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.
Gunasekera, Damayanthi; Samarakoon, Manaori (2020). The reflective practice for sustainable future. International Journal of Librarianship, 5(2), 45-60. DOI: 10.23974/ijol.2020.vol5.2.171
This paper reviews the initiatives taken by the library of Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka (BPUSL) to achieve the SDGs to create a sustainable environment in the library as well as in the university. It also discusses various steps taken by the university as well as the other units connecting it to information as a strategic resource and attempts an articulation of the concept of sustainable information and quality education, building on a sustainable future at the university under the theme of "sustainable university''. The article discusses further recent initiatives taken to upgrade the quality of the library services, automation project to automate the whole library collection, scanning important rare and old books to create digital archive, preparing attractive library building by planting flowers and facilitating natural resources for reading areas addressing the goals on quality and equitable education, gender equity, literacy skills, health, and the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies, justice and strong institutions. The main objective of the article is to share reflective practices among LIS professionals in the field. Action research method was applied to write this article as it describes the reflective practices which promote sustainable future in the university and future endeavors as well. The paper concludes with suggestions on integrating concepts of sustainable information into higher education and role of information professionals towards the achievement of sustainable goals.
Latimer, Karen (2021). The reuse of buildings: Libraries behaving sustainably. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Niess, Robert (Hrsg.), New libraries in old buildings (S. 32-54). De Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/9783110679663-004
The chapter takes a broad overview starting from the premise that reuse of buildings has obvious benefits in terms of recycling materials and retaining the embodied energy contained within the structure. It focuses on the opportunity for libraries to adopt a fully sustainable approach by locating in existing buildings in need of a new use which has the added advantage of creating a sense of place and community identity. Examples of old buildings that have been brought back into use as libraries are discussed as are the challenges of sensitively adapt-ing listed buildings and blending old and new elements respectfully and imaginatively. Most of the examples discussed are drawn from the United Kingdom and Ireland although reference is made to other worldwide examples.
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).
Pun, Raymond; Shaffer, Gary L. (Hrsg.) (2019). The sustainable library's cookbook. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. ISBN: 9780838946596
"In 2019, the American Library Association added sustainability to its Core Values of Librarianship to foster community awareness and engagement on climate change, resilience, environmental impact, and a sustainable future. The Sustainable Library's Cookbook collects a series of engaging activities for academic libraries interested in implementing sustainability practices in three different areas: *Applying Sustainability Thinking and Development. Recipes are focused on applying sustainable thinking processes to library functions and services, including open educational resources, seed libraries, and reusable supplies and resources. *Teaching, Learning, and Research Services. This section contains lesson plans, learning guides, research activities, and projects that focus on sustainability in disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, from STEM data literacy to campus sustainability projects to Indigenous environmental justice. *Community Engagement, Outreach, and Partnerships. Recipes emphasize how community partnerships and outreach can be effective ways to inform and foster sustainability practices in the library and beyond, including environmental movie nights, bike-lending programs, and ideas for sustainable fashion. Many of these recipes include learning outcomes and goals from ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, disciplinary focuses, and the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This cookbook provides librarians with a series of best and effective practices, case studies, and approaches to support sustainability efforts in the library and collaboratively across campus." -- This cookbook provides librarians with a series of best and effective practices, case studies, and approaches to support sustainability efforts in the library and collaboratively across campus.
Geraldo, Genilson; Pinto, Marli Dias de Souza (2020). The use of social media Instagram to disseminate sustainable information. International Journal of Librarianship, 5(2), 4-12. DOI: 10.23974/ijol.2020.vol5.2.170
Sustainable development does not depend only on changing the attitude of companies and government programs and projects, but it is essential that society is also sensitized and mobilized. Information sustainability is not a recent discussion, but it has been intensified in recent years and has become a focal point for scientific discussion. With technological advances, especially in the informational sphere, it is necessary that institutions that deal with information are in tune with their users in different environments. In this context, the use of social media by libraries is essential to relate to their audiences, who are increasingly immersed in digital culture. Currently, Instagram has more than 500 million users worldwide, making it a great informational and virtual engagement tool for library users. In this perspective, the profile @sustentabilidadeinformacional is presented in this study as a model for libraries to be more engaged with global objectives, according to actions developed and promoted by associative movements and library associations.
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, 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.
Redaktion BuB (2022). Umweltbildung in niedersächsischen Bibliotheken: Die Büchereizentrale Niedersachsen hat für 2022 ihre neue Kampagne "Bildung - Nachhaltigkeit - Bibliothek (BiNaBi)" ausgerufen. BuB, Forum Bibliothek und Information, 74(15. Feb 2022)
Die Büchereizentrale Niedersachsen ruft 2022 ihre neue Kampagne "Bildung -- Nachhaltigkeit -- Bibliothek (BiNaBi)" aus, mit der in den kommenden zwei Jahren Öffentliche Bibliotheken in Niedersachsen im Bereich Umweltbildung gefördert werden. Vielfalt bewahren mit einer Saatgutbibliothek oder Umweltbildung in Bibliotheken, um Veranstaltungen zum Erforschen und Kennenlernen der Natur anzubieten: Für diese beiden Module konnten sich niedersächsische Bibliotheken bis zum 25. Januar 2022 bei der Büchereizentrale Niedersachsen bewerben.
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.
Poissenot, Claude (2014). Un nouveau cadre d'action pour les bibliothèques. In Schöpfel, Joachim; Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Chérifa (Hrsg.), Vers la bibliothèque globale (S. 113-122). Éd. du Cercle de la Librairie
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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