Nolin, Jan (2010). Sustainable information and information science. Information Research, 15(2), 1-17
Introduction. Research linking sustainable development and information science has been sparse. In addition, while the United Nations early on recognized the importance of information for sustainable development, there has been very little progress in linking sustainable development with information related issues, such as information and communication technologies. A basic problem is the difficulty in connecting highly flexible concepts such as information andinformation society to the complex concept of sustainable development. Method. This paper reviews the development of the concept of sustainable development, discusses various failures connecting it to information as a strategic resource and attempts an articulation of the concept of sustainable information, building on sustainable development. Conclusions. Sustainable information is seen to consist of two distinct parts: information for sustainable development (seen as a resource for the project of sustainable development) and development of sustainable information (creating sustainable information and communication technologies). It is argued that an articulation of sustainable information is important for information science and neighbouring research disciplines. The paper concludes with suggestions on integrating concepts of sustainable information into educational programmes for information professionals. Specific emphasis is placed on sustainable information as an area to be developed within information ethics.
The article concerns a new libraries development strategy, which means taking account of the sustainable development concept in which the main emphasis is put on minimizing the negative influence on the natural environment, social and intergeneration justice. This organization activity concept plays more and more essential role nowadays, when there is growing natural environment devastation, social and economic anxiety and social stratification. The libraries have been interested in the idea of sustainable development since the 1990s. In the article, the sustainable library idea was presented as well as some selected examples of sustainable libraries, the appropriate tools for measuring these types of institutions and the prospects of their development.
Karioja, Elina; Niemitalo, Jorma (2013). Sustainable libraries: A pilot survey of international delegates attending the IFLA World Library and Information Conference 2012 and comparison with the Finnish national survey. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 137–150). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2299
This study aims to investigate sustainability awareness in libraries and compare the results between foreign and Finnish libraries. The study employed a descriptive survey method supported by a questionnaire. The survey was conducted at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki in August 2012 and it is a part of a Finnish national project “Sustainable development in libraries”. The Finnish-language questionnaire for public libraries was conducted in February 2012. The questionnaire was divided into five sections: environmental management, environmental economy, reduction of environmental burden, increase in environmental awareness and environmental communication. There were 141 respondents to the Finnish survey but disappointingly only 28 people answered the international survey. This statistically is not significant but the study gives some sense of the potential for investigating international opinion at a major conference such as IFLA. The study showed that there is much room for improvement in sustainability of libraries. Environmental communication seems to be the area that most needs improvement and the reduction of environmental burden is where libraries appear to be performing well. Significant differences were not noticed between Finnish and other libraries although it is not possible to draw definitive conclusions from such a small sample. Further research and more significant comparative studies on sustainability in libraries, in particular on social and economic sustainability, are required. Diese Studie untersucht das Bewusstsein für Nachhaltigkeit in Bibliotheken und vergleicht die Ergebnisse anderer Länder mit denen Finnlands. Die Studie wendet die Methode einer beschreibenden Untersuchung an, gestützt durch eine Umfrage. Die Untersuchung wurde während des IFLA World Library and Information Congress im August 2012 in Helsinki durchgeführt und ist Teil eines finnischen nationalen Projektes “Sustainable development in libraries”. Die Umfrage in finnischer Sprache wurde im Februar 2012 unter öffentlichen Bibliotheken durchgeführt und bestand aus fünf Abschnitten: Umwelt- management, Umweltökonomie, Reduktion der Umweltbelastung, Zunahme des Umweltbewusstseins und der umweltbezogenen Kommunikation. Es gingen 141 Antworten von finnischen Bibliotheken ein, aber enttäuschenderweise beantworteten nur 28 anwesende Bibliothekare den internationalen Fragebogen. Die Studie zeigt, dass zur Verbesserung der Nachhaltigkeit in Bibliotheken noch viel getan werden kann. Sowohl auf dem Gebiet der Kommunikation als auch bei der Reduzierung der Umweltbelastung scheinen Bibliotheken gut aufgestellt. Signifikante Unterschiede zwischen finnischen und anderen Bibliotheken wurden nicht festgestellt. Weitere Forschungen zur Nachhaltigkeit in Bibliotheken sind erforderlich, besonders hinsichtlich sozialer und ökonomischer Nachhaltigkeit.
