Star Library Network (2022). Our planet: EARTH: Take action for a sustainable world!
In January 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members adopted “sustainability” as a core value of librarianship. To be truly sustainable, a community must embody practices that are environmentally sound AND economically feasible AND socially equitable. Click here for the details on this resolution. STAR Net‘s Our Planet: EARTH campaign focuses on earth citizen science opportunities and resources to coincide with Earth Day, Citizen Science Month and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. STAR Net and its partners are reaching out to libraries across the U.S. to encourage their patrons to participate in Earth-related Citizen Science activities that they can safely do, both in and outside of their homes.
Brand, Rebecca; Cornell, Emily; Cunningham, Chris; Johnston, Pamela; Keshmiripour, Seti (2019). Out of the oven and into the (reusable) bag: Sous-vide book delivery. In Pun, Raymond; Shaffer, Gary L. (Hrsg.), The sustainable library's cookbook (S. 10-12). Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
Since 2012, the Access Services Department at the University of North Texas has provided a Faculty Delivery Service to deliver books to faculty offices. As demand grows for this popular service, the Document Delivery team has recognized the need for more sustainable practices. The ``It's in the Bag'' pilot project was proposed to replace nonrecyclable, nonreusable plastic poly-mailers with environmentally friendly courier bags. The reusable courier bags were selected to provide sustainability and convenience while protecting faculty privacy and library materials.
O'Neill, Terence; Perentesis, Stephanie C.; Tans, Eric (2020). Paint it green: Planning with the Sustainability Canvas. American Libraries, 51(April 30)
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. Want to establish sustainability programming for your library, but wonder where to start? We developed the Sustainability Canvas, a simple planning tool for designing green projects, and have used it successfully in Michigan State University's (MSU) Main Library in East Lansing.
Fisher, Jack R.; Yontz, Elaine (2007). Paper recycling and academic libraries. Georgia Library Quarterly, 44(1), 9-13
Academic libraries, as centers for print materials for their campuses, have much to offer to paper recycling activities. A successful paper recycling program can enhance the morale of the library staff, reduce waste handling fees for the institution and strengthen the relationship between the library and other units in the campus community. Paper recycling is a fitting endeavor for an academic library. A literature review and a feasibility study revealed that the benefits can include reduced costs to the university, librarians' involvement in a cooperative campus-wide project and improved staff morale throughout the library.
Calloway, Michele; Callahan, Daren (2003). Paper use and recycling in academic libraries. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 4(2-3)
As more government agencies mandate waste reduction for public institutions, awareness of the magnitude and extent of the environmental impact perpetrated by university communities has grown considerably. For example, the University of Buffalo equates the environmental impact of its campus to that textquotedblof a modest size city.textquotedbl (UB Green) In addition to government mandate many grassroots organizations have increased public awareness and concern about the environment. In October 1990, 22 presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of universities from all over the world met in Talloires, France, to discuss the role of universities in environmental management and sustainable development. Together they composed the Talloires Declaration (http://www.ulsf.org/programs\_talloires\_td.html), a document that contains a plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy into teaching, research, operations and outreach. Today, this document has been signed by more than 300 colleges and universities in over 40 countries. (ULSF July 2003). Signatories are divided equally among low, middle, and high-income countries and represent large and small public and private colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, and research centers.
Dankowski, Terra (2021). Partners for progress: Libraries form external collaborations for social, economic, and ecological sustainability. American Libraries, 52(January 23)
How do we build more resilient communities? It’s a question that Matthew Stinchcomb, cofounder of the Lifeboats HV initiative and keynote speaker at the American Library Association’s 2021 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Virtual on-demand session “Resilience: How Libraries Can Partner to Reshape the Future,” thinks about often. “If you look at the data on climate change and ecological destruction, there’s no doubt that it’s pretty dire. Continuing on our current path is untenable for humans and all living beings,” he said. “The current pandemic is showing just how irresilient many of our communities are and just how much inequity there is in our current economic system.” Stinchcomb thinks the answer lies in lifeboats, the concept after which his Hudson Valley, New York–based, resilience-building initiative is named.
