Woburn Public Library (2020). Library Guide to Spaces and Green Initiatives.
In planning for the renovated and restored Woburn Public Library, it was essential that the library leave as small an ecological footprint as possible. Water Efficiency: With the additional square footage, came the opportunity to add bathrooms on each of the library's three levels. To mitigate the water use, the architects called for low-flow water fixtures. Energy & Atmosphere: Numerous energy-conserving and energy efficient strategies have been employed within the library, resulting in an estimated energy use reduction of over 22% when compared to other code compliant buildings. All spaces have been outfitted with 100% LED technology fixtures, which drastically reduce energy use and last far longer than traditional fluorescent lighting. The City has further renewed its commitment to having a sustainable building by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates to account for just over 70% of electricity use for 2 years. Building Materials and Resources: This building project was designed to be as sustainable as possible, and that includes the reuse of over 88% of structural elements from the original building. By reusing these materials, the project was able to reduce the amount of newly-constructed structural material required to complete the project. Locally Sourced Materials: Over 20% of the materials installed on the project, by cost, were procured from regional sources. Additionally, we estimate that over 20% of the installed materials, by cost, are made with recycled materials. The Air We Breathe This project was committed to using low emitting materials in order to keep the interior environment as pleasant for staff and visitors as possible. Additionally, the library has adopted a Green Housekeeping policy that specifies low-emitting and low-impact cleaners and equipment, focuses on protecting vulnerable building occupants, maintains good cleaning practices, and keeps the health of custodial staff a priority.
Meschede, Christine; Henkel, Maria (2019). Library and information science and sustainable development: A structured literature review. Journal of Documentation, 75(6), 1356-1369. DOI: 10.1108/JD-02-2019-0021
Purpose: Awareness on and importance of sustainability in all aspects of our lives is becoming more and more important. The question arises, how -- not if -- scientists can contribute to a sustainable development. As information plays an important role for development, information scientists should be included in this debate. However, is there a sustainable information science or an information science of sustainability? The purpose of this paper is to perform a mapping of publications in library and information science (LIS) directly dealing with sustainability and sustainable development. Design/methodology/approach: A structured literature review was conducted, enhanced by bibliometric analyses. For this purpose, 102 LIS journals and conferences were considered. The authors identified 81 publications dealing with sustainability and sustainable development and analyzed the concrete contents and methodological approaches of these. Findings: A large proportion of articles could be found dealing with sustainable development and libraries. Other publications focus on information and communication technology or information systems. Only few articles deal with further topics like government, urban development or scientific output. Research limitations/implications: Sustainability and sustainable development are complex topics. This work only considers literature whose title or keywords contain the string sustainab*. Originality/value: The presented work helps to get an overview on sustainability research and activities in the LIS field and additionally, potential research gaps may be identified. The authors call for more research in this area and concrete ideas to help develop a sustainable future.
Purnik, Anton; Vasileva, Ekaterina (2018). Library as a “Point of Grow” in sustainable development society. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This paper emphasize the role of public libraries in sustainable development and extensive partnership on the example of an environmental project, which involved more than 1,500 participants across Russia. Citing two out of 17 main goals declared in the United Nations document “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the authors believe that achieving of these goals will require creation of new technologies -informational and social – and the new forms of cooperation. The authors describe how the Russian State Library for Young Adults in Moscow with two other partners prepared and held the nation-wide event entitled The Day of Environmental Knowledge. It took place on April 15, 2017, in the year, which was declared in Russia as the Year of the Environment. They outline all stages of the project starting from inviting the potential participants, processing the applications, inviting press, and describing the events at the places to the follow-up events and its impact on cooperation between the libraries-participants and local communities. The authors believe that modern libraries have the authority and means to promote textquotedblpeaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable developmenttextquotedbl.
Khan, Jennifer (2015). Library at the dock. Büchereiperspektiven, 2, 24-25
Das Hafenviertel Docklands ist Melbournes jüngster Stadtteil, der rasch wächst und sich zu einer wichtigen wirtschaftlichen Drehscheibe entwickelt hat. Die „Library at The Dock“, die Bibliothek am Hafen, ist eines der neuesten und ambitioniertesten Infrastrukturprojekte in Melbourne.
