Kropp, Lisa G. (2020). Enduring, disrupting, and thriving: Becoming a certified sustainable library. American Libraries, 51(April 28)
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. Sustainable thinking aligns a library's core values and resources with both the local and global community's right to endure, bounce back from disruption, and thrive by bringing energetic new life to fruition through the choices made in all areas of library operations and outreach.
Kanagavel, P.; Sridhar, K.; Gomathinayagam, S. (2016). Energy Efficiency in Library: 1st International Conference on Library and Information Management, Sri Lanka.
The way the world has used global natural resources in the past has placed a tremendous strain on the environment -- depleting our natural resources, polluting the environment, warming the earth, raising sea levels, and endangering our biodiversity. Climate change has become the inevitable result of our past actions. According to a report published in India, cities consume two thirds of global energy use and 76% of the world's energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) are also emitted by cities through transport, industry, and building and construction related activities. Sustainable development has always been a key consideration for the development of India. Growing and developing our city state in an efficient, clean and green way by utilizing less resources; generating less waste; reducing pollution to the environment. In response to broad concerns regarding the environment and climate change, Green Library are becoming much more common and are increasingly in demand by Libraries. The online Dictionary of Library and Information Science defines Green Libraries as: A Library designed to minimize negative impact on the natural environment and maximize indoor environment quality by means of careful site selection, use of natural construction materials and biodegradable products, conservation of resources (water, energy, paper, responsible waste, disposal, Recycling etc). In new constructing and library renovation, sustainability is increasingly achieved through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification a Rating system developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 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. The main aim of this article to identify and create awareness about the reduction of energy consumption and energy cost in the Libraries. The green and energy saving design of library consists of the following parts: integrating energy management system in monitoring and control systems, complex vacuum glazing of building envelope, energy saving illuminating system, convertible frequency air-conditioner of HVAC and rainwater utilization system. In recent years, building energy consumption increased fast in India, especially the public buildings.Based on this research, some possible actions can be suggested for improving Library activities and output indicators towards mitigating the Climate Change and Global Warming.
Jankowska, Maria A.; Smith, Bonnie J.; Buehler, Marianne A. (2014). Engagement of academic libraries and information science schools in creating curriculum for sustainability: An exploratory study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(1), 45-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2013.10.013
In 2010, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education released, ``Sustainability curriculum in higher education: A call to action,'' encouraging infusion of sustainability topics into universities' teaching and research. Since then, academic programs and research related to social, economic, and environmental sustainability have enriched university curricula. An exploratory study was conducted to determine the position and engagements of academic libraries and information science schools in their contributions to scholarly sustainability activities and curricular initiatives. This article presents the results of the study which reveals a number of engagements by library professionals in the areas of sustainability, such as increasing open access to research, building sustainability-related collections and research guides, and incorporating sustainability content into information literacy. While academic libraries and information science schools are engaged in a broad spectrum of initiatives that support their institutions' sustainability research and curricular functions, this study indicates that such activities require a more targeted approach.
Ehrlicher, Heike; Wagner, Janet (2022). Engagement, Ideenreichtum und viel Motivation: Bibliotheken und ihr Beitrag zur UN-Agenda 2030 / Gemeinsame Online-Workshops. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 74(4), 172-173
Das Weiterbildungszentrum der Freien Universität Berlin bietet seit vielen Jahren ein vielfältiges und etabliertes Programm für Öffentliche und Wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken an. Unter dem Titel »Bibliotheken sind Akteurinnen der Nachhaltigkeit! Die Nachhaltigkeitsziele der Agenda 2030 kennenlernen und für die eigene Bibliothek nutzen« führten die beiden Autorinnen dieses Beitrags, Heike Ehrlicher, Direktorin des Schweizer Bibliotheksverbands Bibliosuisse, und Janet Wagner von der Universitätsbibliothek (Team Kommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit der Bibliotheken) der Freien Universität Berlin, im Weiterbildungsprogramm 2021 zwei erfolgreiche Online-Workshops durch. Ein weiterer Termin wird im September 2022 angeboten. Kurz vor Jahresende 2021 waren die beiden Referentinnen mit diesem digitalen Programm auch noch im Weiterbildungsangebot der Universität Innsbruck engagiert.
Dadzie, Perpetua S.; Martin-Yeboah, Ebenezer; Tachie-Donkor, Gloria (2016). Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all: the role of Ghanaian academic libraries in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016, Columbus, OH.
