Charney, Madeleine K. (2014). Academic librarians and the sustainability curriculum: Building alliances to support a paradigm shift. Collaborative Librarianship, 6(1), 20-35
Berkeley Electronic Press Selected Works, Sustainability is a fast evolving movement in higher education demonstrated by a proliferation of academic programs and co-curricular initiative and projects. After a review of sustainability-related LibGuides (online resource guides) created by academic librarians, a survey was administered to their developers during the spring of 2011 and posted on library listservs. Librarians returned 112 survey responses which reflected active roles in the paradigm shift toward sustainability through the forging of partnerships across campus and development of teaching resources and events. Telephone interviews conducted with 24 of the respondents showed librarians' wide-ranging personal and professional interest in sustainability, and their initiatives to promote its cause, including creating resources, collections, exhibits and events; library instruction; co-teaching with faculty; serving on sustainability committees, and collaborating with sustainability faculty and staff. A case study of the engagement of University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries with campus sustainability initiatives as well as the author's professional development activities shows that librarians promote sustainability in numerous ways on their campuses and through professional associations. However, both the survey and the interviews suggest that librarians often lack contact or knowledge of work undertaken elsewhere. Moreover, as the needs of students and faculty studying sustainability increase, libraries should appoint librarians with special responsibilities in this field.
Bangani, Siviwe; Dube, Luyanda (2023). Academic libraries and the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals two, three and thirteen. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 17(1), 096100062311746. DOI: 10.1177/09610006231174650
This paper reports on academic libraries' Community Engagement (CE) initiatives in South Africa and outline their potential to contribute to the actualisation of three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2, 3 and 13). The research approach adopted was qualitative using online interviews with 20 heads of libraries in South Africa and eight online focus group discussions with library staff as data collection methods. It was found that South African academic libraries' CE initiatives can be successfully mapped out against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results showed that through CE, academic libraries in South Africa play a role in addressing hunger, improving health and well-being and contributing to climate action, among other SDGs. CE, therefore, can play a role in SDGs that fall outside of academic libraries' traditional teaching, learning and research support role. These results will serve as a call for academic libraries to consider participating in CE in order to contribute to development areas that they do not normally contribute to directly. This study provides unique insights on the contribution of academic libraries to SDGs. As a recommendation, academic libraries should consider mapping their CE initiatives against the SDGs.
Nichols, Karren E. (2014). Academic libraries as sustainability leaders. In Jankowska, Maria A. (Hrsg.), Focus on Educating for Sustainability (S. 199-210). Library Juice Press
Hauke, Petra (2020). Academic libraries of the world: Exemplars, educators, enablers for sustainable development. Nazarbayev University Library
Sustainable thinking and going green are undoubtedly on the agenda worldwide. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) adopted the United Nations Agenda 2030 to demonstrate the key role of libraries as engines for sustainable development. The purpose of this study is to motivate and encourage academic libraries to take a leading role in their communities to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030 and to stimulate further research on the topic. This study identifies, for the first time, outstanding examples of sustainable libraries from all over the world. It focuses on academic libraries that took part in the IFLA Green Library Award competition or those that published their project as an SDG story on the Library Map of the World. The examples given depict how libraries and access to information address the demands across all SDGs. Tools such as a checklist, a short literature review and relevant websites complement the study. Academic libraries and librarians can learn by example and adopt strategies and solutions proven to be successful in other countries. By doing so, they can join a global movement to act as exemplars, educators, and enablers for sustainable development (IFLA, 2018).
Yebei, Jepchumba Beatrice; Nyakundi, James Nyambane; Pham, Ba Toan (2019). Academic library as social network site for climate change: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
Academic Library as a Social network site is made up of an interconnection among students, faculty, researchers, and educators with public areas to exploit Information and Repositories of Climate Change. USIU-A library and information center librarians designed a programme to highlight the effects of climate change to the current society. The library conducted climate literacy classes within the library and in classes. Provided mobile library service that promoted demand driven acquisition of books on climate change. This poster shares the experience of academic libraries being champions of climate change in the user communities they serve and also offers further recommendations to strengthen the campaign through inclusion of NGO’s, Volunteer groups, donors among others.
