Laštro, Kata (2022). Green Literacy. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(1), 29-30
The educational project under the named `Zelena pismenost' (Green literacy) is aimed at preserving cultural heritage, natural (herbal) heritage, and language. Collaboration between Kata Laštro, the project's author, and Knjivznica Velenje (City Library Velenje, Slovenia) began in 2014.
Olsen, Randy; McAfee, Christopher (2013). Green and growing: The impact of a LEED library on an organization’s sustainable practices. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 257-268). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2307
In 2009, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened a new library designed to meet the rigorous standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council for newly constructed facilities. The success of the project was officially recognized when the Church History Library received its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. This paper will trace how building plans originally focused on preserving archival materials were expanded to address larger environmental concerns. Also explored will be the impact a single green facility can have on the sustainable practices of an entire organization. Topics covered will include the Church History Library, its mission and collections; the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design programme; special environmental design characteristics of the Church History Library building; data on recycling efforts in the library and its parent organization; organizational impact of constructing a LEED-certified facility. Im Jahr 2009 eröffnete die Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints eine neue Bibliothek, deren Entwurf den strengen Standards des U.S. Green Building Council für neu errichtete Gebäude entsprach. Der Erfolg des Projektes wurde in der Öffentlichkeit wahrgenommen, als die Church History Library ihr Zertifikat Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) erhielt. Dieser Beitrag zeichnet nach, wie Neubaupläne, die ursprünglich auf die Erhaltung von Archivmaterialien abzielten, erweitert wurden, um weiterreichende, umweltbezogene Anliegen einzubeziehen. Es wird ferner der Einfluss untersucht, den ein einzelnes grünes Gebäude auf die nachhaltigen Praktiken der ganzen Trägerorganisation haben kann. Behandelt werden der Auftrag und die Sammlungen der Church History Library, das Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Programm, die auf Nachhaltigkeit bezogenen Spezifika im Entwurf für das Church History Library Gebäude, Daten zu den Recylingmaßnahmen in der Bibliothek und ihrer Trägerorganisation sowie die Auswirkungen des Baus eines LEED zertifizierten Gebäudes auf die Trägerorganisation.
Barnes, Laura L. (2012). Green buildings as sustainability education tools. Library Hi Tech, 30(3), 397-407. DOI: 10.1108/07378831211266546
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of green building technologies and practices and illustrate how public libraries can use them as tools to teach their communities about sustainability and foster behavior change. Design/methodology/approach – Through literature searches, case studies analysis, and individual phone and e‐mail interviews, the author identified ways that public libraries can use their buildings to demonstrate green technologies and practices and show their patrons how to apply them at home, at work, and in the community. Findings – Education is a component of LEED certification. Many LEED certified libraries publicize a list of the green technologies used in their building projects. Some sponsor programs related to the green building and include permanent displays in the library to explain how the technology works. The Fayetteville Public Library went beyond these basic techniques to not only improve the sustainability of their operations but also become a community test bed for a renewable energy project. Originality/value – This paper sheds light on how building projects can be used not only to educate the public about green technologies and practices, but also inspire others to begin using similar techniques at home, at work, and in the community.
Kanda, Leah (2016). Green buildings in Kenya: A review of the Catholic University (CUEA) Library
A while back , I managed to have a chat with the designer of the famous CUEA Learning Resource Centre, an icon of sustainable construction in Kenya. The article was originally published in The Quantity Surveyor Journal. Here's is the original article. Take a read.
Mwanzu, Arnold; Bosire-Ogechi, Emily; Odero, Damaris (2023). Green initiatives towards environmental sustainability: Insights from libraries in Kenya. IFLA Journal, 49(2), 269-285. DOI: 10.1177/03400352221135012
Environmental protection is an increasingly pressing issue all over the world. Ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, global climate change and global warming are among the rising environmental concerns. The increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers has resulted in numerous Go Green campaigns and a Go Green movement, along with solutions and calls for consumers, corporations and governments to be more proactive in going green in every aspect. Libraries are no exception. Although it is so important, little is known about the green-library concept in the African context and among Kenyan libraries. Like some other developing countries, Kenya has responded to climate change in various ways because of its adverse impacts. It is important to explore how libraries are planning for a sustainable future. Subsequently, this study aimed to explore the adoption of green-library concepts in Kenya for environmental sustainability with a view to proposing strategies that can be used to guide libraries in going green. The study adopted a qualitative approach. A sample of 12 libraries was purposively drawn from a population of 227 academic, public and special libraries in Kenya. Data was collected using semi-structured interview schedules complemented by observation and a document review, and analysed using grounded theory. The findings show that libraries in Kenya, under their umbrella organizations, have taken advantage of their knowledge of green concepts through adopting and implementing green practices and coming up with strategies to enhance green libraries and promote environmental sustainability. They have done this mainly through redesigning and renovating to meet ever-changing user demands in line with green-library standards. The study concludes that librarians in Kenyan libraries understand green-building concepts and have adopted different green initiatives, albeit partially to reposition and maintain their position globally. The study proposes three strategies for fully going green: active user involvement in green initiatives; improving performance and growth measuring metrics; and maintaining green-library standards in accordance with the IFLA's Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB) green-library checklist.
