Mulumba, Onan; Nakazibwe, Irene (2017). The emerging role of LIS professionals in combating adverse environmental effects. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2017 – Wrocław, Poland.
In modern librarianship there is a lot more need for practical engagement than just fostering information literacy and dissemination. The 2030 United Nations agenda emphasizes action points for environmental sustainability, which involve reduction of pollution and waste, governing the environment, boosting the renewable energy, health ecosystems, combating climate change, improving soil and water sanitation, increasing resource efficiency, and safeguarding the oceans. These actions necessitate collective responsibility from all stakeholders including; LIS professionals, policy makers, politicians, development partners and practitioners. The aim of this paper was to establish the practical and probable measures through which LIS professionals can engage in the action of environmental restoration. The study was informed by published literature on the involvement by LIS and other professionals, locally and internationally in environmental sustainability actions. An online questionnaire, with structured and open ended questions, was used to collect data from 60 LIS professionals in Africa, of whom the majority (55%) were from Uganda, 56.7% male, and 81.7% primarily working as librarians. The study revealed that LIS professionals are aware of environmental degradation activities though only 55% are aware of the global environmental strategy of the 2030 UN Agenda. Deforestation and air pollution were reported as the most commonly known activities which destroy the environment. It was established that LIS professionals and their affiliate institutions and organizations are mostly involved in the greening campaign more than any other activity. The main challenge to environmental conservation, as reported from the study, is lack of sufficient resources to support the planned activities, however, it was suggested that LIS professionals engage more in the development, implementation, and promotion of awareness campaigns for waste reduction and environmental literacy. Finally it was recommended that LIS professionals develop a strong collaboration with other stakeholders and engage in all other possible activities to enhance environmental sustainability.
Thomas, Valerie M. (2011). The environmental potential of reuse: An application to used books. Sustainability Science, 6(1), 109-116. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-010-0115-z
Reuse is generally considered to have environmental benefits, but it has not yet been widely adopted in environmental policy or strategy. In this paper, a simple model of second-hand markets is explored with a case study of used books that illustrates the behavior of the model and shows that such a model is consistent with the data. Three questions of the dynamics of reuse are addressed: (1) If it becomes easier to buy and sell used goods (via Internet markets or other means), by how much will sales of used goods increase? (2) When sales of used goods increase, by how much will sales of new goods decrease? (3) When is reuse better than recycling? Expanding from the case study, the model is used to examine how reuse affects the consumption of new goods, and the relative merits of reuse versus recycling. When the used goods market is small, the ratio of the price of used and new goods, an observable quantity, is approximately equal to the fractional decrease in sales of new goods that will result from increased sales of used goods. A formulation of the environmental impact of reuse and recycling is developed that includes the market impact of reuse. Illustrating this formulation for books with a simplified analysis, reuse of books through sales in a second-hand market is estimated to save more than twice as much energy, with considerable uncertainty, than making books from recycled paper. The formulation provides a basis for identifying products and markets for which reuse can be an effective environmental strategy.