Good health and well-being are central to human development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 highlights the aspirations of this new universal agenda towards healthy living and well-being by 2030. All institutions, stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership are expected to help national government attain the SDGs. This paper assesses the role of ten academic libraries in Ghana in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal 3. Using the case study approach, ten librarians were interviewed to ascertain the current and future roles in attaining the SDG3, their mode of collaboration and the challenges they encounter in the implementation of SDG3. Findings reveal that librarians have been collaborating with health and allied institutions in an often subtle manner to address some health concerns of the communities they serve. Traditional authorities, youth groups, faith-based organisations as well as government agencies were identified as potent partners for libraries to collaborate with to help attain the SDG 3. Interpersonal methods such as Focus Group Discussions and role-play, as well as mass methods such as print, electronic and social media, posters and flyers were identified as efficient means to reach out to people for the purposes of ensuring healthy lives and well-being. Issues which emerged as possible threat to this effort include perceived role conflict, funding, credibility of information, community acceptance. It is recommended that for any initiative of this nature to succeed, there must be a strong policy at the local or inter-institutional level for increased cooperation. Librarians on the other hand, are expected to assert themselves and play a strong advocacy role in addressing an important national agenda such as the SDG3.
Freie Universität Berlin; Zentrale Online-Redaktion (2019). Entspannen unter Strom: Stromerzeugendes Fahrradergometer für Studierende in der Philologischen Bibliothek der Freien Universität aufgestellt
Besucherinnen und Besucher der Philologischen Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin haben seit dem 10. Januar die Möglichkeit, nicht nur Bücher zu wälzen, sondern auch in die Pedale zu treten. Auf Anregung der Bibliotheksangestellten Janet Wagner wurde im Lounge-Bereich in der dritten Etage der Bibliothek ein Fahrradergometer zur Verfügung gestellt. So können Nutzerinnen und Nutzer sich zwischen ihren Lernphasen bewegen und ablenken oder während des Lesens strampeln. Die körperlichen Mühen haben aber auch einen umweltfreundlichen Mehrwert: Das Fahrradergometer erzeugt beim Radeln Strom, der zum Aufladen von Smartphones oder anderen mobilen Endgeräten ausreicht.
Knapp, Veronika (2020). Entwicklungsziele im Bibliotheksalltag verankern. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 6-7
Was können öffentliche Bibliotheken zur Umsetzung der 17 globalen nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele beitragen? Einige Erfahrungen aus der Stadtbibliothek Innsbruck.
Dias, Sandra Moura (2017). Environmental Sustainability for public libraries in Portugal: A first approach. Electronic Green Journal, 1(40), 1-15
This article shares the results of the investigation on environmental sustainability practices within public libraries in Portugal for the Master Course in Library and Information Science at Lisbon University. The work intends to be a line of thought that meets the goals for sustainable development outlined by the United Nations and the International Federation of Libraries Association - a proposal for the inclusion of libraries and information in the post-2015 agenda. The research of green libraries around the world demonstrated a growing number that applies environmental sustainability criteria in their strategic and management action. Emerging academic research, conferences and seminars devoted to the theme proposed revision of the academic curriculum in Library Information Science. Library professional associations worldwide are creating working groups and encourage debate on environmental sustainability and the concept of "global library". To understand the Portuguese situation in this matter, questionnaires were sent to all municipal libraries in each district, resulting in a sample of 84 public libraries. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Electronic Green Journal is the property of Electronic Green Journal 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.
Singh, Priti; Mishra, Rajani (2019). Environmental Sustainability in libraries through green practices/services. Library Philosophy and Practice, 2312
This paper is an attempt to discuss the role of green practices/services which are incorporated within libraries towards environmentally sustainable. With continuous use and easy availability of new technologies like computer printers, faxes, and photocopiers etc. it is very important to protect the environment. Since, all these machines have an impact using paper, ink, and electricity on the environment. This paper begins with an explanation of sustainability, environmental sustainability, green printing, and copying etc. Further, demonstrates the various sustainable strategies for the libraries. And also highlights the strategies for overcoming the impact of paper use, ink use and electricity. This paper will also provide a different approach for librarians to achieve green practices/services. The adverse impact of new technologies on the environment also increases the requirement of green practices/services within libraries and reducing the carbon footprint, which will automatically enhance the environmentally sustainable practices, a valuable step for enhancing the lifestyle of society.
Simpson, Martha Seif (1995). Environmental awareness activities for librarians and teachers: 20 interdisciplinary units for use in grades 2-8. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN: 9780786400645
The 20 environmental units here are divided into three broad categories (Our Planet's Resources, Our Planet's Natural Habitats, and Preserving Our Planet), and include such subjects as the atmosphere, water, energy, seas and oceans, rain forests, grasslands, urban environments, and waste and recycling. Each unit gives specific activities in library skills, arts and crafts, spelling and vocabulary, geography, math, music and theater arts, English composition, science, history and sociology, and other topics for discussion for grades two through eight. Suggested resources, additional reading lists and a list of addresses to write to for further information conclude each environmental unit.
