Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah (2016). The capacity to endure. Library Journal, 141(May 02)
The author discusses how libraries can enhance their capacity to endure through sustainability. According to the author, libraries should be environmentally sound and economically feasible, and provide equitable services that are socially justifiable. The author says that libraries are part of a social, environmental, and economic community, and their proactive participation in that ecosystem is important for their success.
Bronkar, Cherie (2021). The current state of library makerspaces. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), Makerspaces in practice (S. 1-17). ALA Editions
As the maker movement continues to grow, new ideas and applications are being applied in public, academic, and K--12 libraries. Looking at where we started and where we are headed is essential to applying new knowledge and creating spaces that meet the needs of our users. The maker movement got its first push in 2006. Maker Media launched the maker movement as we know it today and brought it to the public with Maker Faires.
Mulumba, Onan; Nakazibwe, Irene (2017). The emerging role of LIS professionals in combating adverse environmental effects. Paper presented at IFLA WLIC 2017 – Wrocław, Poland.
In modern librarianship there is a lot more need for practical engagement than just fostering information literacy and dissemination. The 2030 United Nations agenda emphasizes action points for environmental sustainability, which involve reduction of pollution and waste, governing the environment, boosting the renewable energy, health ecosystems, combating climate change, improving soil and water sanitation, increasing resource efficiency, and safeguarding the oceans. These actions necessitate collective responsibility from all stakeholders including; LIS professionals, policy makers, politicians, development partners and practitioners. The aim of this paper was to establish the practical and probable measures through which LIS professionals can engage in the action of environmental restoration. The study was informed by published literature on the involvement by LIS and other professionals, locally and internationally in environmental sustainability actions. An online questionnaire, with structured and open ended questions, was used to collect data from 60 LIS professionals in Africa, of whom the majority (55%) were from Uganda, 56.7% male, and 81.7% primarily working as librarians. The study revealed that LIS professionals are aware of environmental degradation activities though only 55% are aware of the global environmental strategy of the 2030 UN Agenda. Deforestation and air pollution were reported as the most commonly known activities which destroy the environment. It was established that LIS professionals and their affiliate institutions and organizations are mostly involved in the greening campaign more than any other activity. The main challenge to environmental conservation, as reported from the study, is lack of sufficient resources to support the planned activities, however, it was suggested that LIS professionals engage more in the development, implementation, and promotion of awareness campaigns for waste reduction and environmental literacy. Finally it was recommended that LIS professionals develop a strong collaboration with other stakeholders and engage in all other possible activities to enhance environmental sustainability.
Thomas, Valerie M. (2011). The environmental potential of reuse: An application to used books. Sustainability Science, 6(1), 109-116. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-010-0115-z
Reuse is generally considered to have environmental benefits, but it has not yet been widely adopted in environmental policy or strategy. In this paper, a simple model of second-hand markets is explored with a case study of used books that illustrates the behavior of the model and shows that such a model is consistent with the data. Three questions of the dynamics of reuse are addressed: (1) If it becomes easier to buy and sell used goods (via Internet markets or other means), by how much will sales of used goods increase? (2) When sales of used goods increase, by how much will sales of new goods decrease? (3) When is reuse better than recycling? Expanding from the case study, the model is used to examine how reuse affects the consumption of new goods, and the relative merits of reuse versus recycling. When the used goods market is small, the ratio of the price of used and new goods, an observable quantity, is approximately equal to the fractional decrease in sales of new goods that will result from increased sales of used goods. A formulation of the environmental impact of reuse and recycling is developed that includes the market impact of reuse. Illustrating this formulation for books with a simplified analysis, reuse of books through sales in a second-hand market is estimated to save more than twice as much energy, with considerable uncertainty, than making books from recycled paper. The formulation provides a basis for identifying products and markets for which reuse can be an effective environmental strategy.
Johnson, Eric (2017). The future of library makerspaces. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), The makerspace librarian's sourcebook (S. 345-368). ALA editions an imprint of the American Library Association
Sahavirta, Harri (2021). The great sustainable shifts: The story of ENSULIB. IFLA ENSULIB Newsletter, 1(1), 6-9
The IFLA Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB) has existed little over ten years and the narrative of the group reflects broader shifts in the environmental discussion in libraries. 2010 marked the start of the decade when awareness of environmental sustainability really broke through -- from the Paris climate agreement in 2015 to UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in 2021. At the same time libraries realized that environmental and social sustainability could and should be at the core of librarianship. However, this awakening has not been the only major shift. The development of library thinking about environmental issues has progressed through green architecture to carbon footprint and even further to carbon handprint. At the same time, the social aspects of sustainability have been recognized in libraries.
