Pîrvu, Iuliana-Camelia (2019). From a small green library to a sustainable community, a path marked with SDGs: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The small public library in Șirna, Prahova County (Romania), serving almost 5000 inhabitants, having one librarian, understood early on that, being a green library is not a destination but a community journey. This poster illustrates the ways in which a community can be helped by a small green library and how this road puts SDGs to work. In 2017, Șirna library ranked 3rd at the IFLA International ”Green Library Award 2018” . In 2018, activities continued in the spirit of 2030 Agenda. With the help of an IFLA International Advocacy Programme – LIBRARIES, DEVELOPMENT AND THE UN 2030 AGENDA, the Șirna librarian continued to plan activities to support SDGs. The library carried out last year educational and ecological volunteering activities with over 80 users, children and adults, on Earth Hour, World Volunteer Day, on Worldwide Clean-up Day, developing partnerships with WWF Romania, US Embassy and American Councils for International Education, Let’s Do It Romania, local authorities, educational institutions, ASPTMR (an association fighting tuberculosis), with DJSPH- forestry authority who donated trees for planting and greening the region. Getting sustainable support from a company (Cert Transilvania) company that donated batteries for solar panels (1000 Euro) was a direct result of advocacy of this green library. The 4, 7, 11, 13, 17 are SDGs that Sirna library is addressing through its activities as it moves forward on the path of sustainability and community education.
Unsworth, Michael E.; Kendall, Susan K.; Ostrom, Kriss (2012). From grass roots to vital player: Michigan State University’s Library Environmental Committee. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 81-92). Library Juice Press
Kurbanoğlu, Serap; Boustany, Joumana (2014). From green libraries to green information literacy. In Kurbanoğlu, Serap; Špiranec, Sonja; Grassian, Esther; Mizrachi, Diane; Catts, Ralph (Hrsg.), Information Literacy. Lifelong Learning and Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century (S. 47-58). Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-14136-7_6
Sahavirta, H. (2017). From green to sustainable libraries: Widening the concept of Green Library. In Umlauf, Konrad; Werner, Klaus Ulrich; Kaufmann, Andrea (Hrsg.), Strategien für die Bibliothek als Ort (S. 127-137). De Gruyter Saur
Hauke, Petra (2018). From information literacy to green literacy: Training librarians as trainers for sustainability literacy. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It is obvious that libraries as education partners play an active role in society. Since the advent of the Green Library Movement, their commitment to sustainability has become more and more visible. With IFLA’s adaption of the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and IFLA’s “Global Vision of a strong and united library field powering literate informed and participative societies” libraries are called to take action and to initiate the change that is urgently needed facing global challenges like climate change, poverty, hunger, gender equality etc. Objectives: Libraries should use their positive image to set a precedent through their various service strategies. In the context of teaching information literacy, libraries have already taken over multiple responsibilities. However, as important agencies for providing information, they must address more than information literacy and should take over the responsibility to teach green literacy in response to dramatic climate change and growing ecological awareness. Approach: The paper aims to encourage teaching as well as practicing librarians to move from teaching information literacy to trainers for sustainability literacy. The paper addresses considerations, resources, and some best practice examples for how to achieve sustainable literacy that meets the urgent challenges of our time. Conclusion: Both academic as well as public libraries are important partners to act as agents for change: “Libraries are the motors for change” – as the current IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón claimed. The United Nations 2030 Agenda’s overall goal is “Transforming our world”. Moving forward from teaching information literacy to educating sustainability literacy that touches any and every circumstances of life seems to be the libraries’ meaningful contribution to help achieve the Agenda 2030 goals.
Kremsberger, Simone; Peterson, Katie (2015). Future Library: Die Künstlerin Katie Peterson pflanzt eine Bibliothek – und das im wörtlichen Sinne. Interview. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 32-33
Im Interview erzählt Katie Peterson von ihrem außergewöhnlichen Projekt, in dem Natur und Kunst zusammenkommen.
