Call for Abstracts: Sustainability and the Library!

A special issue of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy  – An open access journal for sustainable solutions (ISSN:1548-7733) invites contributions that integrate science, practice, and policy in original research, case studies, and policy analysis. Submissions should address social, economic, political, and biological/environmental interactions relevant to sustainability problems. The work should be grounded in specific research and be presented in language that is understandable across disciplines.

Call for Abstracts Deadline: May 1, 2015
submit via email to Dr. Maurie Cohen 
Review decisions by: October 31, 2015
Publication: Spring 2016

This special issue aims both to review how the LIS community has to date sought to advance sustainability and to chart a course for the next generation of effort. We are looking to identify contributions that bring forth new and innovative solutions and/or challenges focusing on issues such as:

  • Assessing the strategic role of library and information science in environmental protection, social equity, and economic development
  • Identifying the ways in which information research and information practices link to sustainability through, for example, access to information, intellectual freedom, literacy
  • Designing sustainable information
  • Greening the library
  • Measuring the environmental impact of different resources that libraries provide
  • Making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change and respect natural resources
  • Creating healthy indoor and outdoor environments through sustainable building practices
  • Motivating libraries/librarians to be change leaders
  • Evaluating the role of libraries in pursuing local sustainability through programs and services for public education and local policy/government

Download flyer (pdf) for complete information

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Environmental Information Sources: Websites and Books

Great column in the recent Electronic Green Journal annotating environmental information web sites with a nice bibliography of books.  Categories include: Commercial Entities, Educational Institutions, International, Nonprofit & Research Organizations, U.S. Federal and State, Government Agencies, Books.

Shrode, Flora. (2010). Environmental Information Sources: Websites and Books. Electronic Green Journal, 1(30). Retrieved from:




Call for examples of sustainable development & libraries

forwarding message from my global librarianship blogger friend @globallib

“A French colleague working in the Bibliothèque National de France (BnF, Paris) is seeking information for the internal journal of the Library on actions and projects linking sustainable development and libraries in the world. If you have examples, photos, any kind of documents or if yourself you are currently monitoring on this issue, please share with her all informations you can provide by contacting her IMMEDIATELY at:

The deadline for the publication of the article is March 14th.

With warmest regards,
Vincent Bonnet
Co-Convenor of Environmental Sustainability and Libraries SIG

Greening IT Article … and more

Worth a read if you want to learn more about the concept of greening your information technology area of the library. It covers video teleconference, virtualization, recycling, energy efficiency, and other ideas.

Naditz, Alan. (2008) Green IT 101: Technology Helps Businesses and Colleges Become Enviro-Friendly Sustainability, 1( 5 ), 315-318. DOI: 10.1089/SUS.2008.9931

Note – the article was published in the Sustainability: The  Journal of Record, from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. who also publishes Environmenal Justice,  and Ecopsychology, a new journal as of 2009.


Excerpt from Earth Forum Web site:

“We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Green Series, a new electronic reference series for academic and public libraries addressing all aspects of environmental issues, including alternative energies, sustainability, politics, agriculture, and many other subjects that will comprise a 12-title set. Each title has approximately 150 articles (much like encyclopedia articles) on major themes, ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words. We are starting the assignment process for articles for Volumes 4 – 6 in the series with a deadline of May 1, 2009:

  • Volume 4: Green Cities
  • Volume 5: Green Business
  • Volume 6: Green Consumerism

This comprehensive project will be published in stages by SAGE eReference and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a digital, online product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The Series Editor is Paul Robbins, Ph.D., University of Arizona, and the General Editor for Volumes 4 and 5 is Nevin Cohen, Ph.D., The New School, and General Editor for Volume 6 is Juliana Mansvelt, Ph.D., Massey University. Both the series editor and general editors will be reviewing each submission to the project.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to free access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more per volume.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Green Series, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in environmental issues.

Thanks very much.

Ellen Ingber
Author Manager
Golson Media
green (at) “

Green Library Movement Article

Check out this fabulous, peer reviewed, and well researched article written by Monika Antonelli (see also her web site: called “The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond” It’s available online for free through the Electronic Green Journal.

The creation of green libraries is approaching a tipping point, generating a Green Library Movement, which is comprised of librarians, libraries, cities, towns, college and university campuses committed to greening libraries and reducing their environmental impact. Constructing a green library building using a performance standard like LEED is a way some libraries are choosing to become green and sustainable. Environmental challenges like energy depletion and climate change will influence the type of information resources and programs libraries will provide to their communities.