International Federation of Library Associations_and_Institutions (IFLA) (2016). Acces and opportunity for all: How libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Jain, Priti; Jibril, Lynn (2018). Achieving sustainable development through libraries: Some preliminary observations from Botswana public libraries: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sustainable development in the 21st century is based on access to information and knowledge. Like their counterparts, African libraries have recognized the key role of libraries in achieving sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The National Library of Uganda provides ICT training to female farmers to access weather forecasts, crop prices, and to set up online markets in their local languages. Nigerian Librarians developed a SDGs Action Group on Facebook to achieve SDGs. Similarly, public libraries in Botswana are actively engaged in achieving sustainable development goals. For example, supporting Goal 8, some public libraries provide basic ICT training to empower community so as to increase access to information for career and job opportunities leading to social and economic development. To support Goal 4: Quality education, some Public Libraries provide homework assistance to children to build strong educational foundation. To address Goal 5, Gender Equality, some public libraries in Botswana organize gender related activities to support girls and women. The aim of this paper is to share Botswana public libraries' initiatives toward sustainable development. The data for this paper was collected through interviews with the librarians, who are actively involved in SDGs and observations.
Kavuri-Mutuku, Purity (2018). Action to combat climate change and its impact: Green library initiatives at the Kenya National Library Service. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 86-93). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-009
The green library concept has attracted a lot of interest worldwide, especially in public and academic libraries all aiming to provide inspiring library services in a conducive and user-friendly environment. The greening initiative at the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) Nakuru branch was ranked among the top five applications for the IFLA Green Library Award competition 2017. The green library concept is slowly gaining momentum and recognition in Kenya, as public institutions such as universities and public/community libraries endeavour to construct libraries that meet our next generation of users’ behaviour and expectations. A library building plan must include an environmental impact statement to ensure a low carbon footprint and that improved library services are offered efficiently and effectively (Druaipandi 2016). This paper presents the green library initiatives undertaken by KNLS Nakuru branch in line with the green library movement. These initiatives include the sustainable library building and reading tree initiative in some public primary schools which are members of the library book clubs within Nakuru County. The paper defines the green library/ sustainable library building concept by giving examples and expanding on the reading tree concept as embraced by the Nakuru library. It is hoped that other libraries will embrace the idea and help address environmental problems such as climate change, global warming and air pollution that have adversely affected Kenya and the wider world.
Brungard, Allison B.; Bartek, Jennifer (2019). Adding more green for a healthier library: Modeling sustainability practices. In Pun, Raymond; Shaffer, Gary L. (Hrsg.), The sustainable library's cookbook (S. 13-15). Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
Meyers, Jane Kinney (2016). Addressing SDGs and library relevance by serving the majority: introducing innovative child/youth public library services in Zambia: Poster presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016, Columbus, OH.
Library services to children and teens have been barely existent in Zambia, even though young people account for nearly 70% of the country’s population. Undergraduate and master’s level LIS education is offered at the University of Zambia, but the programs include no courses on children or youth services. Public libraries in the nation have been poorly supported and not seen to be playing an important role in the lives of its citizens. Libraries do not have acquisitions budgets because of the misperception that book donation programs can provide needed materials, and thus the librarians do not perform the core library activities and functions of defining user needs, collection development, selection and acquisition of materials. Technology and innovation have also evaded the public library sector in Zambia. The poster will show how Lubuto Library Partners (LLP) has collaborated with Zambia’s library community and stakeholders for over a decade to address these issues and, in partnership with Government and the Zambia Library Service, create dynamic, impactful, heavily used and highly visible libraries serving children and youth. Photos and data will illustrate LLP innovations, their enthusiastic acceptance by society and the library community, and the role the libraries play in helping Zambia achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
Garcia-Febo, Loida; Kim, Ju; Sailo, Lallaisangzuali; Jain, Vinita; Tugwell, Yolanda (2017). Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Experiences of international academic and research libraries. College & Research Libraries News, 78(9), 516-520. DOI: 10.5860/crln.78.9.516
In this article, the author focuses on the experiences of international academic and research libraries. It mentions the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations (UN) to guide development efforts worldwide. It also mentions the working of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Senyolo, Mokgadi Rebecca; Matolong, Harry (2017). Advocacy for libraries: A South African perspective: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2017, Wrocław, Poland.
