Granger, Liz (2017). Leading the Green Revolution: Libraries inspire their communities through green initiatives. American Libraries, 48(11/12), 50-53
The article reports on libraries' efforts to develop green initiatives. It mentions the recycling and conservation programs spearheaded by the library at Michigan State University, the solar energy program at Mason City Public Library in Iowa, and programs at libraries in Austin, Texas and Berkeley, California.
Hage, Eva Katharina (2022). Lebensmittelrettung sichtbar machen: Stadtbibliothek Pankow startet Modellprojekt gegen Lebensmittelverschwendung in Berlin. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 74(4), 167
Die Heinrich-Böll-Bibliothek Pankow führt im Rahmen der Kampagne "Berlin is(s)t klimafreundlich ein Modellprojekt durch. Sie nimmt Lebensmittelspenden entgegen.
Schnupper-Workshop für Grüne Kosmetik in der Öffentlichen Bibliothek Sitzenberg-Reidling.
Hauke, Petra; Hörning, Beate; Kaufmann, Andrea (2019). Let's Go Green! Bericht von der ersten "International Green Libraries Conference" in Zagreb. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 71(1), 10-11
Segarra, Melanie Padilla (2015). Let's go green!. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 6-7
Bibliotheken können "grüne" Trends aufnehmen - und ihr ökologisches Engagement auch gewinnbringend vermarkten. Über die Entwicklung eines Zertifikats für grüne Bibliotheken.
Wagner, Janet (2022). Let's go green! Die Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin: Nachhaltigkeit und soziale Verantwortung in Strategie und Praxis. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 74(4), 174-176
"Nachhaltigkeit und Verantwortung: Wir nehmen unsere Verpflichtung gegenüber den zukünftigen Generationen wahr. Deswegen prüfen wir unsere Entscheidungen stets auf ihre Nachhaltigkeit im ökologischen, ökonomischen und sozialen Sinn und richten unser Handeln entsprechend verantwortungsbewusst aus." (aus "Strategie für das Bibliothekssystem der Freien Universität Berlin")
Civallero, Edgardo (2017). Libraries and degrowth. Paper presented at the IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017, ENSULIB - Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries. Organized by IFLA Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group, Berlin, Germany.
McColgan, Katherine (2019). Libraries and sustainability - The building of a Canadian federation: Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
Libraries have been part of sustainable development. This paper discusses how the IFLA guidelines for libraries, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Canada 2030 Sustainable Development Goals helped shape the strategic plan of CFLA-FCAB and align our work in support of those goals.
Tanner, René; Ho, Adrian K.; Antonelli, Monika; Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (Hrsg.) (2022). Libraries and sustainability: Programs and practices for community impact. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-3794-5
Library workers at all types of organizations, as well as LIS students learning about this newest Core Value of Librarianship, will find this book an easy-to-digest introduction to what staff at a range of libraries have accomplished in incorporating sustainability into their decision making and professional practices. In addition, a discussion about the role of economics and sustainability will challenge readers to stretch in new ways to positively impact their communities. As a core value of librarianship, sustainability is not an end point but a mindset, a lens through which operational and outreach decisions can be made. And it extends beyond an awareness of the roles that libraries can play in educating and advocating for a sustainable future. As the programs and practices in this resource demonstrate, sustainability can also encompass engaging with communities in discussions about resilience, regeneration, and social justice.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2017). Libraries and sustainable thinking: Convening communities and being part of the solution for a better world. American Libraries, 48(April 20)
The conversation about sustainability and libraries is no longer a pet project but rather a vital part of the strategy to ensure that libraries are around for the long haul. If you believe, like I do, that libraries make the world better, then you have come to the right place. Our work has never been more important, and it is time for us to harness our power, prestige, and potential in a much bigger way.
LaRue, James; et al (1991). Libraries and the Environment. Wilson Library Bulletin, 65(6), 26-43
Three articles address issues that relate to libraries and the environment. Highlights include recycling projects; buying recycled paper products and other ecology-minded purchasing ideas; energy-efficient libraries; indoor pollution problems; a list of environmental information sources; designing library buildings; and activities that libraries can use to promote Earth Day.
Montes Baffier, Véronique; Dister, Sarah (2019). Libraries and the SDGs: how the FAO Library is translating SDGs into tangible knowledge: Poster presented at IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The FAO Library has implemented a monthly e-Bulletin on specific UN and FAO events related to the SDGs. Following the Organization goals to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the library is translating SGDs into tangible knowledge for staff in HQ and the field, broadening the dissemination of FAO output worldwide with open access to developing countries and by providing direct full text access to the most up to date literature, extended bibliographies and historical documents on the SDGs.
