Friday, November 21, 2008

Library/Arkansas: Fayetteville Public Library, Blair Library

Fayetteville Public Library, Blair Library Building

  • Location: Fayetteville, AR
  • Building type(s): Library
  • New construction
  • 88,800 sq. feet (8,250 sq. meters)
  • Project scope: 3-story building
  • Urban setting
  • Completed September 2004
  • Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Silver (34 Points)

Founded in 1916, the Fayetteville Public Library [] has long served the town of Fayetteville, the county seat and home to the University of Arkansas. The design for its new home, the first building in Arkansas to be registered and third to be certified through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Rating System, developed through a series of more than 40 public meetings that resulted in a shared vision of library design and sustainable public architecture.

Leading the way for green buildings in the state, the building was also located on a site that countered the prevailing wisdom that would have it located in the suburbs, where growth was occurring. The downtown site provides convenience for library patrons and employees and an opportunity to encourage connections between the patrons, the community, and the landscape.

Environmental Aspects

The LEED-Silver library introduced the state of Arkansas to green building, which meant that the project team had to work with both state and local officials to allow some innovative building practices to go forward. Among these were a green roof, waterless urinals, underground cisterns, a construction waste recycling program, daylighting in reading rooms, and material harvesting from the site for reuse in the building.

Although the building uses several modern building practices, its design reflects the historic fabric of the town center. An undulating roof above the clerestory windows of the main reading room and the central hall of the second floor recalls the natural forms of the mountain ranges to the south. Visitors are presented with views to the natural world to consider and reflect upon during their visit, reinforcing the goal of creating a new relationship with the land.



See Also

Blair Library / New Library


Building a Sustainable Library

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Public Input Yields Greener Library Design



Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2005: Fayetteville Public Library, AR—Five Steps to Excellence


Projects: Green Library Project: Books For People, Libraries For Communities

Green Library Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas USA. We provide free books for families, libraries for communities and access to information using environmentally conscious alternatives.

Green Library Project is committed to improving literacy, reducing waste and working towards a healthier environment.

Green Library Project assists families in gaining access to books with the goal of empowering individuals to better our community.

Green Library Project, cooperating with other non-profit organizations and agencies, plans to construct a sustainable library in the Austin community using green building innovations.



Mission Statement

Green Library Project is a non-profit organization with the purpose of advancing literacy by acquiring, developing, promoting and providing books for people, libraries for communities, and access to information worldwide using environmentally conscious alternatives, innovations, materials, and methods. Towards this end, Green Library Project will undertake the following activities:

  • Implement programs recycling books to children, communities and libraries, schools, and universities in need.

  • Develop programs to improve and expand the quality of books, libraries, and access to information programs of communities.

  • Initiate a program that will build and source libraries with earth friendly designs using recycled materials and sustainable energy alternatives, innovations, and methods.

  • Develop programs that implement and/or support environmentally conscious methods of recycling damaged or outdated books.

  • Develop awareness in the business community, government, and in the general public of the value of books, libraries, and access to information.

  • Allocate funds as appropriate to organizations, agencies, or individuals who can provide books, libraries and access to information programs or products of high quality that are deemed beneficial to peoples and communities.

  • Conduct ongoing planning, researching books, libraries and access to information needs of communities, including new library facilities, and developing, updating, and evaluating progress of periodic written plans for the growth of information resources within those communities.

  • Engage in any other activities that will enhance peoples experiences with books, libraries and access to information worldwide using environmentally conscious alternatives, innovations, materials, and methods.



Green Library Facility Program

We are in search of a large facility that can be the Green Library Project incarnate by housing a consolidated warehouse, offices, public spaces, and alternative energy innovations. Green Library Project, cooperating with other non-profit organizations and agencies, plans to build a sustainable library in the Austin, Texas community. Plans for the library include using recycled building materials, rain water collection for landscape irrigation, solar power from photo-voltaic panels, a recycling center and other green building innovations. Our goal is to integrate the library into the community, so that the library has a community feel, a sense of place.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Blog: Going Green @ Your Library

Going Green @ Your Library: Environmentally-Friendly Practices For Libraries And Beyond!

Who, What, and Why

As John Muir wrote “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” The inspirational quote has long guided me in life knowing that my actions - or lack of action - has a profound affect on the world. My other passion is librarianship –freedom and access to all information, ideas, and resources for people everywhere. My goal is to connect these two important aspects of my life and myself as a human being living (temporarily) on this Earth. I am a regular blog reader and contribute post/comments to several blogs but until now, hadn’t found the need to create one of my own.