Boyden, Lynn; Weiner, James (2000). Sustainable libraries: teaching environmental responsibility to communities. The Bottom Line, 13(2), 74-83. DOI: 10.1108/08880450010327699
Afacan, Yasemin (2017). Sustainable library buildings: Green design needs and interior architecture students' ideas for special collection rooms. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43(5), 375-383. DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.002
Alberts, Samantha Jane (2012). Sustainable library design: A case study of library construction on the East end of Long Island, N.Y. from 2007 to 2009. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 55-65). Library Juice Press
Ghorbani, Mahboubeh; Babalhavaeji, Fahimeh; Nooshinfard, Fatemeh (2016). Sustainable management requirements in libraries of Iran: A framework on grounded theory. Libri: International Journal of Libraries & Information Services, 66(3), 213-222. DOI: 10.1515/libri-2016-0022
With the implementation of sustainable management, libraries move towards sustainability and are converted into green libraries. The present study aimed to propose a model for sustainable management in Iranian libraries. This research was a qualitative and applied study. In order to obtain the required data and information, deep and semi-structured interviews with twelve experts in the fields of information and knowledge science and sustainable development were used. The interviewees were selected by a purposeful sampling method. For data analysis using grounded theory methodology, the topics raised by interviewees were coded and categorized in three steps. Fifty-five concepts from the coding stage were classified into six subcategories. In the final paradigm of sustainable management, these subcategories were classified into context, intervening and causal conditions, strategies, and consequences, which act in relation to the main category of sustainable management in order to establish a green library. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Manna, Dibyendu; Chakraborty, Susmita (2019). Sustainable strategies for making green image in University Libraries in Seven-Sister States, India: A study: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The study deals with the University Libraries in North-East Indian states (seven-sister states). The problem of the study is to find how far University Libraries in the area are practising environment safety measures to keep a green environment in the library interior and exterior premises. Study population is eight Central University Libraries and six State University Libraries in North-East India. Survey is done through a structured questionnaire based on IFLA green library guidelines as available in the book- The Green Library: the challenge of environmental sustainability edited by Petra Hauke, Karen Latimer and Klaus Ulrich Werner. The study finds some initiatives taken by these university libraries towards environmental sustainability.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2018). Sustainable thinking: Ensuring your library's future in an uncertain world. Chicago: American Library Association. ISBN: 9780838916889
How we talk about what we do is just as important as what we do, and in communicating the value of libraries to our society what our profession needs is confidence, determination, and the will to succeed. In this inspiring and pragmatic new book, Aldrich shows that the first step towards a sustainable library is sustainable thinking: a determined yet realistic attitude that will help your library spot opportunities for institutional advancement, advocate for and safeguard operating funds, and generate intense loyalty from the communities you serve. Nothing less than a compass to help chart the course of your library's future, this book begins with a situation report that examines the myriad societal disruptions that are impacting libraries and discusses why resiliency is a key component of sustainability; defines how sustainable thinking encompasses not just the environment but economics and social equity as well; provides strategies for supporting the core values of librarianship by following the Three Es of Sustainable Libraries; lays out a host of tactics to build intense loyalty to your library from the inside out, including ways to foster an organizational culture of sustainable thinking through policy changes and purposeful leadership; guides you in communicating effectively with the community, thereby ensuring that your advocacy connects with the maximum number of residents, opinion leaders, and decision makers; demonstrates how to use construction and renovation projects as unique opportunities for positive changes; and offers worksheets, discussion questions, checklists, additional resources, and many other useful tools that will help you put sustainable thinking into action. This book will show you how to harness sustainable thinking to move forward with confidence into the unknown
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah; Benton, Susan; Schaper, Louise; Scherer, Jeffrey A. (2013). Sustainable thinking: Passageway to better buildings, budgets and beyond. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 15-38). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2293
Whether you have a building project or not, sustainable thinking fosters partnerships, improves social equity and economic vitality, enhances environmental quality, increases revenue and conveys value. This paper will present a compelling argument on how to design with nature and to stay green after the building is finished and the move-in is complete. The article will elaborate on a platform for embedding an eco-ethic deep into day-to-day operations. In addition the article will explain the tools that libraries need to pursue a sustainable future in uncertain times. Besides these practical aspects of staying sustainable after the building is complete, the authors will discuss the macro-level thinking that is needed in the library organization and the crucial role architecture plays in creating positive chain reactions in the sustainable continuum. This macro thinking requires an understanding of the consequences of sustainable actions and non-actions with regard to social responsibility of integrity and ethical actions. These responsibilities can be viewed as a “social compact” – defined as an implicit agreement amongst members of society to act in ways that protect the personal well-being of all persons. As such, the authors will explore the relationship between behaviour, equity and money in the decision-making process used to become and stay sustainable in the library. Finally, all of these aspects will be related to the body, mind and spirit of the library patron.
Brungard, Allison; Bartek, Jennifer (2020). Sustaining sustainability: How our university library infused green practices on campus. American Libraries, 51(May 18)
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. Infusing green practices into a library involves little investment, yet yields large returns.
Scholing, Peter; Britten, Astrid (2017). Tablet cafés, code hours, preservation, and sustainability in libraries: The Aruba National Library and the UN Agenda 2030; A small island case study from the Caribbean. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2017, Wrocław, Poland.