Bohyun, Kim (2015). Gamification as a tool. American Libraries, 46(3/4), 26
The article discusses the potential benefits of using gamification, or games aimed at motivating individuals, as a tool in libraries. Topics discussed include the use of gamification to lower the average driving speed in Sweden, the use of gamification to encourage individuals in Sweden to use the stairs rather than the elevator, and the use of gamification to encourage energy conservation in San Diego, California.
Patron, Ira; Rusakova, Lilia (2018). Garbage Hero: Eco-education project "Library ECOstyleˮ at the Lviv Regional Children's Library, Ukraine. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 103-109). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-011
Jones, Louis (2015). Gardens of Delight at CUHK. Sustainable Campus, April
Almost everyone who has been to the Chinese University knows there are organic gardens on the campus. The long-standing scarecrow-guarded ones behind Adam Schall Residence at United College, and outside Chih Hsing Hall at New Asia College are no stranger to many. But these are far from being the only vegetable gardens at CUHK. A number have cropped up relatively recently, and if you were a bird, you'd know this as many sit on the roofs of buildings.
Witthaus, Sandra (2013). Gebäudedokumentation zur Sicherung der Nachhaltigkeit: Bibliotheken nachhaltig planen, bauen, betreiben und dokumentieren. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 161-174). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2301
Der Beitrag geht der Fragestellung nach, inwiefern eine strukturierte Gebäudedokumentation zur ökologischen Nachhaltigkeit beitragen kann. Dies wird für den Bibliotheksbau beispielhaft untersucht. Eine systematische Dokumentation über den gesamten Lebenszyklus eines Gebäudes ist nicht nur eine wichtige Grundlage zur Kommunikation unter Planungsbeteiligten, sie trägt auch zur Erhaltung der nachhaltigen Qualität bei: Strukturierte Informationen für den Planungs- und Betriebsprozess werden Grundlage für ggf. spätere Umbaumaßnahmen und Modernisierungen. Nicht nur nachhaltiges Planen und Bauen, auch nachhaltiges Betreiben ist hierbei ein ausschlaggebender Faktor – dabei werden unterschiedliche Sichtweisen der HOAI (Honorarordnung für Architekten und Ingenieure) und der GEFMA (German Facility Management Association) gegenübergestellt und erläutert. Es wird aufgezeigt, wie mit Hilfe der GEFMA-Richtlinie 198-1 FM-Dokumentation eine ganzheitliche Dokumentation für eine Bibliothek eingeführt werden kann. Die Richtlinie stellt konkrete Rahmenbedingungen und Strukturen für eine lebenszyklusorientierte Dokumentation eines Gebäudes zur Verfügung und dient als Praxisleitfaden zur Ermittlung eines Vorgehensmodells und einer Datenablagestruktur. Durch den Verweis auf eine Vielzahl an bestehenden Normen und Richtlinien im Bereich der Dokumentation sowie ergänzende Hinweise stellt die Richtlinie ein umfassendes Nachschlagewerk dar. Um Nachhaltigkeit im Vorfeld zu bewerten, zeichnen Zertifikate aus Nachhaltigkeits-Zertifizierungssystemen besonders energieeffiziente und nachhaltige Gebäude aus. Bevor ein Gebäude ein Zertifikat erhält, müssen nicht nur zahlreiche Anforderungen an die Gebäudebeschaffenheit, sondern auch an die Dokumentation erfüllt werden. Grundlage hierfür ist eine lückenlose Dokumentation von Gebäudeinformationen. The article deals with the question, how structured building documentation contributes to ecological sustainability. This will be examined in relation to library buildings. A systematic documentation, over the complete life-cycle of a building, is not only an important basis for communication for those involved in the planning process, but also for considering the preservation of a building’s sustainable quality. Structured information about the planning process and facility management could be used later for modernization and reorganization projects. On the one hand there is the planning and building process, but sustainable operation is also a deciding factor – therefore perspectives of the HOAI (Honorarordnung für Architekten und Ingenieure [Fees Tariff for Architects and Engineers] ) and GEFMA (German Facility Management Association) will be carefully considered. It will be shown how the GEFMA guideline 198-1 Facility Management Documentation can be used for a holistic documentation of library buildings. This guideline provides an exact framework and structure for a lifecycle-oriented documentation and serves as a practice guide for the determination of procedure models and a data-management structure. Because of references to a variety of existing documentation norms, guidelines and supplementary notes, this guideline can be used as a reference book. To judge sustainability, certificates from sustainability certification systems outline the particular characteristics of energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Before a building receives a certificate, not only numerous requirements must be fulfilled but also complete documentation of information on the building must be provided.