Jones, David (2006). People places revisted: Guidelines for public library buildings. APLIS, 19(1), 5-12
The first edition of 'People places: a guide for public library buildings in New South Wales' was prepared by consultants Heather Nesbitt in association with Bligh Voller Nield, endorsed by the Library Council of NSW and issued in 2000. Since then it has been applied to many public library projects in NSW and elsewhere. A second edition, also prepared by Heather Nesbitt and Bligh Voller Nield after extensive consultation with the NSW Public Library Network, was published in November 2005. There are complementary case studies of six post 'People places' public library buildings on the State Library of NSW website. Some of the issues which have prompted changes, including colocation, ecologically sustainable development, safety and security and social capital, are discussed, together with the method of assessing library space requirements. This article is based on a paper presented at the inaugural Public Libraries Australia conference in Albury 9-11 November 2005. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of APLIS is the property of Auslib Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Schöpfel, Joachim (2016). Performance écologique des bibliothèques. Lectures, 194(janvier-février), 50-53
Joosten, Andrea (2022). Pilotprojekt CO2 Rechner für die Kultur - eine Stadtbücherei inmitten von Museen und Theatern. 027.7 Zeitschrift für Bibliothekskultur / Journal for Library Culture, 9(3). DOI: 10.21428/1bfadeb6.67c9351c
Dass Kohlendioxid das Klima verändert, ist hinlänglich bekannt. Das unauffällige Gas gelangt in die Atmosphäre, wenn wir zur Arbeit fahren, im Büro das Licht anschalten oder die Heizung aufdrehen, obwohl oder gerade weil wir wegen der Pandemie ständig lüften müssen. Damit verstärken wir den Treibhauseffekt, der die Erde immer mehr aufheizt. Aber wieviel Kohlendioxid produziert eigentlich eine Bibliothek? Für den privaten CO2-Verbrauch gibt es Rechner im Internet, in die man seine Daten eingeben kann. Im Kulturbereich ist das Thema in Deutschland völlig neu. Doch wenn der Staat sein Klimaziel erreichen und den Ausstoß von CO2 bis 2030 um 65% reduzieren will, muss jede Branche ihren Part dazu beitragen. Dabei muss eine Reduktion nicht unbedingt Verzicht bedeuten. Ein Umdenken ist angesagt. Das Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit in Kultur und Medien hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, die verschiedenen Player spartenübergreifend zusammenzubringen und nachhaltige Erfahren zu sammeln. Dazu arbeitet es mit zahlreichen Partnern zusammen und wird von der Bundesbeauftragten für Kultur und Medien (BKM) gefördert. Am 11. Mai 2021 wurde im Rahmen eines Pilotprojekts ein Rechner zur Ermittlung des CO2-Fußabdrucks von Kulturinstitutionen basierend auf dem Creative Green Tool von Julie's Bicycle aus Großbritannien vorgestellt. In einer geschlossenen Pilotphase können 18 ausgewählte Institutionen aus NRW bis März 2022 diesen Rechner testen. Als einzige Bibliothek nimmt die Stadtbücherei Emmerich am Rhein an diesem Projekt teil. Der Beitrag berichtet von den ersten Erfahrungen und den Ergebnissen und Folgen dieses Pilotprojekts. English: It is well known that carbon dioxide changes the climate. The inconspicuous gas enters the atmosphere when we drive to work, switch on the light in the office or turn up the heating, although or precisely because we have to ventilate constantly because of the pandemic. In this way, we suitable he greenhouse effect, which heats up the earth more and more.But how much carbon dioxide does a library actually produce? For private CO2 consumption, there are calculators on the internet where you can enter your data. In the cultural sector~the topic is completely new in Germany. But if the state wants to achieve its climate goal and reduce CO2 emissions by 65% by 2030, every sector must do its part. Reduction does not necessarily have to mean omission. A rethinking is called for.The Aktionsnetzwerk Nachhaltigkeit in Kultur und Medien (Action Network Sustainability in Culture and Media) has set itself the tasks of bringing together the various players across sectors and collecting sustainable experiences. Furthermore, it works with numerous partners and is funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).On 11 May 2021, a calculator for determining the carbon footprint of cultural institutions based on the Creative Green Tool from Julie's Bicycle in the UK was introduced as part of a pilot project. In a closed pilot phase, 18 selected institutions from NRW can test this calculator until March 2022. The municipal library of Emmerich am Rhein is the only library participating in this project. The article reports on the first experiences and the results and environmental impact~of this pilot project.
Oyelude, Adetoun A. (2018). Placemaking and technology as tools for greening libraries. Library Hi Tech News, 35(10), 9-11. DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2018-0061
Tariq, Muhammad Sharjil; Khalid, Ayesha (2023). Placing Green IT awareness and practices among universities' librarians: A NAT perspective. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(5), 102770. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102770
This study aimed to measure the level of green computing (GC) awareness and adoption among university librarians. Norm-Activation Theory (NAT) was employed to define the relationship between librarians' intention and pro-environmental GC adoption within library settings. A quantitative research design was employed with a questionnaire. Convenience sampling was utilized, resulting in a total of 132 usable responses that were analyzed by SEM. The findings provide important preliminary insights into understanding the most significant factors that determined librarians' intentions towards GC acceptance. The model of GC adoption explained factors that encourage individual librarians to adopt GC practices for environmental sustainability. The PLS-SEM results revealed that the association between awareness of consequences and personal norms was the strongest, with personal norms being the most influential determinant of GC adoption. Notably, library environmental concerns had no significant effect on GC. Moreover, a salient role for personal norms in predicting GC emerged. The study's results support the proposed theoretical framework, including the associations among the study variables. Importantly, both public and private sector librarians indicate the absence of a written policy regarding computing equipment in their libraries. Library associations should strengthen the saliency of librarians' personal norms and raise awareness of IT environmental problems and libraries roles. Generally, respondents acknowledged their awareness of e-waste. The results demonstrated that the majority of respondents believed that practicing GC could lead to cost savings for their respective institutions. However, the majority do not consider that GC practices could help reduce local ecological damage; cost savings are their main concern. Policymakers can implement new technologies to reduce environmental problems by improving computing performance.