Manna, Dibyendu; Chakraborty, Susmita (2021). Environmental consciousness as perceive among Government Sponsored Town Libraries in Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India: A study.
The present study deals with the environmental consciousness as perceive among Government Sponsored Town Libraries in Cooch Behar. The objectives of the present study is to find how environmental consciousness as perceive among Government Sponsored Town Libraries in Cooch Behar to prevent global warming? The study is to answer the entire question. The study of above topic has been based on questionnaire method. All the data have been collected from 7 (Seven) Government Sponsored Town Library through a standard questionnaire based on some parameters which have been taken from IFLA (International Federation of Library Association and Institution) green library guide line and from other synchronous and asynchronous mode. Collected data has been analyzed and presented in the form of tables. Interpretation has been drawn on the basis of analysis data. References cited are based on American Psychological Association style.
Fedorowicz-Kruszewska, Malgorzata (2020). Environmental education in libraries -- theoretical foundations and practical implementation. Library Management, 41(4/5), 279-293. DOI: 10.1108/LM-12-2019-0087
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explain the concepts related to environmental education in the context of sustainable development, to indicate the links between them as well as to identify and organize elements of library activities that have the potential to implement environmental education. Design/methodology/approach The method of analysis and criticism of scientific and professional literature and research reports was used. The multiple case study method was also used. Findings An analysis of literature and multiple case studies confirms the assumption that sustainable development is now a new paradigm of librarianship. Among the goals of sustainable development are environmental goals, which in libraries can be achieved through environmental education. A broad approach to environmental education has been proposed, which is implemented not only by using library services but also by building green collections, contacts with environmentally involved librarians, using ecological library infrastructure, observing sustainable management methods in libraries, cooperation between the library and the external environment in terms of the natural environment. Research limitations/implications An analysis of 20 case studies was carried out regarding the implementation of pro-environmental measures in libraries. Examination of a larger number of case studies would probably give a more complete picture of this area of activity in libraries. The next stage of research should be the development of standards/guidelines in the field of environmental education in libraries, and then the development of methods and techniques for assessing the quality of library activities in this area and methods for assessing the impact of libraries on society and the environment in the field of environmental education. Practical implications The paper indicates -- based on case study analyses -- those library elements that have potential in the field of environmental education. They were ordered in categories that were assigned to the three main components of a library: people, artefacts and processes. Social implications Sustainable development is a new library paradigm. The paper focuses on the environmental area, specifically environmental education. It has been recognized that libraries have considerable potential for environmental education and should be seen as socially responsible organizations that take responsibility for the impact of their decisions and actions on society and the environment. Originality/value The paper explains the basic concepts of environmental education and the relationships between them. It defines the area of environmental education in libraries in terms of library activity elements that can be used to organize them according to the three main components of a library, which are people, artefacts and processes. The paper also indicates that sustainable development should be treated as a new paradigm of librarianship, and environmental education as a new research field of library and information science.
Jankowska, Maria Anna (2012). Environmental programs and green practices: An American Library Association timeline from 1989-2010. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 209-223). Library Juice Press
Cardoso, Nathalice Bezerra (2018). Environmental responsibility in Brazilian libraries: Applying environmental management, disseminating environmental information and putting into practice. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 60-74). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-007
In addition to the construction of sustainable buildings, there are several actions that can be applied to a librarian’s everyday activities aiming at sustainability. The goal of this study is to present through examples how librarians, as managers, citizens and professionals, can put environmental management into practice in their work environment. Libraries have a major potential to develop actions for sustainability, as they are one of the most common cultural facilities in Brazilian cities and towns. They should be an example for society, incentivise production of knowledge as well as spread information and environmental knowledge. This work also highlights the importance of creating partnerships with other institutions to make libraries increasingly sustainable. Sustainable libraries will help to produce critical thinking aiming to reduce humans’ ecological footprint, contribute to the sustainable development of a region and thus improve people’s quality of life. We conclude that it is crucial that library science develops a relationship with sustainability to collaborate to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Zastrow, Jan (2019). Environmental sustainability and climate action in libraries and archives. Computers in Libraries, 39(10), 11-14
Climate change will affect libraries and archives in ways we can hardly yet fathom, and it’s happening faster than any of us imagined. The 2018 report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), written and edited by 91 scientists from 40 countries analyzing more than 6,000 scientific studies, found that the immediate consequences of climate change are far more dire than originally predicted.