Kang, Qi (2018). Library directors’ concerns and attitudes towards going green and sustainability in China: An unexplored area. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 43(5), e1-17. DOI: 10.1177/0961000618818874
Environmental issues are one of today’s growing concerns. Numerous associations, organizations and individuals are waging an active world preservation campaign. The purpose of this pilot study is to examine an important aspect of library directors’ attitudes towards environmental protection and the level of their concerns and green practices regarding sustainable development that has generally been overlooked in the literature. Multiple means of data collection (interviews, observation and document analysis) involving 14 libraries in China were conducted between March and May 2015; seven main thematic areas emerged from the data, such as: levels of awareness and commitment to sustainability issues in Chinese libraries are relatively low, and the current efficiency of facilities and operations have been seriously wasted. These findings indicate that the main priority of the library has been to attain economic and social development rather than environmental sustainability, while ignoring the energy costs and serious waste to some extent in the rapid development process of the Chinese library. The author notes just from observation of daily practices that there is definitely room for improvement to minimize the negative impact of their activities on the environment. This paper discusses for the first time the library directors’ concerns and attitudes towards “going green” and sustainability. The ideas are expected to inform and improve library directors’ environmental consciousness and sustainable practices, as well as open new vistas for research into the economic, social and environmental sustainability of library information services. How to achieve the social, economic and environmental requirements of present and future generations from libraries, especially library environmental sustainability is discussed intensively.
Stephens, Chuck; Boer, Jeroen de; Willingham, Steve (2018). Library makerspaces: The complete guide. Lanham and Boulder and New York and London: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 9781442277403
The Complete Guide is a road map for libraries of any size, with any budget, seeking to redesign or repurpose space or develop maker style programming. This book covers developing makerspaces, writing grant proposals, and helping staff and administrators learn about the technologies and processes involved.
Wolfgram, Derek (2023). Library rooftop bees and pollinator education. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 125-129). ALA Editions
The Redwood City (CA) Public Library's rooftop beehives have surprised and delighted customers and brought positive media attention to the library. Honey sales by the Friends of the Redwood City Public Library (RCPL) have offset most of the costs of - the program, while also creating a unique promotional item to get people excited about the library. The Honey Bee Interpretive Center inside the library and accompanying programs for all ages by a local beekeeper have increased community awareness about pollinators and their importance to the environment. Read on to see how you can create a similar ``buzz'' around your library.
Inklebarger, Timothy (2016). Library to farm to table. American Libraries, 47(11/12), 18-19
The article reports the move by public libraries in the U.S. as of November 2016 to offer food production programs and advance the concept of sustainability and education. Also cited are the move by South Sioux City (Nebraska) Public Library director David Mixdorf to launch the library's first community garden, the city's Voices for Food program, and the Read and Feed Teaching and Demonstration Garden at Rancho Cordova library system in California.
Wagner, Janet (2022). Library trainees as future thinkers! Multi-day workshop on "Green Library" in Berlin. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 2(1), 20
Premiere in Berlin: the public district libraries of Berlin Mitte and Berlin Pankow enabled their trainees to participate in a workshop on textquotedblGreen Librarytextquotedbl. Janet Wagner from the Green Library Network, herself a FaMI, trainer and current graduate of the master's program textquotedblEducation-Sustainability- Transformationtextquotedbl facilitated the workshop and set the thematic focus. The topics were: Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), best practice examples in Berlin, and current Berlin position papers for education, library development and the Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Program (BEK 2030).
Lviv Regional Children's Library; Львівська обласна бібліотека для дітей (2020). Library's Garbage Hero educates children in eco-thinking and recycling: IFLA SDG Stories
According to the NGO Ukraine without Garbage, about 10 million tons of garbage are shipped to Ukrainian landfills annually. While 30-40% of this garbage is recyclable, only 4% of it is actually recycled.
