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

Degrowth Is Coming

In this American Libraries magazine column,  Edgardo Civallero describes the concept of “degrowth” (defined as:  equitable down-scaling of production and consumption) and how libraries can contribute to this logical response to climate change – both in modeling degrowth and in supporting the community through this change.

Civallero is active in the IFLA Indigenous Matters section and in The Progressive Librarians Guild.

 
 

Travel offsets for librarians: resources

After listening to a recent webinar talk by David Selden (of the National Indian Law Library) for the American Library Association’s SustainRT I wanted to share some of the travel off set resources he provided.

As he spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries, their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries (read more) The December 1 webinar  recording and his slides  are available, and here are so recommended resources:

Zen Pig Books – mindfulness for kids!

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 9.24.14 AMZen Pig, by Mark and Amy Lynn Brown—  a children’s book series written and illustrated by a husband and wife team from Nashville, TN, designed to nurture the seeds of gratitude, mindfulness and love in young children. Each book sold gives 10 people clean water for 1 year through Mocha Club. A great series for all sustainable librarians to buy!

Visit Www.zenpigbook.com for more info & to shop for the books.

 

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Winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016

IFLAs ENSULIB (Environmental Sustainability and Libraries)
Winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016 

1st Place: El Pequeño Sol ecological library (The Little Sun Ecological Library), Germinalia A.C., San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, which was found to be “a project where sustainability was in the soul of the project from the first starting of the idea until to the new library”.

— THIS STORY IS AWESOME! Worth #1 slot – a must watch —


2nd Place: City of Cockburn, Australia, which was characterized as an “excellent green building with sustainable projects”.


3rd Place: La Tierra para quien la siembra (The Land is for those who sow), Columbia, which was found to be “Good working for sustainability with the community!”


More information about the IFLA award and the winning video: ENSULIB | ENSULIB on Facebook

For further information:Petra Hauke (Berlin, Germany), contact person for the IFLA Green Library Award: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de, or Harri Sahavirta (Helsinki, Finland), convener of ENSULIB: harri.sahavirta@hel.fi.

SustainRT’s Madeleine Charney on Lost in the Stacks Radio Show RECORDING!

UPDATE!

If you missed it live you must listen to the recording!  Its all about SustainRT with lots of good music mixed in.

Hear the show at http://traffic.libsyn.com/lostinthestacks/LITS_Episode_301.mp3

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 8.39.00 AMTune in Friday April 22, Earth Day, for the Lost in the Stacks radio show at noon eastern! SustainRT’s Madeleine Charney will be on the show talking about the Sustainability Round Table and things sustainable for libraries.

 

So, what is Lost in the Stacks:

The one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll show  – on Fridays at noon (eastern)!  Ameet and Charlie from the Georgia Tech Library pick a theme and free-associate an hour of music, interviews, and library talk every Friday for lunch. You’ll hear indie rock, pop rock, alt rock, New Wave, and the occasional oddity in between interviews with students, faculty, and librarians.