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Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services

Ed. by Hauke, Petra / Charney, Madeleine / Sahavirta, Harri

Series:IFLA Publications 177

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October 2018
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2018
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978-3-11-060887-8
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6. The Green Corner at Vaggeryd Public Library

Beyond Providing Information About Sustainable Development for Local Residents in Sweden

Claesson, Lo

Abstract

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.

Citation Information

Lo Claesson (2018). 6. The Green Corner at Vaggeryd Public Library: Beyond Providing Information About Sustainable Development for Local Residents in Sweden. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 77–85). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-008

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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