new book! Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes, and Services

I can’t wait to read this new publication through Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB)

Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries
Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes, and Services.
Edited by Petra Hauke, Harri Sahavirta, and Madeleine Charney.
Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Saur, 2018. VII, 234 pages. (IFLA
Publication, 177). //ISBN 978-3-11-060584-6, also as ebook
available. See list of contents at the publisher’s website:
//https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/506055/

This publication discusses different aspects of reducing the “ecological footprint” in libraries’ workaday operations as well as the social role and responsibility of libraries as leaders in environmental sustainability. The theoretical background and practical applications of worldwide libraries and their contribution to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be discussed.

General articles and research studies from Finland, Germany, Portugal, and Brasil illuminate libraries’ contributions to the SDGs. Case studies from Sweden, Kenya, Germany, Ukraine, China, and Serbia discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing a sustainable approach at public libraries. Examples of best practices from academic libraries come from Hong Kong, Cameroon, Germany, Uganda, USA, and Kenya. All articles are written in English.

The book project was realized in cooperation with LIS students from the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Germany. For more information please visit the project website at https://www.ibi.hu-berlin.de/de/studium/studprojekte/buchidee

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Share your sustainability work with SustainRT!

The Sustainability Round Table’s Enviro Scan taskforce is collecting information on books, articles, websites, blogs, social groups, and projects that fall under the umbrella of Sustainable Libraries. Please use this form to suggest resources or projects that will become part of our SustainRT Sustainability Database soon to be created.

Voices of a Warming Planet: oral history interviews with leading scholars

A website on climate change, created by the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center called the Voices of a Warming Planet, features oral history interviews with 12 leading figures from Oregon State University. The website consists of oral history interviews conducted with OSU faculty, staff and students who are engaged in climate change research from multiple scholarly vantage points, including the oceanographic and atmospheric sciences, forestry, agriculture, ethics, public health, and public policy, tracing each narrator’s path through academia while paying particular attention to their research and perspectives on global warming.

JSTOR Sustainability Resource

JSTOR Sustainability is a new online resource that brings together journals, policy research and books on the topic of environmental sustainability and resilience – topics from agricultural economics to green energy, and from climatology to sustainable business practices.  It was built in collaboration with think tanks, publishers, universities and researchers including American Meteorological Society, the International Association for Energy Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. (read more here)

Sustainability Hub Resources

Routledge offers a sustainability hub or website of resources both for purchase and for free. It includes resources by topic (some free case studies, videos, blog posts and more) but I liked their sustainability community section, which has lots of resource by vetted authors – Click on Hub Contributors (many of which I assume wrote books published by Routledge)  –  on such topics as sustainable event planning, conducting a waste audit, footprint calculator, policy writing, etc.  They have a blog as well, much of which highlights their recent publications but also includes Q&As with authors or interviews with editors.

Contribute to the NEW SustainRT Blog!

SustainabilityRoundTableMembers of SustainRT are invited to contribute suggestions or content for the SustainRT blog by emailing SustainRTblog at gmail.com.  Blog post submissions should be 500-1000 words in length and should be on a topic related to sustainability in libraries.  Please include a short biography (100-250 words), including your credentials, if you are submitting content for the blog.

Submitting a suggestion, or content, does not guarantee publication. SustainRT reserves the right to review submissions to determine if they are appropriate for publication on the blog. Please send blog submissions to sustainrtblog@gmail.com

Survey for seed lending libraries!

From a library listserv, well worth passing on… if you are a seed lending library, please fill out Emily’s survey!

My name is Emily Roberson, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of South Dakota.  For my senior thesis, I am working on a project involving seed libraries! My project is entitled “Do Seed Libraries Help Provide Healthy Food for Low-Income Americans?,” and I need a little bit of your help to complete part of it.  I have set up a survey for people who run seed libraries in the United States.  It has 41 questions and should take no longer than 20 minutes.  Additionally, every seed library that completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Seed Savers gift card! Please follow the link to take the survey through Google Forms: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wU3EcjVe3wacUSJyu1_a0odsdq59YrKJJN3biaItcXM/viewform?usp=send_form   I appreciate the time you put in to help my project! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at Emily.Roberson (at) coyotes.usd.edu.  Some questions, especially concerning confidentiality, might be answered on the first page of the survey where I have provided more detailed information.