As countries talk about climate change and ways of addressing accelerating climate instability in Paris this fortnight, it is appropriate and not only that, necessary as well, to discuss the environmental impact and sustainability of local and international library conferences. While it is very nice to travel to events (and I've done this numerous times,…
Rockwell, Jenny; Selden, David (2019). Carbon offsets for sustainable travel, a SustainRT ALA 2019 program
Stadtbibliothek Aarau (2022). Carvelo2go
Möchten Sie ressourcenschonend schwere Sachen transportieren oder einen Familienausflug mit Ihren Kindern machen? Die Stadtbibliothek Aarau bietet die Ausleihe eines elektrischen Lastenfahrrades (Lastenvelo) für ein paar Stunden oder Tage an.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2017). Certified Sustainable. Library Journal, 142(16), 22-23
The article discusses the launch of Sustainable Libraries Certification program by the New York Library Association (NYLA) to create sustainable institutions that contribute to sustainable communities. It mentions technical assistance in completing the certification path will be provided by advisors and interns through NYLA-SI's partner Westchester Green Business and NYLA-SI and New York is poised to test this new resource in hopes that it will become a national.
On Earth Day 2022, Suffolk County, NY, Executive Steven Bellone announced a $12 million investment in electric vehicle charging stations. He chose the Lindenhurst Memorial Library---the second library in the country to be certified under the Sustainable Libraries Initiative's Sustainable Library Certification Program---as the location for the press conference.
Landes, Christopher (2018). Challenges and opportunities in implementing a sustainable approach at academic libraries: Fields of Action at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 181-196). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-018
What sustainable measures are there for academic libraries? In which areas can academic libraries be active? Furthermore, what are the challenges and opportunities of implementing ecologically sustainable action? These are the research questions of an empirical study conducted at the Freie Universität Berlin. The results of the qualitative research show the practical skills required and estimate the scope for action when it comes to promoting sustainable action at an academic library. In this article, the study is presented and three fields of action are examined as an example of sustainable measures in academic libraries: paper-saving workplace design, the removal of plastic bags and use of energy-saving IT equipment. It is not that there are simply transferable best practice cases in the area of sustainable library management; however, the examples presented here can draw attention to fields of action. They create awareness of the opportunities while, at the same time, highlighting the challenges and difficulties that can arise when changing to more sustainable library management.
Harrop, Wendy (2021). Challenges of library makerspaces and programs. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), Makerspaces in practice (S. 87-108). ALA Editions
Phillips, Karen (2017). Championing the library's role in sustainability. Interview with Madeleine Charney. , 142(Nov 16)
n a new series that celebrates innovators in libraries across the U.S., I have the privilege of diving deeper into the work of a segment of the 2017 Movers & Shakers announced by Library Journal in the spring. This week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Madeleine Charney, a Sustainability Studies Librarian at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Through connecting sustainability communities across campus and supporting them with key library resources and services, Madeleine demonstrates how libraries can help to further the field of sustainability science. Read on to learn how she integrates sustainability issues into class curricula, and how other librarians can go about integrating sustainability into their careers.
Foster Kaufman, Amanda; Cohen, Brian; Eller, Jeff (2022). Changing staff behaviors around waste reduction and diversion using a community-based social marketing approach. In Tanner, René; Ho, Adrian K.; Antonelli, Monika; Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (Hrsg.), Libraries and sustainability: Programs and practices for community impact (S. 27-35). ALA Editions
The Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Library serves the students, faculty, and staff of Wake Forest University, a medium-sized private research university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Wake Forest Office of Sustainability, crated in 2009, facilitates the integration of sustainability at all levels of the university. The ZSR Library was one of the first adopters of an on-campus organic waste collection program.
Tanasijevic, Suzana; Pesic, Ivana (2019). Changing yourself will change the World – Public Library in Jagodina by developing the library according to the users’ needs will become a part of global changes worldwide: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The poster shows how the Public Library in Jagodina with the implementation of three (still ongoing) digitally inclusive innovative services directly participates in the implementation of the UN AGENDA 2030 and achieves the following SDG’s: 4, 8, and 10. The Digital Citizen Project is supported by Google with the aim of transforming public libraries in the region into digital, innovative and educational centers that contribute to the development of a digitally advanced society. Using donated equipment of micro: bits, mi: node kits and a 3D printer Library organizes workshops educating children and youth to learn coding in order to prepare them successfully for today's demanding labor market needs. The project is particularly focused on children and young people who lack technological equipment. (Goal 4). The project, AgroLib-Ja started in 2010 with the support of the NGO EIFL-PLIP has revitalized four rural libraries and created a network of libraries that provide information and communication services especially for farmers. The aim of the project is to improve the lives of people in the villages and economically empower farmers through services: free internet access and ICT training, expert lectures in the field of agriculture, current literature and magazines, online marketplace for free advertising of farmers’ products. (Goals 4, 8). Within service Electricity letters – online literary magazine for children and youth, started in 2012, Library educates the youngest users through the new media. Library provides quick access to an e-publication for children and youth who do not have access to libraries. Library in this way reduces inequality between children in rural and urban areas with regard to equal access to information and education. (Goals 4, 10).
