Jankowska, Maria A. (2011). Going beyond environmental programs and green practices at the American Library Association. Electronic Green Journal, 1(32), e1-17
The intent of this editorial is to provide a starting point for a more comprehensive assessment of libraries’ progress towards environmental sustainability, and consequently contribute to a discourse on pathways that can enable sustainable development of libraries in the future.
Sittel, Robbie (2012). Going green @ your library: One librarian's lessons in programming. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 127-131). Library Juice Press
Hauke, Petra; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (2013). Going green as a marketing tool for libraries: Environmentally sustainable management practices: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2013, Singapore.
This paper deals with libraries’ awareness of ecological sustainability as part of the marketing strategy with high impact on both clients and stakeholders. Libraries are particularly responsible not only for disseminating information on environmental sustainability but also for serving as examples to follow. Small steps in going green can have a big impact on the library’s image. Activities in this field can be developed in cooperation with unpaid partners like NGOs, Friends of the Library groups etc. The paper will give examples from libraries in different countries from all over the world, dealing with ideas of how to gain recognition with a green identity, which conveys an attractive market image.
Al, Rodney; House, Sara (2010). Going green in North American public libraries: A critical snapshot of policy and practice. Paper presented at the 76th IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden.
In recent years, the global library community has recognized that reversing the human impact on the environment is part of its social responsibility. This presentation examines this ethic within the context of the North American library community with particular attention to analysis of related policy and practice in five major metropolitan areas. Topics treated include the development of “green” policies, procedures, strategic plans, mission statements, vision statements, and values statements; and, “green librarianship” apparent at the service level of select library associations and institutions. Findings indicate that there is an exciting emergent library discourse on “green” policy and actions. However: (1) public libraries are implementing “green” measures at the service and programming levels, but not yet encoding a green ethic in official institutional language; and, (2) library associations are generally remiss in addressing environmental responsibility in any form or manner in their policies. Audience contribution is encouraged on how to build better green momentum in North American librarianship, as well as how to develop a more socially responsible global profession in general. To what extent is the slim and slow greening of libraries reflective of the status of grassroots and activist librarianship in general?
Chakraborty, Susmita (2013). Going green or not: Realities of the Indian metropolis libraries: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2013, Singapore.
India is fighting severe problems, as for e.g. pollution explosion, dwindling resources, illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, threats of terrorism, among others. In this perspective, little emphasis is given on emerging issues like hygienic and environmental awareness. Very recently, Indian libraries started to have provisions for natural lights as much as possible, energy saving bulbs in the reading rooms and other places within library premises, provision of natural air, emphasis on cleanliness, hygienic toilets, adequate provision of waste bins at appropriate places, proper disposal policies for weeded library materials/equipments, etc. This paper will present the report of a survey of some important libraries in the four metropolises (Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai) of India.
Mwanzu, Arnold (2018). Going green to embrace aesthetic reflections and sustainable library buildings: A case study of USIU-A Library as a benchmark of Kenyan libraries. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 210-226). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-020
Hallmann, Christian (2013). Going green: Free University Philological Library, Berlin: An evolutionary concept development – from a box to “The Brain”. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 241-256). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2306
Active as well as passive constructional strategies and innovations were realized within a dynamic design process to guarantee sustainability at the Berlin Philological Library.1 Besides a reduction of the enveloping skin area in relation to its volume, the use of special building materials is noteworthy. This and the use of daylight and an innovative heating and ventilation system ensure the intended sustainability. There are also numerous other strategies supporting this goal. Encompassed within this approach, the needs of the users take centre stage. Awarded with the Deutscher Architekturpreis and the Contractworld.award in 2007, the Philological Library is a notable example of a sustainable library and an architectural highlight. In einem dynamischen Design-Prozess konnten bei der Philologischen Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin grundlegende aktive wie auch passive bautechnische Neuerungen verwirklicht werden, um Nachhaltigkeit sowohl im Hinblick auf die Nutzerfreundlichkeit als auch auf den Schutz des Bestandes zu garantieren. Dazu zählt neben einer Verkleinerung der äußeren Hülle in Relation zum Raumvolumen auch die Verwendung der richtigen Baumaterialien. Dies sowie die Nutzung von Tageslicht in Verbindung mit einem innovativen Heiz- und Lüftungssystem sorgen neben weiteren Strategien für die angestrebte Nachhaltigkeit. Neben diesen Aspekten stehen zudem die Anforderungen zur Benutzbarkeit der Präsenzbibliothek durch die Leser im Focus. Für ihr Design wurde die Philologische Bibliothek u.a. 2007 mit dem Deutschen Architekturpreis sowie dem Contractworld.award ausgezeichnet.