Libraries have been presented with an unprecedented opportunity to make a contribution to the development agendas, principally the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Libraries need to talk about the valuable work they are doing in their communities by making use of activities, data/ statistics, and stories, to relate to the SDGs and to align themselves with national development plans. Most South Africans still do not have adequate access to libraries or information services. Communities in rural parts of the country have been largely excluded from any meaningful development and suffer from a lack of infrastructure. Illiteracy, unemployment, health care, economic development and education remain major national challenges. Having access to libraries and information could make all the difference to the quality of lives and circumstances for all people. Libraries have a critical role to play in the lives of information deprived communities. Not only do libraries nurture and grow literacy, but also they are better positioned to serve community development and enhance social cohesion.
Hamad, Faten; Al-Fadel, Maha (2022). Advocacy of the Sustainable Development Goals in Jordanian academic libraries. IFLA Journal, 48(4), 492-509. DOI: 10.1177/03400352211038300
In view of the increased importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and the limited number of public libraries in Jordan, it is important to investigate the role and practices of academic libraries in promoting knowledge and skills to support the Sustainable Development Goals in Jordan. It is also important to explore the challenges that might hinder the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals. The results of this study support the fact that academic libraries can significantly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (M = 3.53) by providing access to relevant and up-to-date information (M = 4.16) and giving training on information literacy (M = 4.03). Access to information contributes to the quality of life of society (M = 4.41). This article provides insights for academic librarians and decision-makers into disseminating measures for promoting knowledge and skills related to the Sustainable Development Goals among students and the public community in Jordan. The study recommends some relevant strategies, such as the collaboration of academic libraries with governmental and health institutions to support the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals in Jordan.
Cfibd; Enssib; ABF; Bpi (2019). Agenda 2030 et Bibliothèques - France
Adoptés pendant l'Assemblée Générale de l'ONU, les 17 objectifs de développement durable forment le coeur de l'Agenda 2030. Parce que nous pensons que les bibliothèques sont des actrices du développement durable, dont les missions dépassent la culture et la formation, ce site web vise à vous donner des outils, des points de contexte, des retours d'expérience, comme autant d'éléments stratégiques qui vous permettront d'inscrire votre bibliothèque dans une démarche durable à l'échelle de votre territoire et d'en faire un plaidoyer auprès de vos tutelles.
Bats, Raphaëlle; Delaune, Camille; Insaurralde, Gustavo (2019). Agenda 2030 et les bibliothèques françaises: Poster présenté à IFLA WLIC 2019, Athènes, Grèce.
Faire de sa bibliothèque un pilier pour le développement durable local : un exemple d’advocacy en France. Point d'accès à l’information (comme le rappelle la Déclaration de Lyon (2014), les 65000 bibliothèques et centres de documentation français (source : public libraries 2020) sont des acteurs essentiels du développement durable. Leurs missions leur permettent de répondre à tous les objectifs de développement durable de l’Agenda 2030 de l’ONU. Cependant, en être convaincu ne suffit pas, en avoir la preuve chaque jour au sein de nos établissements ne suffit pas non plus. Il convient de savoir le dire, le montrer et le prouver aussi bien auprès des élus et des publics que des bibliothécaires eux-mêmes. C’est dans cet objectif que l’IFLA a mis en place le programme IAP (international advocacy programme), grâce auquel deux bibliothécaires français ont été formés pour développer des projets d’advocacy basés sur l’Agenda 2030 dans le contexte français. Ce poster vise à présenter les actions menées suite à cette formation pour s’organiser, collecter des données, sensibiliser les bibliothécaires, produire des contenus et mener des premières actions de lobbying et d’advocacy. Le poster montrera l’importance de s’organiser en un groupe de travail efficace, capable d’avoir une audience nationale et de mettre en place un programme d’action pour les années à venir ; en d’autres termes une bonne illustration de