Friday, January 30, 2009

Website: Designing Libraries: The Gateway To Better Library Design

Designing Libraries is an information resource and a forum for anyone with an interest in or involvement with library planning and design.


Aims and Mission

To provide a web based resource devoted to sharing best practice in the planning and design of library spaces of value for anyone with an interest or involvement in library design and building projects. The portal incorporates a database of library building projects from 1990 - 2011; image galleries; news on library building projects, events and publications; RSS feeds; links to hundreds of information resources and the opportunity to interact with others in the field. Designing Libraries aims to be the focus of an active community of librarians, architects, planners and others interested in library design.

>>>NOTE: UK Focus<<<




Designing Libraries is an information resource and a forum for anyone with an interest in or involvement with library planning and design.

It comprises:

  • A database of descriptions and images which can accommodate records of library building projects, including new builds, conversions and refurbishments for public, academic, school and national libraries, throughout the world. Currently there are more than 400 database records mainly from the public and higher education sectors, for projects dating from 1990- . The database can be searched by a wide range of characteristics to provide you with ideas or identify relevant projects to follow up in more detail.


  • Image galleries


  • News on library building projects, events and publications


  • Information resources. Links to hundreds of resources on all aspects of library planning and design


  • Ideas interchange through the LIBRARY-DESIGN email list


Future plans include the inclusion on the site of analysis of library design trends based on the contents of the Designing Libraries database and expert comment and analysis from librarians, architects and others.

The site will also offer opportunities for advertising and sponsorship to companies and individuals wanting to address the library design and building market.

Although Designing Libraries cannot recommend particular products or companies and cannot comment on particular design projects we will do what we can to guide enquirers to resources on the Designing Libraries site or elsewhere, which may provide answers to their enquiries. The LIBRARY-DESIGN list may also provide helpful input from professional colleagues.

Designing Libraries is provided by Aberystwyth University with support from our Partners and Sponsors.



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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Conference: Forming Natural Partnerships: Resource Sharing in a Green World

The 40thth Annual Interlibrary Loan Conference, April 30-May 1, 2009, Estes Park, Colorado!

Want to know how to “go green” in your library? Then THIS is the conference for YOU! In keeping with this year’s theme, we promise a sensational line-up of guest speakers and events, including an ILL End-Users session and a session on “green” ILL practices from the practitioner’s side. We may even throw in some interactive humor, a session designed to help you make the transition to “green” a little less “rocky” and without taking yourself too seriously in the process. Of course, our conference wouldn’t be complete without our OCLC and copyright sessions. Cyril Oberlander, Associate Director at
SUNY Geneseo will provide the keynote address and other nationally recognized guest speakers will round out the sessions.

The two-day conference remains affordable at only $95! Do you think your library can’t afford to send you to this conference? Then YOU may be eligible for our scholarship program. Log on to our conference web site at

for updated conference, scholarship, and hotel information. This year, we’re even providing a blog so that we can be more interactive with the ILL community!

If you have any questions, contact Cynthia Fields / Interlibrary Loan Conference Committee Chair

PH: 303-445-2064 / FAX: 303-445-6303 /



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Report: Library Energy Conservation Benchmarks / Primary Research Group

Primary Research Group has published Library Energy Conservation Benchmarks (ISBN: 1-57440-111-4)

Library Energy Conservation Benchmarks presents detailed data largely from academic and public libraries about their efforts to conserve energy and reduce their greenhouse gas imprint. The report covers a broad range of energy use and environmental issues including but not restricted to: architectural and structural changesto preserve energy, better use of insulation, current and planned use of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal; management of library-operated vehicles; use of energy audits and energy-efficient computer workstation management, among other issues.

Some of the many conclusions from the report are that:

* 9.1% of the libraries in the sample use a wattage measuring device to routinely measure electricity use by appliances and close to 9% have conducted an electricity consumption audit within the past year to determine electricity use for different divisions, rooms or sections of the library.

* The average library in the sample experienced a 3.23% increase in their electricity bill within the past year. For college libraries this was much, much higher, a mean of 9% and a median of 8%.

* Most libraries in the sample used gas heat, with one spending $287,500. Mean spending by libraries that use gas heat was $44,280.

* 15.56% of the libraries in the sample plan to replace single panel with double panel windows within the next three years.

* 6.67% plan to introduce atriums or skylights into the library in the same period and for the same purposes.

* A third of the libraries in the sample plan to introduce sensors that detect motion and turn lights off and on when needed.

* More than 68% of the libraries in the sample have made efforts to replace lighting with higher efficiency light bulbs.

* Close to 9% of the libraries in the sample have installed sensors in vending machines so that they use energy only during hours of service.

* Only 2.27% of the libraries in the sample use solar or geothermal energy generated by the institution itself for heating. 4.44% use solar energy to augment their electricity supply. All users were larger libraries with budgets of greater than $500,000.

* 11.11% of the libraries in the sample plan to install solar energy generators within the next three ears; most with such plans were public libraries.

