may increase environmental sustainability and help libraries to take a new and visible role in changing society.
Kerico, Juliet; Munro, Karen (2009). Six steps to greening your ACRL 14th National Conference experience. College & Research Libraries News, 70(2), 100-101. DOI: 10.5860/crln.70.2.8127
The article provides methods on how to promote sustainable practices at the ACRL 14th National Conference. It includes practicing the Green Pledge which calls for sustainability such as recycling paper handouts and the conference badge holder. Green giveaways such as a bag made of 51% recycled fabric and a corn plastic mug will also encourage participants to practice green initiatives.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2012). Small library, big impact. Library Journal, Library by Design, Fall 2012, 10-11
This article discusses the design of the Valatie Free Library in rural New York, which incorporates alternative energy sources to allow the library to achieve net-zero energy status. Topics include the involvement of architect David Bienn, the library's feature at the Rio+20 United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, and the incorporation of design materials utilized in the rebuilding of New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Bürki, Reine (2022). Social and environmental responsibility: What skills for library professionals? (France). IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(1), 14
Enssib is the French National Library and Information Sciences School. Based in Lyon, it trains current and future library managers, through initial and lifelong learning, and delivers university degrees in library and information sciences. On May 12, 2022, Enssib organized ``Le Printemps des métiers'', a new annual event covering the evolution of professions and skills. This 2022 edition was devoted to the skills induced by the challenges of sustainable development and social responsibility in libraries.
Wong, Patricia M. (2021). Solidarity on sustainability: The climate crisis requires we act and adapt now to avoid disaster. American Libraries, 52(November 1)
In early August, a major new scientific report concluded that when it comes to global warming, it may be too late to change course. Libraries have important roles to play in preparing our communities for the impact of climate change, and we must pledge to center sustainability in our operational practices.
Breidlid, Jacqueline (2022). Spotlight on Green Library education in Germany. Libraries and Sustainability online-seminar series: German Libraries Association (dbv). IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(1), 19
On 30 March 2022 the dbv started a series of online lectures on ``libraries and sustainability''. The lectures take place approximately every two months in the year 2022 and will focus on the following three topics: • Environmental sustainability in libraries • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) through libraries • Sustainability in (cultural) politics.
Sonkkanen, Leila (2012). State of ecological sustainability in libraries. In Sonkkanen, Leila; Asikainen, Minna; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Green@library (S. 4-9).
Pötsönen, Ulla; Sonkkanen, Leila; Sahavirta, Harri (2020). Steppingstones to more sustainable public libraries in Finland. International Journal of Librarianship, 5(2), 73-78. DOI: 10.23974/ijol.2020.vol5.2.179
Public libraries in Finland have a strong history of cooperating and networking. Implementing SDGs and steering the action toward sustainability, however, has been so far carried out mainly out by individual libraries. A larger consensus or common guidelines are still missing, be it designing a new building, customer design thinking or rearranging internal workflows. This is to be changed, hopefully serving as an example to readers´ communities. The report presented current cases and current best practices on initiatives and concentrated on finding a broader common ground on sustainability work. Helsinki City Library will act as a nationwide accelerator and common voice promoting the step marks toward greener libraries. A nationwide expert network and community of practice is to be established as well. As one example of the development, the tight cooperation between public libraries and basic education in Finnish society will be discussed. For historical reasons public libraries operate to a large extent as school libraries, so the task of supporting curriculum on sustainability topics is a major task for public libraries as well. What does the future of this collaboration and its possibilities look like?
Brandt, Susanne (2022). Stimmen zum Klima: Digital-analoges Ausstellungskonzept der Büchereizentrale Schleswig-Holstein mit Kooperationspartnern. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 74(4), 182-183
Mit den »Erzählwegen« hat die Büchereizentrale Schleswig-Holstein in der Corona-Zeit ein flexibles Ausstellungsformat entwickelt, das eine Auseinandersetzung mit wechselnden Themen in Zusammenarbeit mit verschiedenen Kooperationspartnern erlaubt. Dass dabei auch das Thema »Klima« für viele ganz obenan steht, ist nicht überraschend: Seit Herbst 2020 werden in Schleswig-Holstein regelmäßig am »Runden Tisch Grüne Bibliotheken« Fragen zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung diskutiert und neue Vorhaben dazu gemeinsam auf den Weg gebracht. Das Portal »Zukunftsbibliotheken-sh« bündelt die Ideen und Pläne aus diesem Netzwerk für die Teilnehmenden wie auch für eine breitere Öffentlichkeit.
Sparks, Kellie (2017). Strengthening the voice for sustainability: How academic librarians can share resources with stakeholders. American Libraries, 48(May 31)
Academic librarians have a notable opportunity to take the lead in ensuring reliable information enters the hands of community members, including leaders and activists. One area for improvement is the topic of sustainability---an issue not just for those interested or working in the sciences, but one for every living, breathing being.
Ambriz, Lorely (2020). Stronger together: Libraries focus on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
As I’ve spent more time working with OCLC’s Global and Regional Councils, I’ve come to an agreeable realization that’s maybe a bit of a paradox. The wider our professional networks become, the more likely we’ll find faraway colleagues whose local solutions fit our situations. Sometimes the best answers don’t come from next door, but from across the globe.
YT, Liao; SG, Chern (2016). Survey on the use of green concepts in building the Green Library in Beitou: An analysis of the Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch. Journal of Tourism & Hospitality, 5(1). DOI: 10.4172/2167-0269.1000192
Since the Executive Yuan in Taiwan established the Council for Sustainable Development in 1996, green building policies have become the focal point of domestic construction industries in pursuing sustainable development. The Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan also began promoting the green building labeling system in 1999 and pioneered the demonstration of the concept by using public buildings to facilitate the comprehensive development of green buildings. Presently, private buildings are not strictly regulated; a mechanism for the use, management, and maintenance of public green buildings. Based on the andysis of the Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch, a mechanism for the use, management, and maintenance of public green building is proposed in this paper.
NYLA New York Library Association (2020). Sustainability Initiative: Sustainable, resilient, regenerative: A Strategy for the future of New York's libraries
NYLA's Sustainability Initiative provides New York's library leaders with time and resources to articulate how libraries adapt to our changing world while, as co-creators, shape strategies that ensure libraries remain vital, rebound from disruption, and provide on-going value to the communities they serve.
ALA American Library Association (2019). Sustainability Round Table
Romero, Sally (2020). Sustainability and academic libraries: Meeting the mission with speakers, clothing swaps, and green supplies. American Libraries, 51(April 22)
o 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. As academic libraries evolve to contribute to institutional missions and visions, librarians are transforming out of their ``regular'' roles to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff in achieving goals such as sustainability. But how can academic libraries help with this integral commitment?
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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