Prasanth, Mavily; Vasudevan, T. M. (2019). Going green: Libraries for sustainable development: Paper presented at: National conference on Innovations and Transformations in Libraries (NCITL 2019).
The paper discusses about the various measures for greening the library other than building green library buildings. It also puts forward various suggestions and methods for greening existing libraries and also discuss the need and importance of implementing green library concepts. Introduction Our beautiful nature is continuously degraded by human beings and causing problems like global warming and climate change. Shrinking glaciors, melting ice caps and wide ranges in temperature provide evidence that something is happening with our climate. Libraries don't come into our mind when we think of problems like global warming and climate change. But Libraries consume a lot of energy for its services and hence contribute to the problem. A healthy natural environment is needed for our survival and quality of life. So it's high time for us librarians to play a major role for the betterment of environment. We can design a green library by means of choosing appropriate site for constructing library building, use of natural material and biodegradable products for construction, conservation of resources i.e., water, energy, paper etc. and responsible for recycling of waste materials. So the concepts of green libraries are now being popular and through proper designing of green library we can reduce the harmful impact on the environment and it also improve the environment inside the library.
Peterson, Richard A.; von Isenburg, Megan; Dietsch, Barbara; Lucas, Dawne (2014). Going green: One library's journey toward sustainability. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 14(1), 14-23. DOI: 10.1080/15323269.2014.859887
The Duke University Medical Center Library created and implemented a sustainability plan as a way of contributing to the University's institutional goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2024. An internal working group coordinated efforts to implement more environmentally friendly practices, create awareness of the importance of this project, and obtain staff buy-in. As a result, the Library was awarded the University's Green Workplace certification. This article will share not only the process for implementing sustainability initiatives, but will also detail some practices that other libraries can achieve.
Fresnido, Ana Maria B.; Esposo-Betan, Sharon Maria S. (2018). Going green: Sustainable practices in Philippine Libraries. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This study aims to investigate on the sustainability practices of Philippine libraries. It intends to identify where Philippine academic libraries are in the “green” continuum. Significance of the study. Greening libraries is rarely talked about in Philippine libraries. This study is a modest contribution to the dearth of literature on greening Philippine libraries. Results of the study hopes to stimulate the interest of library administrators and bring awareness to other stakeholders on the current state of libraries in the Philippines as far as “greening” is concerned, so they can either start or further advance their greening initiatives. Design, methodology, approach. Descriptive survey method was employed for this study with the Preliminary Green Assessment Checklist developed by McBane Mulford and Himmel as instrument. The respondents consisted of active members of the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Libraries, Inc. (PAARL) or those that have attended the organization’s activities in the last two years. Findings. 68.75% of the surveyed libraries received green rating; 31.25% got yellow; and none fell under red. The overall rating for all libraries is 149.12 which is within the green zone. This only proved to show that Philippine libraries are obviously taking small but crucial steps towards greening their libraries. Research limitations and implication (if applicable). While the survey questionnaire was sent to 206 librarians, only 32 (15.53\%) accomplished the form. Originality of the paper: The study is the first and so far, the only study which attempted to gauge where Philippine libraries are in the green continuum.
Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.) (2018). Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world: Buildings, management, programmes and services. (Band 177). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Saur. ISBN: 9783110608878
Hoerning, Beate (2019). Going to a library conference for talking about ecological sustainability – but what’s about our own carbon footprint? Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
Whenever people get together at face-to-face meetings – there will always be an extra consumption of resources for travelling to the conference and for staying at the venue. More and more of them feel confident that they need to strive to reduce their environmental impact to the most possible minimum. There are already several studies that have analyzed the ecological footprint of conferences. On the basis of their conclusions, the wide range of possible options for conference attendees (at conferences generally and in particular at library conferences) will be shown and discussed. Basically, there are two main kinds of complementary options: 1. Measures, steps, and actions for reducing the own carbon footprint and 2. Options for making an impact on the meeting organizers for the conference’s footprint as a whole. The discussion will be carried out in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDGs No. 7, 12, 13, 15) and to the degrowth movement.
Akbulut, Müge; Alaca, Erdinç; Büyükçolpan, Tubanur; Cevher, Nilay; Kurbanoğlu, Serap; Soylu, Demet; Yıldırım, Banu Fulya (2018). Green (environmentalist) approaches to university libraries: A research across Turkey. Bilgi Dünyasi, 19(2), 203-230. DOI: 10.15612/BD.2018.693
This study was carried out in order to identify green (environmentally friendly) practices in university libraries in both institutional and individual contexts. Within the scope of this research, descriptive method was used, and also two questionnaires were used as data collection tools from library directors and librarians. Within the frame of the study, online questionnaire was sent to 165 directors and 1614 librarians working in 165 university libraries (out of 182 in total) in Turkey. 45 directors and 341 librarians responded to the survey. The directors' survey has six main sections including sustainable environment, water saving, energy saving, sustainable resources and materials, indoor air quality, innovation in design and implementation, and aims to collect information on an institutional basis. The librarian survey consists of three main parts which are demographic information, environmental awareness and attitude in daily life, and green libraries. The obtained data were analyzed by IBM Statistics SPSS 23.0 software package. In the study, it was found out that even though university libraries in Turkey fulfill some criteria such as proximity to public transportation, use of alternative options in transportation and water-efficient plumbing, monitoring water use, turning off electrical appliances when not in use, use of double glazed windows, taking precautions against paper waste with recycling or donation of printed resources, there are still deficiencies. Also, differences between universities have been identified in terms of green approaches /implementations and some libraries such as Atilim, Bilkent, Bacskent and Yacsar University libraries have been observed to be greener than others within sustainable environment, water and energy saving, sustainable materials-resources, indoor air quality and design and application innovations. Although librarians have a low level of perception and awareness in green libraries and environmental sustainability issues, they have positive opinions about the initiatives promoting education and awareness. Bu çalışma gerek kurumsal gerek bireysel bağlamda üniversite kütüphanelerinde gerçekleştirilen yeşil (çevre dostu) uygulamaları belirlemek amacıyla gerçekleştirilmiştir. Betimleme yönteminin kullanıldığı bu araştırma kapsamında veri toplama tekniği olarak kütüphane yöneticilerine ve kütüphanecilere olmak üzere toplam iki adet anketten yararlanılmıştır. Türkiye’deki 182 üniversite kütüphanesinden 165’inde görev yapmakta olan toplam 165 yönetici ve 1.614 kütüphaneciye çevrim içi anket gönderilmiş, 45 yönetici ve 341 kütüphaneci anketi yanıtlamıştır. Yönetici anketi, sürdürülebilir çevre, su tasarrufu, enerji tasarrufu, sürdürülebilir kaynak ve materyaller, iç mekân hava kalitesi, tasarım ve uygulamada yenilikler olmak üzere altı ana bölümden oluşmakta ve kurumsal bazda bilgi toplamayı amaçlamaktadır. Kütüphaneci anketi ise demografik bilgiler, günlük yaşamda çevresel farkındalık ve tutum, yeşil kütüphaneler olmak üzere üç ana bölümden oluşmaktadır. Anket aracılığıyla elde edilen verilerin değerlendirilmesinde betimleme yönteminden yararlanılmıştır. Elde edilen veriler IBM SPSS Statistics 23.0 paket programı