In this paper, staff from Biblioteca National Aruba share examples of how library policy and sustainability are inseparably linked and interconnected, and how small-scale libraries can take on important roles in larger-scale processes, like the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Libraries are inherently designed as sustainable institutions, combining core societal values as literacy, lifelong learning, access to all, building societies and celebrating diversity and culture. This paper is a direct result of Biblioteca Nacional Aruba’s participation in IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme for Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda.
Andresen, Christine; Gustavson, Amy; Hisle, David; Reynolds, Matthew (2012). Tending the garden: Growing your own green library committee. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 93-103). Library Juice Press
Koloskova, Nina E. (2013). The "Green" Libraries of Moscow. Children's libraries in the Year of Environment. Bibliotekovedenie [Library and Information Science (Russia)], 6, 110-116. DOI: 10.25281/0869-608X-2013-0-6-110-116
The material is devoted to the project activities of Children's Libraries of Moscow, to the experience of forming the ecological world view of the readers, to ecologization of children's libraries.
Rinaldo, Constance; Smith, Jane (2017). The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Testing tools, enhancing content, linking institutions and contributing to Open Science: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2017, Wrocław, Poland.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a global collaborative established in 2006, with a mission to improve research methodology by making biodiversity literature openly available.. The purpose of this poster is to describe three recent grant-funded endeavors to improve BHL. The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) project, Foundations to Actions: Extending Innovations in Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners has 5 geographically distributed partners, each mentoring a resident. The goal is to plan a next-generation digital library and tools based on user priorities, using BHL as a test-bed for incorporating transcriptions, image searching, collection analysis and connections among museums, archives and biodiversity databases. Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature positions BHL as an on-ramp to the national digital library infrastructure, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Partners provide tools, support, including training, copyright permissions and dollars, to enable small content providers to contribute via BHL to DPLA. Finally, Zooniverse (which builds and hosts citizen science projects) developed Science Gossip as an investigation into the communication of science by images in both the Victorian period and today. Images in BHL are tagged using crowdsourcing, for better access and a better understanding of the range of individuals who established early science.
Kutt, Konrad (2018). The BookboXX: A sustainable street library. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 94-102). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-010
Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.) (2013). The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek: The challenge of environmental sustainability - Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit in der Praxis. (Band 161). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter Saur. ISBN: 978-3-11-030927-0
Contributions and case studies from Germany and other European countries, as well as from Asia, Australia and the US, demonstrate different aspects of reducing the "ecological footprint" in libraries. As well as looking at everyday procedures, the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability are considered as are achieving a positive image for the library and the role of sustainability in marketing. The book also includes examples of sustainability in libraries through short papers presenting interesting cases. Contributions by experts in their field are written in German or in English and all have German and English abstracts. The publication will be of interest to librarians from public, business, special and university libraries, teachers and students of library and information science as well as anyone interested in ecological solutions such as architects, library users, library governing bodies, certification agencies and professional library associations. Fachleute zeigen in übergreifenden Beiträgen und anhand von konkreten Fallbeispielen sowohl aus Deutschland wie aus anderen Teilen Europas, Asiens, Australiens und den USA, wie der ökologische Fußabdruck im Alltag der Bibliothek verringert werden kann und was Nachhaltigkeit für die soziale Verantwortung von Bibliotheken in ihrer Rolle als gesellschaftliche Multiplikatoren bedeutet. Die Beiträge sind entweder in Deutsch oder Englisch, die Abstracts sind konsequent zweisprachig verfasst. Der Sammelband richtet sich an Bibliothekare in Öffentlichen und in Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken sowie in Firmen- und Spezialbibliotheken, an Hochschullehrer und Studierende aus dem Bereich Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, darüber hinaus an alle, die sich für ökologische Nachhaltigkeit interessieren - Architekten, Bibliotheksträger, Zertifizierungsstellen sowie Bibliotheksorganisationen und verbände.
Antonelli, Monika (2008). The Green Library Movement: An overview and beyond. Electronic Green Journal, 27, 1
The creation of green libraries is approaching a tipping point, generating a Green Library Movement, which is comprised of librarians, libraries, cities, towns, college and university campuses committed to greening libraries and reducing their environmental impact. Constructing a green library building using a performance standard like LEED is a way some libraries are choosing to become green and sustainable. Environmental challenges like energy depletion and climate change will influence the type of information resources and programs libraries will provide to their communities. [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.
Gorjup, Branko (1997). The Green Library by Janice Kulyk Keefer: Review. World Literature Today, 71(3), 588-589. DOI: 10.2307/40152902
Carr, Mary M. (2013). The Green Library planner: What every librarian needs to know before starting to build or renovate. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. ISBN: 978-0-8108-8736-7
The Green Library Planner is designed for library building design teams who are not actively engaged in architecture or engineering, but need an introduction to green building. With this book, the librarian and related staff will be able to design and operate the library in the best and most efficient way.
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