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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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: