Meszaros, Evan; Goodsett, Mandi (2022). Sustainable event planning for libraries and library organizations. In Tanner, René; Ho, Adrian K.; Antonelli, Monika; Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (Hrsg.), Libraries and sustainability: Programs and practices for community impact (S. 63-71). ALA Editions
Library event planning involves decisions about what resources to buy or use, how attendees will travel to in-person events, how waste will disposed of, and how to move events online. All of these decisions must be carefully considered in the light of the climate crisis and the harm it poses to the community we serve. A variety of strategies have been undertaken to mitigate impacts and develop resilient responses to climate change.
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
This article defines sustainability to include community, economy, and the buildings made in service to those considerations. As gateways for knowledge, libraries are particularly well‐suited as demonstration vehicles. Beneficiaries are determined so that potential sources of funding can be identified. The case study (Oak Park Library, Ventura, California) integrates state‐of‐the‐art energy‐conserving design into a new joint‐use public and high school library. Client review, public presentations, computer modeling, and environmental specifications research led to a design that was awarded nearly $250,000 in construction funding and “buydowns”. Computer‐modeled analyses of the energy‐conserving elements of the Oak Park Library showed reductions in heating, cooling, and electricity consumption when those strategies were implemented. The strategies illustrated include techniques in lighting design, cooling/heating, and construction that can be replicated in new and existing projects to maximize efficiency in high‐visibility community demonstration projects. A listing of additional resources is also included.
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
Office of Overseas Programming & Training Support (2012). Sustainable library development: Training package.
The Sustainable Library Development Training Package supports Peace Corps’ Focus In/Train Up strategy, which was implemented following the 2010 Comprehensive Agency Assessment. Sustainable Library Development is a technical training package in Peace Corps programming within the Education sector. The training package addresses the Volunteer competency, “Facilitate improved teaching and learning skills and practices.”The purpose of the Sustainable Library Development Training Package is to support and provide guidance to Peace Corps Volunteers engaged in library projects as both primary work assignments and secondary project activities. The training package is intended to strengthen the work of Volunteers in partnership with their communities and to help Peace Corps better demonstrate its impact.
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.
Singh, M. P.; Dixit, Shraddha (2021). Sustainable strategies towards green libraries: A study of State University Libraries of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Library Philosophy and Practice, 4968
The purpose of this article is to find out Sustainable Strategies that have been adopted by the Selected State University Libraries of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. The research paper is based on the survey method. It has been conducted in the Selected State University libraries with the help of questionnaire tools, tried to know about Green Initiatives taken in libraries. At the end of this study, it reveals that library professionals are aware of green libraries and sustainable development and are using their guidelines to the library. Government should support more and more for the Green libraries, so that in the coming time, the Green Library will prove to be helpful for sustainable development goals.
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.
ALA Sustainability Round Table (2024). Sustainably Themed Children's Books
Presenting the SustainRT Top 10 Children's Books published last years! The American Library Association's Sustainability Round Table Booklist Committee curates an annual list of 10 notable children's books on nature, conservation, and communities that reflect the mission of SustainRT ``to exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society''.
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.
Bair, Jamie (2021). Sustaining the Library Makerspace. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), Makerspaces in practice (S. 19-28). ALA Editions
Küçükcan, Berrin (2016). Sürdürülebilir Mimarlık Yaklaşımıyla Kütüphane Binaları: In ÜNAK'15 Sempozyumu, 1-3 Ekim 2015, Ankara, Ankara (TURKEY), 1-3 Ekim 2015.