University College Cork Library (2020). Library's campaign improves sustainability and decreases resource consumption: IFLA SDG Stories
In 2016, the University College Cork (UCC) Library launched its sustainability campaign, Love Our Library. As a result of actions taken in the campaign's first year, the Library saved over 155,000 KWH - a 9% reduction in energy use. This savings is enough to power a light bulb for 1,770 years or travel around the world 24 times in an electric car!
Zdravje, Ana (2021). Library, the heart of the city: The green library. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 1(1), 19-20
On Thursday, 20 May 2021, Ljubljana City Library hosted the sixth international one-day professional conference Library, the Heart of the City 2021, dedicated to green libraries. One of the branches of Ljubljana City Library is vSentvid Library, which has been renovated in 2014. It is located in a border area of the city, almost half of which is covered in green, forest surfaces. The main motto of the renovated library is: We live in harmony with nature. Through it we charted the concept of the green library.
Lawrence, Kate (2012). Library-sponsored sustainable living outreach in Denver. In Antonelli, Monika; McCullough, Mark (Hrsg.), Greening libraries (S. 119-126). Library Juice Press
Rogers, Katherine (2019). Little Free Libraries: 10th anniversary finds the movement 90,000 strong and growing. Catalyst Magazine, August 31
The non-profit Little Free Library (LFL) was started in 2009 by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin. Thinking of his mother, a bibliophilic teacher, he built a miniature one-room schoolhouse and put it on a post in his front yard. He filled the schoolhouse with books. Bol encouraged his friends and neighbors to take the books and leave any of their own, to share with others. The schoolhouse was a success and led to Bol building more to give to these friends and neighbors.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2022). Living our values out loud | Sustainability. Library Journal, 147(Sep 21)
he New Canaan Library, CT, is leading the way to address human rights in the building product supply chain. The New Canaan Library, led by Executive Director Lisa Oldham, has prioritized contributing to that movement to eliminate forced labor in building materials supply chains. The library's leadership wanted to be sure that the library's core values were embedded into this project, particularly the triple bottom line definition of sustainability to balance environmental stewardship, economic feasibility, and social equity.
Tinarat, Sirirat (2013). Loads of scraps become precious raw materials: The Kasetsart University Eco-Library in Bangkok, a prototype for the next generation of sustainable buildings in Thailand. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 213-228). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2304
Being famous for Agricultural Science, Kasetsart University is commonly known as “Green Campus”. As a part of the long-term project “Kasetsart Loves the Environment”, the idea for founding an eco-library was introduced in 2010. Two years later, the first Eco-Library of Thailand was successfully completed thanks to teamwork from two departments: the office of the University Library, which wants to provide a learning area that is open to the general public, and the Scrap Lab of the Architecture Faculty, which mainly works on developing ecofriendly products. Further sponsors are local furniture manufacturers and other institutions who regularly deliver their offcuts to the Scrap Lab “Factory”. Here, loads of scraps become precious “raw materials”, challenging the instructors and students to spark their creativity for new product design. The number of visitors and on-going projects indicate that the Eco-Library is not a superficial idea that pops up, lasts for a while and then fades away. Rather, it is growing and supporting the main library, which is actively participating in the BEAT 2010 – Building Energy Award of Thailand. Both organizations are moving forward, following their green concepts to strengthen the policy of the university – environmentalism. Die Kasetsart Universität ist nicht nur wegen ihrer Agrarwissenschaften bekannt, sondern auch für ihren „Grünen Campus“. Als Teil des langfristig angelegten Projekts „Kasetsart Loves the Environment” wurden im Jahr 2010 die ersten Ideen zur Gründung einer Umweltbibliothek entwickelt. Zwei Jahre später wurde die erste Umweltbibliothek Thailands als Gemeinschaftsprojekt erfolgreich fertiggestellt. Beteiligt waren die Universitätsbibliothek, die einen Ort zum Lernen für die Allgemeinheit anbieten wollte, sowie das Scrap Lab der Fakultät für Architektur, das hauptsächlich daran arbeitet, umweltfreundliche Produkte zu entwickeln. Weitere Sponsoren und Förderer sind örtliche Möbelhersteller und andere Institutionen, die ihre Fabrikabfälle regelmäßig der Scrap Lab ‚Fabrik‘ abliefern. Die Abfälle und Altstoffe werden hier zu wertvollen Werkstoffen. Hier ist nun die Kreativität der Studenten und Dozenten gefragt, um daraus neue Produkte zu entwickeln. Die Menge der Besucher und laufenden Projekte zeigt, dass die Umweltbibliothek keine oberflächliche Idee ist, die auftaucht, eine Weile besteht und wieder in der Versenkung verschwindet. Ganz im Gegenteil. Die Umweltbibliothek wächst weiter und unterstützt die Hauptbibliothek, die aktiv am BEAT 2010 – Building Energy Award of Thailand teilgenommen hat. Beide Bibliotheken streben weiter voran und verfolgen ihre grünen Konzepte, um die Strategie der Universität – den Umweltschutz – zu stärken.
Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2016). Local supports local | Sustainability. Library Journal, 141(12), 22
The article discusses the relationship between sustainable libraries and their patrons in the U.S. Topics discussed include role of libraries in empowering and energizing their users through services, libraries' support to the local community and participation in the localism movement, and how libraries can strengthen the social fabric.
Amirthalingam, Janakiraman (2019). MSSRF’s sustainable green library to achieve SDG 7: Poster presented at: IFLA WLIC 2019, Athens, Greece.
The eco-friendly library or sustainable library is a new idea and it is acquiring well liked among the librarians. The paper manifest the conditions of environment, their effects on society and impact of leading organizations towards an green earth, improved standards for the advancement, eco-friendly India, green library, features of eco-friendly library, Initiatives in India. It is also give an overview of green library and role of modern librarian to make eco-friendly library. Furthermore the paper focus the importance of green library in ongoing era and green library initiatives in Indi through solar based energy system in library, the M S Swaminathan research Foundation Library has been trying to make a successful green library with the support of Tata Trusts, India. This paper describes the Innovation of using solar panel to generate energy to run the library in an eco friendly way. This model can fulfil the SDG goal no- 7 under the United Nation that ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. MSSRF library plan to create a solar based energy system for library alone. Creating solar based energy and providing to MSSRF library. The Step by step method can obtain and creates the successful green library as a model. The new innovative system for using solar energy in a modern way, that is use of permanent magnet brushless DC or synchronous motors with increased efficiency. MSSRF Library consists all electrical devices such as, air conditioning, lights and fans, all this devices are working with solar energy as far as possible. In case the solar power is not sufficient due to bad light, it will use the available power and the balance is taken from the AC mains and in case of total absence of solar power, the appliances will run automatically from AC mains.
Geißler, Jens A.; Schumann, Tim (2017). Makerspace, Mundraub-Tour und Foodsharing. Bibliotheksdienst, 51(2), 181-196. DOI: 10.1515/bd-2017-0018
Curry, Robert (2017). Makerspaces: A beneficial new service for academic libraries?. Library Review, 66(4/5), 201-212. DOI: 10.1108/LR-09-2016-0081
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to start exploring the possibilities for makerspaces to function as a new learning space within academic library services in higher education (HE). This original research study ask two key questions: How is learning achieved and supported in makerspaces? What can academic library services bring to the effective organisation and support of makerspaces? Design/methodology/approach An extensive literature review is followed by a template analysis (King, 2012) of data from an online forum of three professionals operating makerspaces in academic library services in the USA and a discussion incorporating relevant educational theory and philosophy. Findings The three overarching learning themes found were: experiential learning (Dewey, 1909; Kolb, 1984), communities of practice (Lave and Wenger, 1991) and self-efficacy through social learning (Bandura, 1997). Research limitations/implications The one-week forum of three professional library staff provided detailed and informative data. Substantial field work with students will also be required to see how far this professional lens has provided insight into how students are learning and supported in these and other makerspaces. Social implications The wider cultural implications are examined, including the potential social value of makerspaces as transformative creative spaces empowering communities and individuals. Originality/value This is the first study to date on the potential educational value of makerspaces within HE, and the specific support academic library services can offer if they choose to host a makerspace (including teaching information, digital and critical literacies).
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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