aracılığı ile analiz edilmiştir. Çalışma sonucunda, Türkiye’deki üniversite kütüphanelerinin yeşil kütüphane olma yolunda bazı kriterleri (toplu taşıma araçlarına yakınlık, ulaşımda alternatif seçeneklere yönelim, su tasarruflu tesisat kullanımı, su tüketiminin takip edilmesi, elektronik araç gereçlerin mesai saatleri dışında kapalı tutulması, binalarda çift cam özelliği, basılı kaynakların bağış ya da geri dönüşümü ile kâğıt israfına karşı önlem alınması) sağlamakla birlikte önemli eksiklerinin bulunduğu, çevresel yaklaşımlar/yeşil uygulamalar açısından üniversiteler arası farklılıklar olduğu ve bazı kütüphanelerin (Atılım, Bilkent, Başkent ve Yaşar Üniversitesi kütüphaneleri gibi) sürdürülebilir çevre, su ve enerji tasarrufu, sürdürülebilir materyaller-kaynaklar, iç mekân hava kalitesi ve tasarım ve uygulamada yenilikler kapsamında diğerlerinden daha yeşil olduğu görülmüştür. Kütüphanecilerin yeşil kütüphaneler ve çevresel sürdürülebilirlik konularında algı ve farkındalık düzeyleri düşük olmakla birlikte bu konularda eğitime ve farkındalık artırıcı girişimlere sıcak baktıkları belirlenmiştir.
Hauke, Petra (2019). Green Libraries towards Green Sustainable Development - Best practice examples from IFLA Green Library Award 2016–2019: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
This paper gives a broader definition of a “Green Library”, followed by an overview of the aims and intentions of the IFLA Green Library Award including the criteria for the award. It highlights some outstanding projects submitted to the IFLA Green Library Award competitions 2016–2019. The very different selected examples come from (1) Ireland, (2) Kenya, (3) Ukraine, (4) Germany, (5) Croatia, and (6) Colombia.
Werner, Klaus U.; Hauke, Petra (2017). Green Libraries. Worldwide. A librarians’ tool. 4 Years later…: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2017, Wrocław, Poland.
The project we launched in 2013: A checklist as an easy-to-use tool that will allow librarians worldwide to see what they can do to make their libraries greener: a checklist available in many languages, so that it will be understood by colleagues even with little or no command of one of the official IFLA-languages. They will be enabled to communicate with their staff and their users in their native languages about green topics. Our starting point was the IFLA-Conference 2013 in Singapore and our book project The Green Library. The challenge of environmental sustainability (published in 2013 as IFLA Publication 161). Where are we now? The checklist was originally devised in English and German; during the last 4 years we were busy finding colleagues willing to translate the checklist into as many languages as possible – a tool for greening libraries worldwide! There are 20 language versions available at present on our website: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, English, Finnish, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Usbek. The project is definitely to be continued: We are looking for more translation and adaptations, even into the multiplicity of “smaller” languages – for greener libraries worldwide.
Barnes, Laura (2019). Green Libraries: Home: Resources to help libraries go green: Green Library News
This guide started as a handout for a series of green libraries workshops.
Thomas, Raysh (2017). Green Libraries: India vs international scenario. Scholarly Research Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(37), 8645-8654. DOI: 10.21922/srjis.v4i37.10786
Druaipandi, R. (2016). Green Library initiatives in India: Reshaping the future: Paper presented at ICLIM 2017, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Seifert, Anja; Rogge, Stefan (2018). Green Library of the neighbourhood: Collaborative green sustainable library strategies for successful urban quarter development in Berlin, Germany. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 135-141). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-014
Malode, Amit V. (2014). Green Library: An overview. Research Journey: International Multidisciplinary E-Research Journal, 1(4), 13-17
A Green Library also knows as a sustainable library, is a library build with environmental concerns in mind, Green libraries are a part of the larger green building movement. Green libraries are being build all over the world, along with library 2.0 green design is an emerging trend, defining the library of the 21st century. A study of Green libraries in 2008 revealed that not only has energy conservation become important, but that spaces designed for users rather than books have become paramount the modular system worked particularly well for housing ever-expanding books collections but collecting growth is no longer practical goal. Users want and need a greater variety of spaces, which purpose build rooms are better at meeting.
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