Claesson, Lo (2018). The green corner at Vaggeryd Public Library: Beyond providing information about sustainable development for local residents in Sweden. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 77-85). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-008
Vučkovič, Ratka (2018). The green story of the Public Library Uzice, Serbia: Education for sustainable development through creative workshops for children. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 142-152). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-015
Eigenbrodt, Olaf (2013). The impact of standardization on responsible library design: Rereading ISO/TR 11219:2012 from a sustainability perspective. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 91-106). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2296
Standardization is an important part of successful building and construction today. The ISO/TR 11219:2012. Information and Documentation. Qualitative Conditions and Basic Statistics for Library Buildings; Space, Function and Design is a standardization document for librarians, architects and other professionals involved in library planning and construction. It provides guidelines and normative references as well as facts and figures concerning all parts of a library building. This chapter is a rereading of the Technical Report from a sustainability point of view. Sustainability as defined here is not a simple buzzword associated with environmental protection and resource efficiency, but a complex concept concerning socially, economically and ecologically responsible action. It becomes obvious that the Technical Report provides many standards and guidelines connected to the sustainability issue along these lines. Erfolgreiches Bauen ist heutzutage eng mit Standardisierung verbunden. Der ISO/TR 11219:2012. Information and Documentation. Qualitative Conditions and Basic Statistics for Library Buildings; Space, Function and Design ist ein Fachbericht für Bibliothekare, Architekten und andere beteiligte Fachleute im Bibliotheksbau. Er enthält Richtlinien und normative Referenzen sowie Kennzahlen und Daten für sämtliche Bereiche eines Bibliotheksbaus. Dieses Kapitel ist ein Wieder-Lesen des Technical Report unter dem Aspekt der Nachhaltigkeit. Im hier beschriebenen Sinne ist Nachhaltigkeit nicht nur ein einfaches Modewort, das mit Umweltschutz und Ressourcenschonung assoziiert wird, sondern ein komplexes Konzept, das soziale, ökonomische und ökologische Verantwortung in konkretes Handeln umsetzt. Es wird deutlich, dass der Technical Report viele Standards und Richtlinien bietet, die mit Nachhaltigkeit in diesem Sinne verbunden sind.
Moniz, Richard J.; Slutzky, Howard; Eshleman, Joe; Henry, Jo; Moniz, Lisa (2015). The mindful librarian: Connecting the practice of mindfulness to librarianship. Waltham, MA: Chandos Publishing. ISBN: 9780081005552
The Mindful Librarian: Connecting the Practice of Mindfulness to Librarianship explores mindfulness, approaching it in such a way as to relate specifically to the many roles or challenges librarians face. Coinciding with the increased need to juggle a variety of tasks, technologies, ebooks, and databases, the new Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy, and the challenges faced by solo librarians in school libraries which have suffered cutbacks in help in recent years, the time is exactly right for this publication. The authors hope to be helpful in some small way towards improving the joy and quality of life that librarians and library science students experience in their personal lives and jobs. The loftier goal would be to create a new lens from which to view librarianship, having a transformative impact on readers, and opening a new dialog within the profession. The topic of mindfulness is not new; it has been connected to various religious traditions in a wide variety of ways for centuries, most notably Buddhism. In the latter part of the 20th century, however, a secular version was popularized largely by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his work on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Massachusetts's Medical School. The medical benefits and the overall quality of life improvements from its adoption have exploded in recent years, in particular, the last two decades which have seen mindfulness traditions incorporated into education to a greater degree and with very positive results.
Antonelli, Monika (2012). The public library’s role in the transition towns movement. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 241-247). Library Juice Press
Cottrell, Megan (2018). The question of Little Free Libraries: Are they a boon or bane to communities?. American Libraries, 49(1/2), 32-36
They have been popping up in droves. On front lawns and street corners. In parks, community centers, and hospitals. You can even find them at beaches, malls, and barbershops. What started in 2009 with a box on one man's lawn has spawned 60,000 Little Free Libraries around the globe. The ubiquitous book-exchange boxes now outnumber public libraries in the US about three to one.
Hauke, Petra; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (2011). The second hand library building: Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Old buildings are being recycled into libraries all over the world. Many buildings were given a new purpose, such as an old grain silo, a post office, barracks, a brewery, a factory, a railway station, and a horse stable, to name but a few that were transformed into a library. The process of rededication of a building with a former different usage into a library means per se a special aspect of sustainability -- it is quite obviously a matter of recycling. The transformation of an existing building with a prior non-library function into a library brings the challenge and the opportunity for sustainable thinking in library planning. As nonrenewable resources are decreasing, reusing and recycling are going to become increasingly necessary in the future. The recycling of old buildings means reducing the ecological footprint of library buildings in a cost-effective and efficient way. Beside ``green'' aspects like water conservation, energy conservation, recycled or sustainable building materials, indoor air quality, and solar power from photo-voltaic panels, the planning of an adaptive reuse is a very different task than the planning of a library in a totally new building. Some best practice case studies from libraries, not only in Germany, but other countries in Europe will be presented as well.