IFLA Section Environment, Sustainability_and_Libraries (2022). Che cos'è una biblioteca verde?.
Una biblioteca verde e sostenibile è una biblioteca che tiene in considerazione la sostenibilità ambientale, economica e sociale. Le biblioteche verdi e sostenibili possono essere di qualsiasi dimensione, ma devono avere una chiara agenda sostenibile.
Bever, Greta (2012). Chicago standard operating procedure. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 7-16). Library Juice Press
Hauke, Petra (2016). Chinas Bibliotheken auf dem grünen Weg: Nachhaltige Bibliotheken in Hongkong, Peking und Guangzhou
China weiß um die Bedeutung von ökologischer Nachhaltigkeit. Sie wird nicht nur häufig thematisiert, sondern auch in entsprechenden Projekten umgesetzt. Dutzende sogenannter Ecocities, sind bereits im Bau, mehr als 200 sind derzeit geplant -- ob sie allerdings die ökologischen Probleme wirklich lösen, ist umstritten. Auch Bibliotheken, als öffentliche und gesellschaftlich geschätzte Einrichtungen mit großem Energiebedarf begeben sich auf den glqqgrünen Weggrqq und werden so zu Multiplikatoren mit Vorbildfunktion.
Whitmore, Keri (2021). Circulating maker kits and tools. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), Makerspaces in practice (S. 139-158). ALA Editions
Young, Michelle L. (2022). Clarkson University Libraries first Academic Library to complete Sustainable Libraries Certification Program. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(1), 30-31
Clarkson University Libraries just became the first Academic Library to complete the Sustainable Libraries' Initiative rigorous certification program. The Academic Certification Program encourages collaboration with other campus sustainability efforts and reaches beyond the university to establish the university library as a resource and leader in the resilience of the broader community.
ALA American Library Association (2021). Climate Change Library Lab
The Climate Change Library Lab was created to provide a rich source of information and advice specific to libraries, so that they might prepare for climate-related disasters or deal with post-disaster recovery within their communities.It is our hope that the resources available will be updated based on feedback and input from library staff and community members who have experienced climate-related disasters. This project is sponsored by the American Library Association's New Members Round Table.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2021). Climate action now | Sustainability. Library Journal, 146(Dec 14)
Climate scientists predict we will look back on the years 2020 and 2021 and think to ourselves, ``Those were the good old days.'' Record-setting heat, record amounts of scorched earth thanks to wildfires, record numbers of tropical storms, and a record number of freak natural disasters like derechos---that's what 2020 had to offer. And 2021 hasn't been much better. There is no more time to waste. Climate action is needed NOW. Libraries should be visible leaders and partner in this effort not only to protect the assets the public has entrusted them with but also to ensure library workers and community members have the support they need, through libraries, in the face of disruption.
Rockrohr, Phil (2019). Climate change and sustainability: Library programs focus on critical components of 21st-century science. American Libraries, 50(October 9)
Every spring, Joe Hammes looks forward to visiting his family's Wisconsin cottage. But one year, unprecedented high waters in the La Crosse area kept him away from it until late May. ``The Mississippi River is flooding,'' says Hammes, public relations and communications coordinator for the La Crosse Public Library (LCPL). ``People know this is going on.'' But what can they do about it at the local level?
Bennett, Megan (2023). Climate change chat: Library staffers discuss grant program to educate patrons on the environment. American Libraries, 54(January 29)
"Climate change is the one thing we're all experiencing,'' says Alexandria (Va.) Library adult services librarian Megan Zimmerman. Institutions like hers see the firsthand effects of climate change right outside their doors. Twenty percent of the city is located on a floodplain, she said, and in recent years, storms have become more severe, causing homes and businesses to flood.
Charney, Madeleine K. (2019). Climate change conversations in libraries: Sabbatical training adventure. In Baer, Andrea Patricia; Schroeder, Robert (Hrsg.), Libraries promoting reflective dialogue in a time of political polarization (S. 149-170). Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
"Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: A Sabbatical Training Adventure" is chapter seven in the book Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization (ACRL 2019). As part of a twenty-four-week sabbatical, Charney set out to train librarians in each New England state on a range of methods for facilitating climate change conversations. The ultimate goal of Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations in Your Library was to encourage—more honestly, to implore—librarians to see themselves as change makers and bridge builders. The training pressed participants to answer an essential and painful question. How will each of us—as individuals and community members—hold the global, life-threatening reality of climate change while leading our communities toward a kinder, saner, and safer world? Facing the Future, a four-hour training, offered participants an opportunity to look squarely in the face of climate change while practicing leadership exercises and mindfulness techniques.
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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