l’objectif 17 de l’Agenda 2030. Une bonne organisation ne peut avancer sans matériel sur quoi baser son travail. Aussi, l’étape suivante aura été la collecte d’exemples et d’histoires, pour montrer la participation active des bibliothèques envers tous les objectifs de l’Agenda 2030. Dotés de témoignages, nous avons accompagné nos collègues à la maîtrise d’un discours de plaidoyer sur les bibliothèques actrices du développement durable. Pour cela, nous avons fait des formations et créé un serious game collaboratif. La facilité à défendre les bibliothèques à l’oral n’épargne pas un travail sur les documents qui peuvent être fournis aux élus et décideurs. Aussi, le groupe de travail a créé une base de données, un site web et un fil d’actualités, ainsi qu’une brochure de témoignages d’actions françaises menées pour chacun des objectifs de l’Agenda 2030. Ainsi prêts, nous avons mis en pratique nos acquis dans trois situations de lobbying à Genève (ONU), à New York (Ambassades auprès de l’ONU) et à Bruxelles (Parlement Européen). Ces premières expériences nous ont permis de faire un petit guide pour mieux se préparer à ces rencontres parfois courtes avec les décideurs. Le travail n’est pas fini. Il nous reste encore des outils de sensibilisation (vidéo) à développer, des contacts à consolider (avec une carte de voeux), des formations à assurer (au niveau francophone), etc. Ce poster présente donc un point d’étape de l’action menée pendant deux années pour sensibiliser les professionnels de l’information français à l’Agenda 2030 et à l’expression de leur rôle dans la réalisation de ses 17 objectifs.
Maddaluno, Paola (2019). Agenda 2030: Pratiche bibliotecarie e obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile: AIB Notizie
AIB Associazione italiana biblioteche (2020). Agenda 2030: la rubrica su ''AIB Notizie'' promossa da AIB, Gruppo per l'attuazione degli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile dell'Agenda ONU (SDGs)
Gaspar Pinto, Leonor; Ochôa, Paula (2018). Alinhamento e evidências do contributo para o desenvolvimento sustentável: Guia para bibliotecas.
Este Guia para bibliotecas insere-se no âmbito das ações do Projeto Bibliotecas para o Desenvolvimento e a Agenda 2030 da ONU (abril-julho 2018), uma iniciativa da B.A.D. - Associação Portuguesa de Bibliotecários, Arquivistas e Documentalistas em articulação com a IFLA - International Federation of Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (International Advocacy Programme) para valorização do contributo das bibliotecas portuguesas para o desenvolvimento sustentável a nível local, regional e nacional. Foi desenvolvido por uma equipa de investigadoras do CHAM-Centro de Humanidades (NOVA FCSH e Universidade dos Açores). Alignment and Evidences of the Contribution for Sustainable Development: Guide for Libraries is one of the activities undertaken to complete the Project Libraries for Development and the UN Agenda 2030 /April- Jully 2018) - an initiative of the B.A.D. -- the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists in conjunction with IFLA - International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (International Advocacy Program) to enhance the contribution of Portuguese libraries to sustainable development at local, regional and national levels. This Guide for Libraries was developed by a team of researchers from CHAM - Centre for the Humanities (NOVA FCSH and University of the Azores).
Murtoff, Jennifer (2022). All about chickens: A hands-on workshop. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 153-161). ALA Editions
Kids will learn about chickens, eggs, and feathers in this hands-on presentation. After a brief general lesson, children will examine topics on their own different stations. You can also give them the opportunity to interact with a live chicken!
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah; Bollerman, Mathew (2019). All together...how? Building capacity & commitment for change: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
Changing the mindset of a profession needs a strategy: deliberate choices to do things differently, building on our unique strengths for a specific outcome. The New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative has set out to do just that and has employed techniques to accelerate its success to help professionals, institutions and communities adopt the concept of “sustainable thinking.” This paper explores the beliefs, philosophies and guiding principles that accelerated the work of this initiative that are replicable for wider adoption of sustainability work in our profession.
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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