The excitement of finally seeing “green” practices making national, main stream news has encouraged me to create a Greening Your Library Blog. This blog lists ideas, practices, tools, and techniques to help libraries become more environmentally friendly, save money, and possibly even raise money for their library in the process.So here’s to a greener library and a greener future for all.

Conference: Georgia Public Library Services Facilities Summit, September 9-10 2008

Facilities Summit Adds to Libraries’ ‘Go Green’ Efforts

Libraries across the country are increasingly recognizing green building and sustainable construction as trends worth following. Georgia's public library systems are embracing the green movement and are hoping to take advantage of the energy savings, productivity increases and positive public perception that it brings.

Federal and state government initiatives in the form of tax rebates and credits, heightened demand by communities and dramatic improvements in the quality and variety of sustainable materials are among the many additional factors driving libraries to "go green," explained Nathan Rall, director of Library Facilities, Planning & Construction for GPLS.

"Fifteen public libraries are currently in design or construction utilizing capital outlay funding from the state," Rall explained. "I anticipate that number to increase to 20 or so by the end of the year. [snip]

To help educate members of the Georgia library community about green building and best practices that apply to construction and maintenance, GPLS sponsored its first Facilities Summit Sept. 9 and 10 at the Columbus Public Library. Approximately 50 library directors or their representatives, and even a few of their architects, attended.

The entire opening day slate, led by experts David Greenebaum of SOLINET and Kelly Gearhart of the Southface Energy Institute, was devoted to green building, sustainability and LEED. [snip]


"We finally have a full explanation of LEED certification for buildings and its importance in the future of communities across the state," he continued. "Also of critical importance to me was learning the etiquette of selecting ‹ and partnering with an architectural firm. The concept of linking a thorough community-needs analysis, a good long-range plan, an appropriate building program and a design-and-construction team makes perfect sense when you have time to discuss the process from end to end."


"Our mission at GPLS is to empower libraries to improve the lives of Georgians," concluded State Librarian Dr. Lamar Veatch, "and this two-day event is an excellent example of what we are doing to encourage visionary leadership and to facilitate collaboration, education and innovation within the state's library community. We look forward to sponsoring the Facilities Summit on a yearly basis."


See Also

Georgia Public Library News / Volume 6, Issue 2 /October 2008

Bibliography: The Green Library - LEED and Sustainability

A Bibliography for Construction and Library Planning: The Green Library - LEED and Sustainability (pp. 1-7) / August 2008

Compiled by the Staff of Library Development & Reference Support, Georgia Public Library Services (GPLS) for the Georgia Public Library Services Facilities Summit, Columbus (Georgia) Public Library, September 9-10, 2008.


Blog: Prairie Librarian: Green Libraries | Leed Certified Libraries

Reegan D. Breu. Services for the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) and the Prairie Librarian [] is the compiler of Green Libraries []:

>>The Directory Of Green Libraries Is UpDated Regularly<<



Going Green: Building a Sustainable Library (PPT) (Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Steve Posner)

The Green(er) Library (PPT) (SOLINET)

Libraries Build Sustainable Communities (ALA Task Force on the Environment)

Sustainable Library Design (Libris Design)


Canmore Public Library (Alberta)

Cardell Place (Alberta) (Houses Country Hills Branch / Calgary Public Library)

Collingwood Public Library (Ontario)

Crowfoot Branch - Calgary Public Library (Alberta)

Selkirk-St. Andrews-St. Clements Regional Library (Manitoba)

Semiahmoo Library and RCMP Facility - Surrey Public Library (British Columbia)
University of Toronto (Ontario)

Vancouver Public Library (British Columbia)

Waterloo Public Library (Ontario)

Whistler Public Library (British Columbia)


Ballard Library (Washington State)

Bozeman Public Library (Montana)

Bronx Library [Center] - New York Public Library (New York)

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)

Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library (New York)

Fayetteville Public Library (Arizona)

Hillsdale Library - Mutnomah County Library (Oregon)

Minneapolis Central Library (Minnesota)

North Adams Public Library (Massachusetts)

Oaklyn Branch Library - Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library ( Indiana)

Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (Wisconsin)
West Valley Branch - San José Public Library (California)

San Diego Library (California)

Santa Monica Public Library (California)

Seattle Public Library (Washington State)

See Also

Green Libraries - LEED Certified Libraries


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Conference: ACRL/NY Annual Symposium: The Greening of Libraries | Dec 5 2008

ACRL/NY Annual Symposium
The 21st Century Library: Targeting the Trends
When: Friday, December 5, 2008, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Baruch College, 151 East 25th Street, New York, NY

The 21st Century Library: Targeting the Trends highlights innovations that transform libraries and engage users. Topics of discussion include gaming, going green and next generation catalogs.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

The Greening of Libraries / Monika Antonelli

This session will examine the emergence of green libraries. The presentation will provide an introduction to green building, a review of existing green library buildings, and a look at green programs offered in libraries. The role librarians can play in creating green communities will also be discussed.