English abstract Libraries, which have been created to meet the information needs of the society throughout history, have always had a place since their first appearance. Because the building is one of the basic components that make up the library. These library buildings, where information resources have been collected from past to present, are places that serve more than one person in the same time period, affect the environment they are in with the materials they contain and are affected by this environment. In other words, negativities in indoor and outdoor environmental conditions affect the library building and negativities in the building affect the environment. Energy resources and waste produced in the building are important issues that need to be evaluated in terms of energy saving and environmental pollution and to be taken precautions. The damage caused by non-renewable traditional fuels such as hard coal, lignite, oil and natural gas to the environment and the high costs have led humanity to use alternative energy resources such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy. These types of renewable energy sources are now taking the place of these fossil-based fuels used in buildings today. The methods developed as a solution to global warming that cause pollution and climate changes caused by harmful gases released into the atmosphere as a result of the consumption of fossil-based fuels, are in the direction of creating a sustainable environment. The sustainable architecture approach is the process of designing and producing buildings that do not harm the environment and are energy-efficient. The aim of this study is; The aim of this course is to investigate how library buildings can be positioned in a sustainable environment, designed, produced and used with a sustainable architecture approach and how these features can be added to existing buildings. Although there are library buildings that have been created with this approach in developed countries or have acquired these features later, the lack of a library building with a textquotedblgreen buildingtextquotedbl certificate in our country has been the starting point for this study. Due to the insufficient Turkish resources in which the library buildings are handled with a sustainable architecture approach, the studies conducted abroad were examined. In the study, first of all, textquotedblsustainabilitytextquotedbl was discussed as a concept, then the sustainable architecture approach was examined, the library buildings were also evaluated in this context, and ultimately, the conditions for the library buildings to be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings by carrying the principles of sustainable architecture were revealed. Turkish abstract Tarih boyunca toplumun bilgi gereksinimini karşılama amacıyla oluşturulan kütüphaneler, ilk ortaya çıkışlarından itibaren her zaman bir mekâna sahip olmuşlardır. Çünkü bina, kütüphaneyi oluşturan temel bileşenlerden biridir. Geçmişten bugüne bilgi kaynaklarının toplandığı bu kütüphane binaları, aynı zaman diliminde birden fazla kişiye hizmet veren, içerdikleri materyaller ile bulundukları çevreyi etkileyen ve bu çevreden etkilenen mekânlardır. Bir başka deyişle iç ve dış çevre koşullarındaki olumsuzluklar kütüphane binasını, binadaki olumsuzluklar ise çevreyi etkilemektedir. Binada kullanılan enerji kaynakları ve üretilen atıklar, enerji tasarrufu ve çevre kirliliği açısından değerlendirilmesi ve önlem alınması gereken önemli konulardır. Halen kullanılan taşkömürü, linyit, petrol, doğalgaz gibi yenilenemez geleneksel yakıtların çevreye verdikleri zararlar ve maliyetlerindeki yükseklik, insanlığı güneş enerjisi, rüzgâr enerjisi, jeotermal enerji gibi alternatif enerji kaynaklarını kullanmaya yönlendirmiştir. Günümüzde binalarda kullanılan bu fosil kökenli yakıtların yerini artık bu tür yenilenebilir enerji kaynakları almaktadır. Fosil kökenli yakıtların tüketimi sonucunda atmosfere salınan zararlı gazların oluşturduğu kirlilik ve iklim değişikliklerine neden olan küresel ısınmaya çözüm olarak geliştirilen yöntemler, sürdürülebilir bir çevre oluşturma yönündedir. Sürdürülebilir mimarlık yaklaşımı ise, çevreye zarar vermeyen ve enerji tasarruflu binalar tasarlama ve üretme sürecidir. Bu çalışmanın amacı; kütüphane binalarının sürdürülebilir bir çevre içerisinde konumlandırılarak nasıl bir sürdürülebilir mimarlık yaklaşımıyla tasarlanıp üretilerek kullanılabileceğini ve var olan binalara da nasıl bu özelliklerin kazandırılabileceğini araştırmaktır. Gelişmiş ülkelerde bu yaklaşımla oluşturulmuş ya da bu özellikler sonradan kazandırılmış kütüphane binaları olmasına rağmen ülkemizde henüz “yeşil bina” sertifikasına sahip bir kütüphane binasının olmayışı, bu çalışmanın yapılması konusunda başlangıç noktası olmuştur. Kütüphane binalarının sürdürülebilir mimarlık yaklaşımıyla ele alındığı Türkçe kaynakların yetersiz oluşu nedeniyle yurtdışında yapılan çalışmalar incelenmiştir. Çalışmada öncelikle kavram olarak “sürdürülebilirlik” ele alınmış, sonra sürdürülebilir mimarlık yaklaşımı incelenmiş, kütüphane binaları da bu bağlamda değerlendirilmiş ve sonuçta, kütüphane binalarının sürdürülebilir mimarlık ilkelerini taşıyarak enerji tasarruflu ve çevreye zarar vermeyen binalar olabilmelerinin koşulları ortaya konulmuştur.
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.
Balzer, Cass (2023). Talking trash: Libraries lend cleanup kits to help beautify communities. American Libraries, 54(March 1)
Nearly 50 billion pieces of litter are scattered along US roadways and waterways, according to a 2020 study by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB). That estimate includes more than 800 million pieces of fast-food packaging, 2.6 billion food-packaging-film items, and 207 million pieces of personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves.
ORF, Redaktion Kärnten (2020). Telefonzelle wird zu Bibliothek
Ab den 1920ern gehörten Telefonhäuschen zum vertrauten Bild öffentlicher Plätze und wurden auch beliebte Treffpunkte. Heute sind sie zum größten Teil verschwunden. Viele der ausgemusterten Telefonzellen erleben aber einen glqqzweiten Frühlinggrqq. Die alte Telefonzelle in Grades wurde zu einer Bibliothek.
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