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Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services

Hrsg. v. Hauke, Petra / Charney, Madeleine / Sahavirta, Harri

Reihe:IFLA Publications 177

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Erscheinungsdatum:
Oktober 2018
Copyrightjahr:
2018
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978-3-11-060887-8
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7. Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impact

Green Library Initiatives at the Kenya National Library Service

Kavuri-Mutuku, Purity

Abstract

The green library concept has attracted a lot of interest worldwide, especially in public and academic libraries all aiming to provide inspiring library services in a conducive and user-friendly environment. The greening initiative at the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) Nakuru branch was ranked among the top five applications for the IFLA Green Library Award competition 2017. The green library concept is slowly gaining momentum and recognition in Kenya, as public institutions such as universities and public/community libraries endeavour to construct libraries that meet our next generation of users’ behaviour and expectations. A library building plan must include an environmental impact statement to ensure a low carbon footprint and that improved library services are offered efficiently and effectively (Druaipandi 2016). This paper presents the green library initiatives undertaken by KNLS Nakuru branch in line with the green library movement. These initiatives include the sustainable library building and reading tree initiative in some public primary schools which are members of the library book clubs within Nakuru County. The paper defines the green library/ sustainable library building concept by giving examples and expanding on the reading tree concept as embraced by the Nakuru library. It is hoped that other libraries will embrace the idea and help address environmental problems such as climate change, global warming and air pollution that have adversely affected Kenya and the wider world.

Citation Information

Purity Kavuri-Mutuku (2018). 7. Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impact: Green Library Initiatives at the Kenya National Library Service. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 86–93). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-009

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

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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