Monika Antonelli is a Reference / Instruction Librarian at Minnesota State Mankato. From 1992 to 2007 she worked as a Reference Librarian at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Currently she is serving her third term as an ALA Councilor at Large. In 2005 she received certification in permaculture design from Earth Activist Training (EAT) where she studied with the author and activist, Starhawk and permaculture guru Penny Livingston-Stark. She runs the web site Green Libraries and is the administrator for the Yahoo discussion group, Sustainable Mankato. In her community she serves as a member of the Greater Mankato Peak Oil Taskforce.



Extending a Green Hand: Environmentally Friendly Library Outreach Tips / Erin Dorney / Outreach Librarian / Millersville University

Are you concerned with the environmental footprint of your library? Do you cringe when making hundreds of paper copies of handouts? Learn how to implement “green” outreach methods for your institution. By using web tools (including social 2.0 tools like Facebook), creating virtual handouts, utilizing reusable displays, offering environmentally friendly incentives and more, you can experience amazing results: more value and visibility for your library while simultaneously helping the Earth!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Journal: Electronic Green Journal

[] (EGJ) is a professional journal on international environmental information is a professional peer-reviewed publication devoted to disseminating information concerning environmental protection, conservation, management of natural resources, and ecologically-balanced regional development. Because environmental issues frequently cross disciplines as well as national borders, EGJ welcomes scholarly manuscripts from all fields and countries.

The Electronic Green Journal (EGJ) is one of the first peer-reviewed environmental on-line journals promoting an open access publishing model. Since its inception in July of 1994, the EGJ has allowed all Internet users unrestricted access to original articles, book reviews, and information on international environmental topics.

The main goal of the EGJ is to assist in international scholarly communication about environmental issues. In order to meet this goal, the journal strives to serve as an open and active forum of communication about environmental issues, as well as an educational environmental resource, including both practical and scholarly articles, bibliographies, reviews, editorial comments, and announcements. At the heart of EGJ is free access to unbiased and quality information about environmental issues as an alternative to costly, commercially produced scientific journals.

EGJ is written for information consultants, environmentalists, ecologists, regional planners, publishers, booksellers, researches, educators, librarians, students, and Internet users interested in worldwide environmental topics. It is academically sponsored and published semiannually by the University of California Los Angeles Library.


Sample Content (v. 1 no. 26 / 2008)


Frederick Warren Stoss
If We Are So Smart, Why Do We Need Environmental Education?


T. V. Ramachandra and Uttman Kumar
Wetlands of Greater Bangalore, India: Automatic Delineation through Pattern Classifiers

Mahbubul Alam, A.Z.M. Manzoor Rashid, and Yasushi Furukawa
Policy Implications and Implementation of Environmental ICTPs in Developing States: Examples from Bangladesh


Ryder W. Miller
Searching for the Astronomical Environmental Nature Writing Classic: Ehrlich, Abbey, and Others

Gail Krantzberg
The Great Lakes, a 35th year anniversary; time to look forward


Flora Shrode
Environmental Information Sources

Bill Ted Johnson
Spiritual Lives of Great Environmentalists: John Wesley Powell and John Lane

Reviews [Selected]

Jeff Shantz / Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects by Arun Agrawal

Antoinette Maria Mannion / Sustainability or Collapse: An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth edited by Robert Costanza, Lisa J. Graumlich and W. Steffen

Elery Hamilton-Smith / Precautionary Politics: Principle and Practice in Confronting Environmental Risk, by Kerry H Whiteside

Elery Hamilton-Smith / Governing Environmental Flows: Global Challenges to Social Theory, Edited by Gert Spaargaren, Arthur P.J. Mol, and Frederick H. Buttel

Byron Anderson / A Contract with the Earth, by Newt Gingrich and Terry L. Maple

Victoria Carchidi / Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy, by Nancy J. Myers and Carolyn Raffensperger (eds.)

Enzo Ferrara / Alternative Pathways in Science and Industry. Activism, innovation, and the environment in an era of globalization, by David J. Hess

All 26 previous issues of EGJ, which were previously published by the University of Idaho Library in Open Journal System, are now offered in a new format provided by eScholarship Repository at California Digital Library


EGJ was originally published by the University of Idaho Library


As part of ALA's Social Responsibilities Round Table's Task Force on the Environment, [Maria Anna Jankowska] ... founded the Green Library Journal (later the Electronic Green Journal) in 1991 and distributed it for free to countries considered environmentally at risk


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Website: US: Green Libraries - A Website Dedicated to Documenting The Greening Of Libraries In The U.S.