Datta, Swati (2015). Green is the new black: Bringing the libraries into the green scene. International Journal of Digital Library Services, 5(3), 59-68
The green cover is depleting at an alarming rate and the big industrialists and the common man alike, are making all possible efforts to cause as much irreparable damage to the environment as possible, with each passing year. This article deals with how the impact of damage to environment also falls equally on libraries and in what ways can library professionals fight them back by just going outside the limits of conventional thinking. Librarians need to embrace GREEN and should promulgate & broadcast it to fellow librarians thus making it more than a place to check out reading materials. Paper canvasses how ICT captivates the librarians to ``Live Green, Love Green & Think Green'' also touching upon the false practice of Greenwashing.
Williams, Beth Filar (2012). Green librarians blogging. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 159-166). Library Juice Press
Parmar, Rakesh D.; Kamdar, Namarta Hitesh (2021). Green libraries. Library Philosophy and Practice, 6664
The making of green libraries is moving toward a tipping point, producing a Green Library Movement, which is contained administrators, libraries, urban communities, towns, school and college grounds focused on greening libraries and lessening their ecological effect. Developing a green library building utilizing an exhibition standard is a way a few libraries are deciding to become green and practical. The paper examines about the different measures for greening the library other than building green library structures. It likewise advances different ideas and techniques for greening existing libraries and furthermore examine the need and significance of executing green library ideas.
Kumar, S. Kishore; D, Vinod (2021). Green libraries - road map to sustainable development - a case study. International Journal of Research in Library Science, 7(1), 85-91. DOI: 10.26761/IJRLS.7.1.2021.1369
The increasing threats of climate change and global warming are bringing rapid changes in the library system in its design and operating standards. Worldwide, countries are adopting green protocols in the fight against global warming. This paper analyses various national and international standards and national efforts in India to implement Green library standards in various academic institutions. The paper also attempts to provide comparative methods of green library practices of different libraries in India. Innovative recommendations for the implementation of green library are given in the findings of the study.
Fedorowicz-Kruszewska, Malgorzata (2021). Green libraries and green librarianship - towards conceptualization. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 53(4), 645–654. DOI: 10.1177/0961000620980830
Since the beginning of the 1990s, libraries have been undertaking a number of activities aimed at minimizing their negative impact on the environment. Those that show such activity are called ‘green libraries’. This term appears in scientific, professional and popular science literature, but its definitions are vague and ambiguous. A preliminary analysis of the content of publications dealing with the issue of green libraries shows a modest representation of theoretical and synthetic texts. This article aims to fill this gap. It has three goals: (1) clarification of the term ‘green library’, (2) conceptualization of the term ‘green librarianship’ and (3) determination of ‘green librarianship’ areas. To achieve them, first, an analysis of the environmental discourse on green libraries and green librarianship in library science literature was performed to abstract green library indicators. Then, these indicators were verified. The selection of the sample for research was deliberate. The materials were collected using the Library, Information Science & Technology Abstract (LISTA) bibliographic and abstract database. As a result, the number of green library indicators has been extended, which has made it possible to clarify the definition of this term. The definition of ‘green librarianship’ was then formulated, and the areas of green librarianship were indicated. Conceptualization of the terms ‘green library’ and ‘green librarianship’ constitutes the value of this article. The practical implication of the study is the expansion of the number of green library indicators. These indicators can be used to develop a codebook for the content analysis of documents in the discussed area. This article may also contribute to the development of methods for the evaluation of activities and development of green libraries.
Fialkoff, Francine (2008). Green libraries are local: Sustainability is no fad, and libraries can lead the way to real change. Library Journal, 133(11), 8
Great views, great people, great food, great libraries. Now I've got even more to love. The city, the library - and the state - are on an environmental sustainability track that is a model for us all.
Aulisio, George J. (2013). Green libraries are more than just buildings. Electronic Green Journal, 1(35), 1-10
Many colleges and universities across the United States have adopted sustainability in their curriculum and operations. Academic libraries need to support the mission of their university and therefore must also play their part in sustainability education and operations. The library and information science literature makes it appear that the hallmark of a textquotedblgreen librarytextquotedbl is an environmentally friendly building. There are very few academic libraries in the United States that are LEED certified. The author argues that a green library is something more than just the architecture. By using example initiatives and providing recommendations for green library operations, it can be determined that a green library does not necessarily entail a green building, but it does involve a green mission. [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. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Hauke, Petra; Grunwald, Marten; Wilde, Anike (2014). Green libraries coming up! National and international initiatives fostering environmental sustainable libraries and library services. BOBCATSSS 2014 Proceedings,
The paper will give an overview of worldwide international and national initiatives for ``Greening Libraries'' in order to draw attention and to raise awareness to both public as well as scholarly libraries to take a clear stand and create a visible green image for the library as an important part of their social responsibility. The paper will promote the idea that the mission of libraries should include the taking on of a leading role in teaching environmental responsibility to the public. Because a ``green'' image is a good image libraries should use their way of ``going green'' to promote a powerful green image towards their stakeholders, customers and sponsors. The upcoming LIS future generation should be encouraged to spread the ``Green library movement'' in their home libraries, their home library associations and their home countries.
