Environmental management in Brazilian libraries

Nathalice Bezerra Cardoso 

Collaborating researcher from the Public Libraries in Brazil: reflection and practice research group of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO) and

Master degree in Library Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

E-mail address: nathalice@gmail.com

Copyright © 2017 by Nathalice Bezerra Cardoso. This work is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


In addition to the construction of sustainable buildings, there are several actions that can be applied in a library’s everyday activities aiming at sustainability. The goal of this study is to present, in practice, through examples, how librarians, as managers, citizens and professionals, can put Environmental Management into practice in their work environment. Libraries have a major potential to develop actions for sustainability, as they are one of the most common cultural equipment in Brazilian cities and towns. They should be an example for society and incentive production, spread information and environmental knowledge. This work also highlights the importance of creating partnerships with other institutions to make libraries increasingly sustainable. Sustainable libraries will help to produce critical thinking aiming to reduce humans’ ecologic footprint in the environment and contribute to the sustainable development of a region and thus improve the people’s quality of life. We conclude that it is crucial that the area of Library Science develop a relationship with sustainability also to collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keywords: Sustainable Libraries, Environmental Management, Library Science.


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curriculum vitae

Nathalice Bezerra Cardoso

After she graduated in Library Science at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO) with her bachelor’s final research paper “Librarians’ contribution for environmental education”, she took a graduate course in Environmental Management at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in which presented her research “The importance of the dissemination of environmental information to quality of life”. More recently she finished  her master’s degree, at UNIRIO, with dissertation entitled “Sustainable and Green Libraries in Brazil: Guidelines for Local Governments”, in which she presents national guidelines to implement public policies for sustainable libraries in Brazil. Nowadays, to continue her research, Ms. Cardoso is a member of the research group “Public Libraries in Brazil: reflection and practice” in which she develops studies aiming disseminate the relationship between sustainability and public libraries.