International Federation of Library Associations_and_Institutions (IFLA) (2018). Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: A storytelling manual.
The Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- a storytelling manual is a guide for librarians and library advocates to support you in your advocacy efforts. The Library Map of the World (LMW) team have compiled some tips and useful information to help you write compelling stories about your library activities, projects and programmes, and their impact on communities. Consequently, we would like to share your story about your library's contribution to the SDGs through the LMW website.
Dankowski, Terra (2019). Libraries as Sustenance: Distributing food in public libraries can abate hunger, waste, and even vandalism. American Libraries, 50(June 23)
The United States has a dilemma: It wastes 150,000 tons of food each day, but millions of people experience hunger and food insecurity. Libraries can help to support food saving programs.
Mansour, Essam (2020). Libraries as agents for development: The potential role of Egyptian rural public libraries towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals based on the UN 2030 Agenda. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52(1), 121-136. DOI: 10.1177/0961000619872064
The key purpose of this study is to investigate the potential role of Egyptian rural public libraries, being one of the social agents for development, towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals according to the United Nations Agenda for 2030. To meet the objectives and questions of the study, a multi-faceted research methodology was adopted and conducted in the period from September to November 2017. The study used a qualitative approach in terms of personal interview, discussion and observations of group meetings, and examination of documents to investigate the implementation of community development programmemes and services in 34 rural public libraries representing the four main administrative divisions comprising Egypt. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals have been discussed with ways in which Egyptian rural public libraries can include and meet them. Challenges facing libraries in the provision of information (poor infrastructure, inappropriate collections and related facilities and services, high levels of illiteracy, lack of funding and cooperation between related agencies, inappropriate training of library and information professionals, lack of studies and surveys, as well as analyses of information needs of rural communities) have also been emphasized. This study concluded that Egyptian rural public libraries have struggled to be part of the United Nations Agenda for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. They have tried as much as possible to integrate and adapt to the surrounding community in light of the common economic, political and social factors and conditions. Despite these challenges, these libraries showed a good response that is characterized as somewhat positive, though not sufficient, toward the achievement of these goals.
Vermeire, Geert (2020). Libraries as gardens: Creative project
Libraries as Gardens is a collective project, curated by Belgian writer and artist Geert Vermeire, and was launched at the Analogio Performance Arts Festival 2018 in Athens, exploring how gardens and libraries overlap, departing from the relation between inside/outside, involving walking, writing and site-specific practices. In the initial project in Athens in 2018 a group of international artists researched artistically how gardens and their trees can become a library in the public space of Athens, complemented with an exhibition in TAF - The Art Foundation.
Beutelspacher, Lisa; Meschede, Christine (2020). Libraries as promoters of environmental sustainability: Collections, tools and events. IFLA Journal, 46(4), 347-358. DOI: 10.1177/0340035220912513
Striving for a balance between economic development and environmental protection is an ambitious goal requiring sufficient information on the part of all actors. Public libraries can play an important role in acting as promoters of knowledge on environmental sustainability. The researchers analysed the status of German public libraries and their efforts towards a sustainable society. We considered the libraries' collections and created a questionnaire, asking librarians to evaluate the current situation in their library. The results show that many libraries promote environmental sustainability by highlighting books and other media on several subtopics through special conventions or shelves. Energy meters were the most frequently mentioned tools provided to sensitize to the topic. Furthermore, libraries organize several information events. Therefore, partnerships with other organizations and schools are of utmost importance. Beside these efforts, there is still more potential to promote environmental sustainability. Often, the lack of budget and personnel poses a challenge.
Long, Sarah Ann (2000). Libraries can help build sustainable communities. American Libraries, 31(6), 7
Looks at the availability of a grant provided for librarians in the United States who wish to show their concern about the environment. The project titled 'Libraries Build Sustainable Communities' which is designed to educate librarians about the issues surrounding sustainability; Opportunities which the grant offers librarians; Use of libraries as community gathering places.
Leyrer, Katharina (2018). Libraries sow the seed of a sustainable society: A comparative analysis of IFLA Green Library Award projects 2016. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 22-31). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-004
Loder, Michael Wescott (2010). Libraries with a future: How are academic library usage and green demands changing building designs?. College & Research Libraries, 71(4), 348-360. DOI: 10.5860/crl-37r1
Support for the modular system of building construction, touted in the second half of the 20th century as the best basis for academic library building design, appears to be waning. A study of textquotedblgreentextquotedbl libraries in 2008 revealed that not only has energy conservation become important, but that spaces designed for users rather than books have become paramount. The modular system worked particularly well for housing ever-expanding book collections, but collection growth is no longer a practical goal. Users want and need a greater variety of spaces, which purpose-built rooms are better at meeting. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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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