Shah, Leena; Kumar, Sudhir; Kumar Shah, Mukesh (2015). Green libraries in Academic institutions; Need of the hour. International Journal of Research -GRANTHAALAYAH, 3(9SE), 1-5. DOI: 10.29121/granthaalayah.v3.i9SE.2015.3129
Explains term ``Green'' and special challenges met by libraries to be Green. Points out steps involved such as site selection, water and energy conservation, building material and indoor air quality. Briefly narrates few green libraries initiatives such as Fayetteville Public Library, Minneapolis (2004), Seattle Central Library (2004), National Library, Singapore (2005), Minneapolis Public Library (2006), and University of California (2005). Also discusses steps taken by TERI in developing GRIHA. Suggests for proper planning of buildings with solar energy system and roof water harvesting, etc.
Bangar, Machhindra S. (2018). Green libraries in India: An overview. Knowledge Librarian, Special issue(1), 222-230
Green design is an emerging trend, defining the library of the 21st century. Green Library Movement which comprised of librarians, libraries, cities, towns, college and university campuses is committed to greening libraries and reducing eco-degradation. The paper highlights the conditions of green library, role of a librarian, features of green library, Initiatives in India. It is also give an overview of green library and role of modern librarian to make green library. Environmental challenges like energy depletion and climate change will influence the type of information resources and programs libraries will provide to their communities. The trend in India is not only growing in numbers but also extends across the country. The paper concludes that librarians have to be keen on updating themselves on sustainability trends in the field of librarianship and should provide awareness and create the space in the libraries to exemplify the Green practices.
Scherer, Jeffrey A. (2014). Green libraries promoting sustainable communities: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2014, Lyon, France.
What is a sustainable community? How does the library as an institution, through the construction or renovation of a library building, promote and model sustainable behavior? The behavior and process that a library institution exhibits during the construction of a library building establishes an important community bond between the institution and the citizens it serves. Citizens not only learn from the process but they also begin to understand how to model their behavior. Libraries, in turn, learn from their citizens who are increasingly demanding a deeper commitment to sustainable practices in the construction, operation and maintenance of their libraries. Besides these community-centric relationships, the buildings themselves can model best practices. Specifically, the community dialogue and listening process is crucial to establishing trust between the institution and the citizens. Without this trust, the success of a sustainable community will falter. This paper uses examples of these best practices and discusses the lessons learned for promoting sustainable communities through library design, building and operations.
Blanchard, Mark A. (2010). Green libraries work. American Libraries, 41(1/2), 8
A letter to the editor is presented concerning the remodeling of the Northland College Dexter Library in Ashland, Wisconsin.
Bothmer, Eleonore von (2021). Green libraries: "We have to react to social change'': Interview with Tim Schumann
More than just a place for bookworms – will the library of the future have vegetable patches on the roof and a repair café in the basement? Tim Schumann works at the Heinrich Böll Library in Berlin’s Pankow district and is co-founder of the “Green Libraries Network”. Here he explains why public libraries have to redefine their role. (February 2021)
Tripathi, Sneha (2016). Green libraries: An approach to sustainable development. Pearl : A Journal of Library and Information Science, 10(2), 119-127. DOI: 10.5958/0975-6922.2016.00016.4
Sustainable development has become a global phenomenon since the United Nation has put forth time-bound and quantified targets to address various socio-economic issues such as poverty, education, equality in the form of `Millennium Development Goals'. Libraries are one of the best institutions for promoting the sustainable development of a democratic society. Amongst all, public libraries have major share of responsibility in the socio-economic development of a region. The present study elaborates various efforts taken up by the libraries and library associations to improve the quality of life by providing information access to the society.
Saha, Payel (2019). Green libraries: Effect to the academic institutions: A special study on US based libraries. Library Philosophy and Practise, 4, e1-9
The spiral concept of Green Library is captivating to the entire library professionals worldwide. This is also called sustainable library. The present paper discusses about overview of the technical development of green libraries of academic institutions in US based libraries and other developing countries i.e. UK, Canada and India. Which also focus on the workflow, features, aims and objectives, scope and limitations, betterment of green libraries and the role of librarians. The paper also focuses on the role of initiatives like UNDP, IGBC and LEED.
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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