Larsen, Dagmara (2019). Generative and resilient: Sustainability beyond the walls of the library
Nearly 10 years ago, the Urban Libraries Council published the sustainability report, Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities, which outlines the ``triple bottom line'' approach to sustainable development, based on environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable practices. The ALA Council adopted the same approach to sustainability as a core value of librarianship during the organization's 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The next challenge is to implement these practices and push the boundaries further.
Senechal, Molly (2015). Give peas a chance!. Children & Libraries, 13(1), 10-12. DOI: 10.5860/cal.13n1.10
The article discusses how children's books could be used to enhance children's food literacy. Topics covered include the aim of the initiative launched by author Sylvia Spivens to establish a healthy community by enhancing children's knowledge about nutritious food. Also mentioned are several books about food literacy such as textquotedblAlice Waters and the Trip to Delicioustextquotedbl and textquotedblFarmer Will Allen and Growing Table.textquotedbl
Morriello, Rossana (2019). Gli obiettivi per lo sviluppo sostenibile e le biblioteche. Biblioteche Oggi, 37(maggio), 10-19. DOI: 10.3302/0392-8586-201904-010-1
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 goals (SDGs) at its core, to which 193 member countries of the UN agreed. These goals aim at ending poverty, fighting inequality and stopping climate change. UN has been working also with many international institutions and associations among which library associations, particularly through IFLA. IFLA is taking on an active role in the Agenda, promoting libraries as a vehicle for SDGs. In Italy, the national network ASviS has been created to support the Agenda 2030 in all kind of institutions and the academic network RUS to support it in universities where it has many implications for research, teaching and third mission.
Charney, Madeleine; Hauke, Petra (2020). Global action on the urgency of climate change: Academic and research libraries' contributions. College & Research Libraries News, 81(3), 114-117. DOI: 10.5860/crln.81.3.114
At the time of this writing, Australia's bushfires are raging, Jakarta is experiencing massive flooding, and waves of earthquakes are devastating islands in the Caribbean. Hundreds of thousands of people and living creatures are being torn from their homes. The mind reels at the intensity and scale of these climate change-induced disasters. At the same time, the world's leading decision makers seem to finally be waking up to the emergency. For instance, the European Union (EU) just announced 1 trillion euro plan to support the European Green Deal, including a mechanism designed to help regions (e.g., coal-dependent Poland) that would be most disrupted economically by the transition to cleaner industries. Moreover, with the aim to make Europe the world's first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, the EU pledges a just transition, that is to ``leave no one behind.''
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2015). Global denken, lokal handeln. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 26-27
Die Kingston Library im Bundesstaat New York unterstützt die Klimaziele der Stadt und hat sich selbst zu grünen Maßnahmen bekannt. Eine Fallstudie einer Grünen Bibliothek in den USA.
Vonhof, Cornelia (2020). Going Green: Implementing sustainable Strategies in Libraries around the World. Rezension. Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis, 44(1), 109-110. DOI: 10.1515/bfp-2020-0011
Rezensierte Publikation: Petra Hauke; Madeleine Charney; Harri Sahavirta (Hrsg.) (2018): Going Green: Implementing sustainable Strategies in Libraries around the World. Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services. IFLA Publications 177; X, 234 S., 1 Abb. (sw), 60 Abb. (Farbe), 14 Tab. (s/w). Gebunden: ISBN 978-3-11-060584-6, eBook: PDF ISBN 978-3-11-060887-8, EPUB ISBN 978-3-11-060599-0
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?
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