Created in 2007, the Green Libraries [] website was designed to serve as a resource for information focused on the emerging trend of green and sustainable libraries.

The heart of this site is the Green Libraries Directory which contains a growing list of green libraries located within the United States and beyond.

Green Libraries Directory


Green Libraries Resources

  • Designing Green Libraries
  • Green Library Organizations
  • Green Librarians
  • Green Library Blogs
  • Green Building Resources

Maintained by Monika Antonell / Minnesota State University, Mankato / (

Chat: ACRL OnPoint: Green Libraries

ACRL OnPoint is a live series of informal monthly chat sessions that provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship.

All ACRL OnPoint chats are free and open to the public. Sessions are unmoderated, 30-45 minutes in length and take place in a Meebo chat room.

May 14, 2008: Green Libraries

[10 a.m Pacific / 11:00 a.m. Mountain / 12:00 p.m. Central / 1:00 p.m. Eastern]

Conveners: Mary Carr, Dean Instructional Services, Spokane Community College and Dr. Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for a Sustainable Future
  • From a library/librarians' perspective, how are our library resources when it comes to sustainability?

  • Are we supporting the college's curricular efforts?

  • What about the "greening" of the library and the campus?

  • Can we practice sustainability? Can we promote it by speakers, presentations, etc.?

  • What can we do within our library associations, and other professional groups?
This OnPoint Chat session will engage colleagues in discussing the following questions:

1) The whats, whys and wherefores of sustainability?
2) What is happening on our campuses and in our communities regarding sustainability?
3) How can we support what is happening and how can we contribute to "moving the needle?

Full Transcript w/Links Available At


Journal Issue: OLA Quarterly: Going Green - Libraries and Sustainability

OLA Quarterly / v 13 no 4 / Winter 2007

Going Green: Libraries and Sustainability

Institutionalizing Sustainability: An Emerging Trend

A How-To: Conduct an Environmental Audit in Your Library

Going for the Gold: Building a Sustainable LEED™ Library

Getting There is Half the Fun: Alternative Transportation and Oregon Library Employees

From Worthless to Worthy: Turning Media Trash into Recycling Treasure

Green Reading: Resources for the Sustainability-Minded

Full Text Of Entire Issue Available At


Library/Iowa: Marshalltown Public Library - A New Library for a New Century

In Marshalltown, IA, a New Library Building Emerges
Rita Ormsby / Library Journal /10-27-2008

“New Library for a New Century” will cost $9 million

First public library in state to seek LEED "silver"

Civic involvement spurred many contributions

The first public library in Iowa to seek LEED “silver” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is nearing completion in Marshalltown, a county seat of 26,000 people about 50 miles northeast of Des Moines. The current Marshalltown Public Library, a five-level Carnegie building, was built in 1902 and expanded in 1974. It has for years been overcrowded; the new 35,670 square foot building, on one level, will double the space.

In a state with many other Carnegie buildings that need replacement, library director Carole Winkleblack ... has been fielding inquiries from other Iowa librarians considering new building projects. The lesson from Marshalltown, she says, is that civic involvement is crucial to fundraising, going green, and even moving the collection.


After professional movers finish the job, the new library is scheduled to open on December 22 [2008].


New features

The new library includes a pavilion—a casual space for parents to read to their children—a youth programming area, and a café. Seating for adults and youth will increase, and meeting rooms with a capacity for 150, limited now to 25, will be available for public use after-hours. The 100 daily users vying for time on the current library’s six Internet stations will find 22 new Dell computers.


Seeking LEED

While a sustainable building had been under discussion, the decision to do so was accelerated when a Vision Iowa Board member asked, “Are you building green?” The USGBC awards "green" points in broad categories of energy and atmosphere; indoor environmental quality; sustainable sites; materials, and resources; and water efficiency.

The new library is situated downtown on a “recycled” building site, previously used as a parking lot. Its location will permit pedestrian access. In addition to the donated heating and cooling units, the solar panel photovoltaic array will convert sunlight to electricity. Sunscreens and high-performance glazing on the large exterior windows will maximize sunlight and minimize the heat passing through the glass.

Along with access via a city bus route, the new library will offer 90 parking spaces, with some spaces designated for fuel-efficient vehicles. Bike racks also will earn “green points.” Special water retention tanks under the parking area will help mitigate run-off downstream from the library. In the building’s interior, carpet squares have a high recycled content. And, in another touch earning LEED points, water conservation measures will be incorporated in the restrooms.


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