Table Of Contents

  • Overall Spending on Electricity
  • Spending on Oil or Gas Heating
  • Library Water Bill
  • Trend in Prices for Electricity
  • Use of Wattage Measuring Devices
  • Refurbishing Windows
  • Plans for the Introduction of Atriums
  • Use of Motion Sensors
  • Plans to Better Seal Windows
  • Use of High Energy Efficiency Light Bulbs
  • Mean Indoor Temperature Maintained in the Library
  • Measures Taken to Control Air Conditioning Costs
  • Altering or Replacing Wall Insulation
  • Altering or Replacing Furnace or Boiler Insulation
  • Bicycle Commuting
  • Reducing the Energy Consumption of Vending Machines
  • Use of LCD Monitors
  • Policies on Shutting Down Computers When the Library is Closed to the Public
  • Use of Geothermal Energy
  • Use of Solar Energy
  • Library Auditing of Electricity Bills
  • Library Use of Vehicles
  • Chapter One: Introduction and Demographic Info
  • Chapter Two: Measuring Energy Use
  • Chapter Three: Windows, Atriums, and Natural Light
  • Chapter Four: Lighting
  • Chapter Five: Library Room Temperatures
  • Chapter Six: Air Conditioning
  • Chapter Seven: Insulation and Carpeting
  • Chapter Eight: General Conservation Measures
  • Chapter Nine: Computers and Other Appliances
  • Chapter Ten: Solar and Geothermal Energy
  • Chapter Eleven: Negotiating the Purchase of Electricity and other Forms of Energy
  • Chapter Twelve: The Library’s Transportation Assets
  • Chapter Thirteen: Advice for Peers
  • List of Tables


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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Social Network: The 'Green Library' In Top Five Green Facebook Groups


I’ve discovered that 'The Green Library’ Facebook Group


has been ranked in the Top 5 Green Facebook Groups by the Planet Green website


The Planet Green website is a companion to the Discovery Channel Planet Green TV series




Sunday, January 11, 2009

Conference: Transition Libraries: Resources for a Green Future

Transition Libraries: Resources for a Green Future

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library / Downtown Denver / Friday / January 23 2009 / 9:00AM -4:30 PM / FREE

Join us for this exciting event, on Friday, January 23, 2009 at the Blair-Caldwell Library in Denver, CO from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This (un)conference will provide a chance to join with like minded individuals to learn about the challenges and opportunities that will shape our future.

Come hear passionate presenters share information about climate change, peak oil and how we can assist our communities in making a positive transition away from fossil fuels and toward a more sustainable future.

Featured Speakers

Prof. Debra Slone of the University of S. Florida, author of "After Oil: Public Libraries Will Have An Important Role To Play In Our New Post-Peak-Oil Society," Library Journal, 3/15/2008

Leslie Glustrom of Clean Energy Action, a group of citizens working to bring clean energy solutions to Colorado

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Kenzie Davison of Transition Denver/Colorado, a group committed to making the transition from oil dependency to local resilience


Presenters on afternoon panels will share information about growing local food and economies, transportation and more. Join us in creating a richer, more connected and sustainable future!

Please plan to attend this FREE event / To register or get more information please contact: Dawn Howard dhoward[at]denverlibrary[dot]org / 303-641-4173.

The inspiration for organizing this (un)conference was the LJ article by Prof. Debra Slone ... [in which she attempts] ... to answer the question,

"What is the role of public libraries in helping our society move away from it's dependency on fossil fuels." Fossil fuel (coal and oil) use is problematic on three counts:

1) It is a major contributor to global warming

2) It is based on finite energy resources that are expected to peak in this decade with global demand soon outstripping supply, and

3) Our society and economy runs on these energy sources.

This [un]conference is an attempt to begin the conversation about what is at stake, what are pathways of transition, and what is the role of libraries in this process.

Prof. Slone will be presenting in the morning at this conference and we have many local Colorado speakers who will help us understand where we are and where we are going. There will be ample opportunity for Q & A so that we can begin this ongoing conversation.

Please plan to attend this FREE event / To register or get more information please contact: Dawn Howard dhoward[at]denverlibrary[dot]org / 303-641-4173.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Education: Live Online: The Greener Library

Ecological, social, and economic factors are prompting many libraries to consider “going green,” but how you make your library more environmentally responsible? What steps are practical in a real-world context, and what is the actual relationship between long-term financial benefits and up-front costs?

This two-day live online class will discuss current standards and practices for evaluating the environmental impact of existing, expanding or newly planned library facilities, and offer ideas for approaching environmental considerations relating to both physical plant and operating processes.


2/05/09 - 2/06/09 / 10:00 - 12:00 / Distance Education / $170 / $220 / Register

3/25/09 - 3/26/09 / 10:00 - 12:00 / Distance Education / $170 / $220 Register


You may register for a class using one of two methods:

Online Ordering - you may register for a class by clicking on the "Schedule" tab, and then click on the "Register" link for one of the scheduled classes.

PDF Form - you may register by printing out the registration form and faxing it to SOLINET.


Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call the Educational Services Department at 1.800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This course is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.


All web-based classes are advertised in Eastern time.

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