Townsend, Andrea K. (2014). Environmental sustainability and libraries: Facilitating user awareness. Library Hi Tech News, 31(9), 21-23. DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-07-2014-0059
Purpose The purpose of this research paper is to examine how Canadian Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified libraries are facilitating awareness about environmental sustainability to library users. Design/methodology/approach Twenty-four Canadian LEED-certified libraries were surveyed regarding internal initiatives, and methods used to promote their certification and green building features to library users. Findings The research found that the majority of Canadian LEED-certified libraries were incorporating a variety of internal initiatives and methods to highlight their LEED-certification to library users. The findings show the majority of these libraries were actively involved in creating awareness about this topic to library users. Originality/value This research may provide valuable information for libraries wanting to incorporate initiatives that bring awareness to environmental sustainability, or for libraries wanting to use existing green building features to help leverage awareness and learning about this topic.
Qutab, Saima; Faruqui Ali, Z.; Shafi Ullah, F. (2016). Environmentally sustainable library buildings: Opportunities and challenges for Asian countries. Paper presented at the 82nd IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Energy crisis and environmental challenges are becoming greater economic, health and social concerns of the day. Building design and construction processes, whether in the developing or developed world, have to address environmental issues. Library buildings, commonly known as intellectually stimulating and scholarly community places, have been, for some time dealing with this pressing need in quite a few countries. The Green Library Movement discussions in terms of building design and construction of libraries have been going on for a few decades, but only a handful of libraries with green or environmentally sustainable design have been built so far in the Asian context. In most cases, the budget allocation for library buildings is low making the case for sustainable and energy efficient buildings, stronger. This research tries to shed light on the opportunities and challenges of green or environmentally sustainable library buildings, focusing specifically on Asian countries with locally available resources, standards and climate assessments.
Geißler, Jens A.; Schumann, Tim (2017). Ernte Deine Stadt: Die Stadtbibliothek Bad Oldesloe betreibt mit ganz unterschiedlichen Partnern nachhaltige und grüne Bibliotheksarbeit - und erhält dafür den "IFLA Green Library Award 2017". BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 69(11), 640-643
International Federation of Library Associations_and_Institutions (IFLA) (2018). Esempi, educatrici, facilitatrici: Biblioteche e sostenibilità: Come le biblioteche contribuiscono alla sostenibilità.
Le biblioteche sono senza dubbio un precoce esempio di economia della condivisione. Acquistando i libri collettivamente (sia tramite sottoscrizione nel caso di biblioteche private, sia con le tasse nel caso di biblioteche pubbliche), si sono dimostrate un ottimo modo di massimizzare l'accesso riducendo i consumi.
Mittrowann, Andreas; Sprißler, Ingo (2013). Ethisches Handeln vs. ökonomische Anforderungen: Umweltmanagement in einem mittelständischen Unternehmen am Beispiel der ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 381-392). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2317
Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltmanagement in Unternehmen haben in den vergangenen Jahren vor dem Hintergrund von Globalisierung, dem veränderten Bewusstsein der Konsumenten und als Wettbewerbsfaktor eine gestiegene Bedeutung erhalten. Die ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH als größter deutscher Komplettanbieter für Bibliotheken hat im Jahr 2011 ein Umweltmanagement eingeführt sowie eine Zertifizierung nach DIN EN ISO 14001 erlangt. Diese DIN ist auf dem Weg, eine ebenso große Bedeutung zu erlangen wie die ISO 9001, die inzwischen zu einem internationalen Maßstab für das Qualitätsmanagement geworden ist. Diese DIN-Norm hilft Unternehmen bei der systematischen, dokumentierten, objektiven und regelmäßigen Bewertung ihrer Leistung für die Umwelt. Der Beitrag fokussiert auf das Thema Umweltmanagement und schildert die grundlegenden Überlegungen vor der Einführung und geht auf die Prozessschritte ein. Ein Ausblick auf die geplanten, weiteren Schritte und eine Vision für die Unternehmenszukunft in diesem Bereich schließen die Darstellung ab. Against the background of globalization and a new awareness by customers, sustainability and environmental management have become more and more important. In 2011 ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH, the largest German library supplier, implemented an environmental management strategy and achieved DIN EN ISO 14001 certification. This certification is becoming as important as the certification ISO 9001, which is an international measure of requirements for quality management systems. The DIN 14001 standard supports companies in systemology, and well-documented, objective and continual evaluation of their environmental performance. This article takes as its theme environmental management and describes the basic considerations to be taken into account before the introduction of such a management approach. It describes the steps to be taken throughout the process. To conclude the article, the next stage in the process is described and a view of where the business is going in terms of environmental awareness is outlined.
Please send comments, additions or suggestions to the bibliography to Beate Hörning.
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