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The MLA books panel is currently seeking authors/editors for the following proposed monograph:


Sustainability in Libraries


Though often seen only as an approach to ecological preservation, creating a Green building or green workspace has many potential benefits. Libraries and librarians can take advantage of the greening to provide both cost savings and more hospitable environments for their patrons. This book will ideally become a reference on approaches to creating a green library space and library operation, through retrofitting, new construction, or changes to daily operations.  It should provide background information on green buildings and building certifications, the benefits of green buildings and green retrofits to extant buildings, and potential improvements green approaches may offer processes unique to libraries such as collection management and development. Ideally this book will include examples and case studies examining libraries that have obtained the LEED certification or completed greening projects.  Planning material and how-to ideas for libraries with a range of budgets should also be considered, in addition to information for libraries developing budgets or planning for building or space retrofits or new construction. 

 Potential topics for the proposed book:


Section 1 – Background Information

·         Defining a Green Building and Green Practices  

o   LEED Certification

o   Building Retrofitting

o   New Buildings

o   Green office practices and procedures

·         Benefits of Green buildings and management

o   Improving the physical environment for library patrons and staff

o   Energy savings

o   Cost savings

Section 2 – Case studies and examples

·         Libraries with LEED certification

·         Green projects to improve the physical library environment

·         Green approaches to library operations

Section 3 - Greening Your Library

·         How to make the case for green improvements

·         Green improvements for libraries with limited budgets

o   Greening library operations

o   Small green projects

·         Large scale green improvements

o   Building retrofits

o   New library building construction

Section 4 – Additional resources

·         Contact information for green certification organizations

·         Grant information for building improvements

·         Guides for green or environmentally friendly library operation

If you are interested in serving as the author or editor of this monograph please contact Dorothy Ogdon, [log in to unmask] or a member of the MLA’s Books Panel. 
For more information the MLA’s publishing process please visit the FAQ page:



Dorothy Ogdon, MSIS, AHIP

Reference Librarian, Assistant Professor

Liasion to the UAB School of Dentistry

UAB Libraries, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

205.934.2231 | [log in to unmask]


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