Hauke, Petra; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (2013). The second-hand library - a way of reducing the ecological footprint. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 175-194). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2302
Old buildings are being converted into libraries all over the world. The process of re-using a building which formerly had a different function into a library is quite obviously a recycling issue. The transformation of an existing building with a prior non-library function into a library brings the challenge and the opportunity for sustainable thinking in library planning. As non-renewable resources are decreasing, re-using and recycling are going to become increasingly necessary in the future. The recycling of old buildings means reducing the ecological footprint of library buildings in a cost-effective and efficient way. Quite apart from “green” aspects like water conservation, energy conservation, recycled or sustainable building materials, indoor air quality, and solar power from photovoltaic panels, the planning of an adaptive re-use is a very different task than the planning of a library in a totally new building. Some best-practice case studies from different countries are presented. Überall auf der Welt werden bestehende alte Gebäude in Bibliotheken umgewandelt. Dieser Prozess der Umwidmung eines Gebäudes mit einer vormals anderen Funktion ist ganz offensichtlich ein Fall von Recycling. Die Umwandlung eines Bestandsgebäudes in eine Bibliothek stellt eine Herausforderung und eine Chance dar, Nachhaltigkeitsaspekte in die Planung einzubringen. Da nicht erneuerbare Ressourcen schwinden, wird das Wiederverwenden und Recycling in Zukunft zunehmend notwendiger. Das Recycling eines alten Gebäudes bedeutet, den ökologischen Fußabdruck eines Bibliotheksgebäudes auf kosteneffiziente und effektive Weise zu verringern. Abgesehen von den ‚grünen‘ Themen wie z.B. die Verringerung des Wasserverbrauches, Energieeinsparung, die Verwendung von aufbereiteten und nachhaltig produzierten Baumaterialien, die Qualität der Innenraumluft oder die Nutzung von Solarenergie mittels Fotovoltaik ist die Nachnutzung eine gänzlich andere Herausforderung als die Planung eines völlig neuen Bibliotheksgebäudes. Drei Best Practice Beispiele aus unterschiedlichen Ländern sollen das illustrieren.
Hämäläinen, Tuula (2012). The steps are baby steps but going in the right direction. In Sonkkanen, Leila; Asikainen, Minna; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Green@library (S. 27-28).
Gisolfi, Peter (2011). This old library. American Libraries, 42(3/4), 38-40
The article discusses aspects of sustainable design, architecture, and construction in libraries. The author discusses the use of sustainable improvements in architecture to reduce consumption of energy in the U.S. and suggests that, as public spaces, library buildings are good candidates for updates in sustainable improvements. Topics include climate control, resistance to heat transfer, and zero-energy buildings.
Binks, Lisa; Braithwaite, Emily; Hogarth, Lisa; Logan, Andrew; Wilson, Stephanie (2014). Tomorrow's green public library. Australian Library Journal, 63(4), 301-312. DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2014.969417
This article provides recommendations that can be used by public library services and associated organisations when considering building or refurbishing library buildings. Recommendations range from simple and easy-to-implement practices and procedures, to large-scale building development. It also provides a framework for libraries to follow when designing a new building, refurbishing existing buildings and raising community awareness of the benefits of designing and running sustainable libraries. The article looks at sustainability and its importance within a library, refurbishment of library buildings, greener work practices and public education initiatives. Three key areas of sustainability are highlighted: building/refurbishing, sustainable practices and education. The recommendations and concepts noted in the article are demonstrated through a case study of the Melton Library and Learning Hub in Victoria. In the relative absence of relevant Victorian publications, Tomorrow's Green Public Library also serves as a resource guide to direct public libraries to further information and publications available. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Forrest, Charles; Munro, Karen; Zoellner, Kate (2012). Toward sustainable conferences: Going green at the 2009 ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 141-166). Library Juice Press
Banford, Jacqueline (2019). Towards digital literacy - Makerspaces in the public libraries of Berlin-Mitte: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
Makerspaces have permeated public libraries for a few years now -- a trend that has been fundamental to encouraging community building and enabling technical and practical education for all. The public libraries in the Central district of Berlin are embracing this important means of training by not only offering two permanent Makerspaces in two of their branches, but also by introducing a mobile MakerBus which will bring different formats to the community where needed. This new expanded service will serve our users in different ways: one Makerspace will focus further on digital skills by offering drone building classes, 3D printing and robotics; the second one will focus on more manual competences like sewing, stitching and hand-lettering but also embrace technology by offering a low-level introduction to photo and film making. The MakerBus will combine the best of both Makerspaces, offering modules in 3D printing, programming, sewing, and on top a small mobile workshop for fixing bikes and small electrical items, encouraging responsible consumption and less waste. We truly believe that by investing in and expanding these services, the Central district of Berlin will present its library users with the best in digital literacy education resting on three solid pillars of learning.