Pun, Priscilla; Hauke, Petra (2022). Planning and developing green and sustainable libraries with the IFLA ENSULIB Section. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(1), 9-10
The IFLA Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB) has recently published an updated definition of a ``green library''. The concept of ``green library'' has been discussed since the 1990s. Since then, libraries have been undertaking various activities to minimize the negative human impact on the natural environment, and a green library is associated with the concept of a sustainable library working toward this aim.
Hopper, Lyn (2013). Planning to thrive: Sustainable public libraries. Public Libraries Online, June 20
Public libraries are at a critical juncture; usage is up while funding is down. Library leaders cannot afford to be complacent; we must adapt traditional tools and employ fresh thinking, new skills, discipline, and hard work. Ensuring the sustainability of public libraries should include attention to strategic planning, community building, and advocacy. It has become clear that neither public goodwill toward libraries nor libraries delivering excellent services will guarantee adequate support and funding---we need to find new ways to ensure that public libraries will survive and thrive in the future.
Das Projekt „Plastiktaschen RAUS – Stofftaschen REIN“ ist ein Umweltprojekt des Jugendteams der Walserbibliothek Raggal in Zusammenarbeit mit den Walserbibliotheken, dem e5-energieteam großes walsertal und der REGIO Großes Walsertal. Das Jugendteam der Walserbibliothek Raggal verfügt über ausgebildete Klimabotschafter (plant for the planet) und möchte mit diesem Projekt versuchen, Plastiktaschen in den Geschäften im Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal durch Taschen aus umweltschonenden Materialien wie aus Altkleidern oder Altstoffen zu ersetzen.
Hauke, Petra (2018). Plattform für gesellschaftliche Teilhabe und Integration: Zur Profilbildung der Öffentlichen Bibliothek. Rezension. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 70(8/9), 500-501
Müller, Christiane: Bücher leihen, Ideen teilen – Bücher in der Sharing Economy. Berlin: Simon Verlag für Bibliothekswissen, 2017. (Rezension)
Wagner, Janet (2022). Pop-(F)Up-Gardening: Himbeeren, Erdbeeren und frische Kräuter zum Mitnehmen! Biblioblog
Vor einigen Gebäuden der Bibliotheken (der Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin) stehen seit Kurzem unübersehbare Mini-Beete zusammen mit Zinkeimern, kleinen Insektenhotels und Vogeltränken. Auf dem Weg von oder zur Arbeit, zur Vorlesung oder zum Bibliotheksbesuch fällt es sofort ins Auge.
Shane, Jackie (2012). Positioning your library for solar (and financial) gain. Improving energy efficiency, lighting, and ventilation with primarily passive techniques. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 38(2), 115-122. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2012.01.004
This article stresses the importance of building design above technology as a relatively inexpensive way to reduce energy costs for a library. Emphasis is placed on passive solar design for heat and daylighting, but also examines passive ventilation and cooling, green roofs, and building materials. Passive design is weighed against technologies that actively capture renewable energy. Best practice examples include new construction and retrofits. Active technologies for capturing renewable energies, such as photovoltaic panels, can be employed when passive solutions are not realistic due to limitations resulting from site selection. Building or remodeling an environmentally sustainable building is more costly than a conventional equivalent, but long-term savings in energy and maintenance can more than compensate for the initial investment. Passive solar heat is particularly compatible with library functionality because it invites natural light into living spaces and eliminates noise that would otherwise exist with forced-air HVAC systems. Practical suggestions for subtle improvements to existing buildings are offered in addition to more ambitious construction projects.
Schöpfel, Joachim; Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Chérifa (2014). Pour un changement de paradigme. In Schöpfel, Joachim; Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Chérifa (Hrsg.), Vers la bibliothèque globale (S. 11-14). Éd. du Cercle de la Librairie
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2020). Power to the People | Sustainability. Library Journal, 145(Dec 10)
As we think through the lessons we have learned over the past four years, one thing is quite clear: the way ``we've always done things'' is not sustainable for the well-being of our communities. We need to seek out those patterns that are emerging to systemically change the policy landscape of our society, economy and the environment and respect that leadership may look different in the coming years.
Jankowska, Maria A. (2010). Practicing sustainable environmental solutions: A call for green policy in academic libraries. Against the Grain, 22(6), 30-34. DOI: 10.7771/2380-176X.5690
Using the Web and social networking tools, librarians have created green blogs, wikis, newsletters, and an open-access journal devoted to ecological issues. They share environmentally friendly practices, exchange ideas on sustainable environmental solutions, and participate in disseminating scholarly environmental information. The popularity of these resources is demonstrated by their impressive online access statistics, indicating the high level of interest in sustainable practices and new ideas on greening libraries. The creation of institutional green policy needs to be integrated into libraries' collection policies, services to the public, operation of the buildings, licenses with vendors and publishers, preservation and digitalization policies, and purchase of equipment and products. This is why an objective assessment of sustainable environmental practices is needed in order to concentrate on those practices that support broader goals of human, social, and economic library sustainability and promote the future sustainable growth of 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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