Claesson, Lo (2018). The green corner at Vaggeryd Public Library: Beyond providing information about sustainable development for local residents in Sweden. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 77-85). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-008
Why should libraries be green? What is the purpose of a Green Corner in a library? As libraries have a responsibility not to contribute to the destruction of the environment, we must communicate with decision makers during the planning stages of new libraries. While most libraries are not built as green buildings and librarians may not have influence on improving building operations (such as heat and air systems), we can be role models and demonstrate to our patrons what everyone can do to make their homes and community greener and healthier. The Vaggeryd Public Library in Sweden set up a Green Corner which demonstrates ways in which the municipality upholds four environmentally-based principles. This paper provides background on the Green Corner and several cost-effective examples of projects, exhibitions and presentations that brought excitement and knowledge to library patrons of all ages. Exposure to a wide variety of green topics promises to shift the values as well as practices of patrons and elected representatives toward co-creating a more livable world.
Vučkovič, Ratka (2018). The green story of the Public Library Uzice, Serbia: Education for sustainable development through creative workshops for children. In Hauke, Petra; Charney, Madeleine; Sahavirta, Harri (Hrsg.), Going green: implementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world (S. 142-152). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.1515/9783110608878-015
This paper presents the activities and programmes through which the Public Library of Užice children’s department promotes the goal of sustainable development and the importance of environmental protection. The ecological crisis is a key problem of society and therefore also for libraries; as cultural institutions, libraries share a legal and moral obligation to contribute to environmental education. The children’s department can play a unique and significant role, with the aim of this paper to show how libraries can contribute to the development of children’s interests in the period of personality formation by creating environmentally friendly habits that remain with them for their whole life. The goals of the programme were achieved and realised with few resources.
Eigenbrodt, Olaf (2013). The impact of standardization on responsible library design: Rereading ISO/TR 11219:2012 from a sustainability perspective. In Hauke, Petra; Latimer, Karen; Werner, Klaus Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Green Library - Die grüne Bibliothek (S. 91-106). De Gruyter Saur. DOI: 10.18452/2296
Standardization is an important part of successful building and construction today. The ISO/TR 11219:2012. Information and Documentation. Qualitative Conditions and Basic Statistics for Library Buildings; Space, Function and Design is a standardization document for librarians, architects and other professionals involved in library planning and construction. It provides guidelines and normative references as well as facts and figures concerning all parts of a library building. This chapter is a rereading of the Technical Report from a sustainability point of view. Sustainability as defined here is not a simple buzzword associated with environmental protection and resource efficiency, but a complex concept concerning socially, economically and ecologically responsible action. It becomes obvious that the Technical Report provides many standards and guidelines connected to the sustainability issue along these lines. Erfolgreiches Bauen ist heutzutage eng mit Standardisierung verbunden. Der ISO/TR 11219:2012. Information and Documentation. Qualitative Conditions and Basic Statistics for Library Buildings; Space, Function and Design ist ein Fachbericht für Bibliothekare, Architekten und andere beteiligte Fachleute im Bibliotheksbau. Er enthält Richtlinien und normative Referenzen sowie Kennzahlen und Daten für sämtliche Bereiche eines Bibliotheksbaus. Dieses Kapitel ist ein Wieder-Lesen des Technical Report unter dem Aspekt der Nachhaltigkeit. Im hier beschriebenen Sinne ist Nachhaltigkeit nicht nur ein einfaches Modewort, das mit Umweltschutz und Ressourcenschonung assoziiert wird, sondern ein komplexes Konzept, das soziale, ökonomische und ökologische Verantwortung in konkretes Handeln umsetzt. Es wird deutlich, dass der Technical Report viele Standards und Richtlinien bietet, die mit Nachhaltigkeit in diesem Sinne verbunden sind.
Dankowski, Terra (2016). The library's role in sustainability: Special Interest Group discusses green libraries. American Libraries, 47(August 22)
The IFLA Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group is on a mission. It hopes to address the effects of climate change on libraries, share the application of environmental practices, and increase environmental awareness among librarians.
Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.) (2017). The makerspace librarian's sourcebook. Chicago: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1504-2
The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook is an essential all-in-one guidebook to the maker realm written specifically for librarians. This practical volume is an invaluable resource for librarians seeking to learn about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Jam-packed with instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this one-stop handbook will inspire readers through practical projects that they can implement in their libraries right now.
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).
Lumpkin Brown, Ellen (2022). The surprising power of hand sewing: Use a rugged old skill to mend, extend, and uptrend clothes and accessories. In Kroski, Ellyssa (Hrsg.), 25 ready-to-use sustainable living programs for libraries (S. 93-103). ALA Editions
This fun program transforms an essential pioneer craft into a powerful skill for modern, sustainable (and fashionable) living today. Hand sewing is a humble, practical art. With just a little practice and a few simple supplies, you can present an introductory sessionto your patrons that is brimming with discovery. At one time, everything from clothing to wagon covers was sewn by hand. Nowadays, there is a new appreciation for the value, beauty, mindfulness, and ethical rationale around hand stitching. Such a program is enjoyable, economical, and portable and requires minimal storage space. The program is especially good for young patrons, and participants will learn an impressive array of uses for the simple, straight-running stitch. At the end of the workshop, patrons will be familiar with how to repair, patch, embellish, and extend the life of clothes and accessories. This brief guide will provide everything needed to offer a memorable and exciting program and a skill that will last a lifetime, step by step.
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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