Staff of The Worthington Library (2010). Tracking trends in the future of Worthington Library. Public Library Quarterly, 29(3), 230-271. DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2010.502039
This article is a compilation of staff ideas about possible items to weave into the Worthington, Ohio, Public Library's 2010--2012 Strategic Plan. This ``Trend Tracking'' is accomplished in seven policy areas: (1) Early childhood literacy, (2) future role of libraries, (3) sustainability/green initiatives, (4) staff development, (5) fund-raising, (6) programming and outreach, and (7) other. Staff consulted a variety of periodicals, Web sites, and library literature to assess four elements of their suggested trend: (1) application to Worthington Libraries, (2) impact on patrons, (3) impact on staff, and (4) relevant Web site or bibliographic links that served as the source or enrichment of the suggestion. This article provides library professionals with a rare opportunity to observe the internal thinking of a library workgroup other than their own.
Trojok, A.; Hauke, P. (2018). Transform libraries – transform societies: Go green. Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Trojok, Antonia; Hauke, Petra (2018). Transform libraries – transform societies: Go green: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Following the current IFLA Conference motto “Transform Libraries – Transform Societies,” the poster “Transform Libraries – Transform Societies: Go Green” wants to raise awareness for libraries that follow the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Made by LIS students in a project seminar at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, it advertises an invitation to become a member of ENSULIB, one of IFLA’s SIG. The poster’s main focus, however, is the question of what a Green Library is and why sustainability is so important in modern society. It will introduce different concepts that can transform libraries and will also provide examples for a green environment that can be discussed by visitors. These, in addition to the self-evident need for Green Libraries, should engage people in conversation. Various icons and pictures will underline the aforementioned main points and liven up the DIN A0 poster. Speech bubbles will indicate statements with topics for further discussion. Because the poster will only include a brief overview of ENSULIB, the group’s website can be reached via QR-Code to provide more information. Furthermore, ENSULIB’s brand-new book project, to be published in the IFLA Publication Series, will be presented through flyers: textquotedblGoing Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries around the worldtextquotedbl.
Shaffer, Gary L. (2017). Triple bottom line sustainability: Economic and social considerations have a role in building sustainable libraries. American Libraries, 48()
Triple bottom line (TBL) sustainability is a framework that expands the realm of sustainability beyond the environmental to incorporate economic and social aspects. Let's face it---a library that is doing everything right by the environment but cannot afford to keep the doors open or pay its staff is not exactly sustainable.
Gaspar, Eva (2015). Umwelttage in der Bibliothek: Die Stadtbücherei Eggenburg hat die "Eggenburger Umwelt- und Energietage" ins Leben gerufen. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 16-17
Die Stadtbücherei Eggenburg hat die "Eggenburger Umwelt- und Energietage" ins Leben gerufen. Seit 2013 organisiert die Bibliothek in Kooperation mit der Stadt eine jährliche Veranstaltungsreihe rund um den Weltumwelttag.
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