Only ONE WEEK LEFT for registration as Monday, October 8, is the last day to register for AASHE 2012. Register Now! The conference is always packed with good information, networking, and ideas! Some great keynotes too like L. Hunter Lovins talking about “Innovation in Higher Education: Leading the Change; and the ” The Crossroads Project, a live musical performance along with physicist Dr Robert Davies combining music, information and intellect for a unique session! There are plenary speakers, Lunch Meetings, networking events, and of course the conference sessions…I hope some are by librarians but there was no way to search and find sessions by librarians. So if you are presenting or know of something there, comment here or send me an email!
Since it’s a social and sustainable based theme this time, I wanted to promote this CFP for this wonderful and unique conference! Check out the line up of speakers and consider presenting!
Call for Proposals
As David Bornstein and Susan Davis succinctly define, “Social entrepreneurship is a process by which citizens build or transform institutions to advance solutions to social problems, such as poverty, illiteracy, environmental destruction, human rights abuses and corruption, in order to make life better for many.”* At the third “Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians,” sponsored by the libraries at Wake Forest University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we will explore the paths by which librarians have engaged in social entrepreneurship to promote social change in their communities and beyond.
This conference will provide a forum to:
- Share and celebrate the social entrepreneurial accomplishments of librarians and information professionals
- Inspire each other to innovate and promote change
- Create a community to promote entrepreneurial practices
We seek presentations from librarians and information professionals about projects that have transformed library services or have provided solutions to social problems. The successful presentation could include:
- An innovative approach that used social entrepreneurship to fill an unmet need or promoted change
- A description of how a solution was designed and implemented
- A discussion of lessons learned and what could have been done differently
- A description of the keys to a successful project
- A tone that inspires social entrepreneurship, no matter how small the project
The conference will feature keynote addresses from noted professionals in our field:
- Mandy Henk, Librarian at The People’s Librarian, Occupy Wall Street, as well as the Coordinator of Access Services at DePauw University.
- Brian Mathews, Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech’s University Libraries. Creator of the popular blog, “The Ubiquitous Librarian,” Mathews recently wrote “Think Like a Startup: A White Paper to Inspire Library Entrepreneurialism.”
- Michael Porter, President of Library Renewal, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding equitable ways for library users to access electronic content.
Conference dates and location:
May 16 & 17, 2013 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Presentations may be made in one of two formats:
- One-hour break-out sessions with 45 minutes for presenting and 15 minutes for Q&A. These may be panels or single presenters. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words.
- Five minute “lightning rounds” with time for Q&A after all have presented. Only a microphone will be provided so be prepared without visual aids! Proposals should include a description of 25-50 words.
Proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2012. Please click here for the submission form or
For more information about submissions, contact:
Ellen Makaravage firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Lutz email@example.com
*in Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, New York: Oxford UP, 2010.
AASHE & RIO+20 June 28, 2012
The AASHE blog allows for members to express thoughts and ideas with the wider AASHE audience. With the recent Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the blog has offered summaries and thoughts on the conference’s effects on higher ed. I liked this particular quote and can see how libraries can be a part of these efforts though providing access and hence education to all:
I truly believe that higher education must be a leader in these efforts but we will not be effective unless we have a systems-based approach where our political, economic and social institutions work closely in collaboration with education across all ages and in much more applied and practical ways. The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, launched by UNESCO and led by UN Asst Secretary Elizabeth Thompson, is a start, as it raises the recognition of higher education’s contributions to sustainable development efforts. (from Kim reports from #Rio20 post)
Sustainable Events at ALA Anaheim June 14, 2012
Going to ALA? Please tweet #sustlib (and #ala12) for any conference sessions that take about sustainability issues in libraries!
TFOE Meet up!
Friday 7:30pm (Hilton Anaheim Oceanside Tbl 5) Meet the incoming (enthusiastic!) volunteer chairs of TFOE …discuss ideas on how TFOE might evolve or become its own round table etc!
Successful Collaboration in Good Times and Bad
Sat., Jun. 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon (ACC 303C). A panel of experts discuss three digital collaborative efforts and discuss factors that have or could have made them successful and sustainable. Practical counseling.
Sustainable Thinking: Passageways to Better Buildings, Budgets and Beyond
Mon., Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon (ACC206A). Promises to take sustainability to “a new level of understanding,” claiming sustainable thinking fosters partnerships, improves social equity and economic vitality, enhances environmental quality, increases revenue, and conveys value. ” Speakers are Jeffrey Scherer (MS&R Ltd.), Louise Schaper, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst.), and Susan Benton (ULC).
The International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) and the Sister Library Initiative: Cooperation Across Borders
Mon. Jun. 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon (ACC 201C) . Librarians discuss their sister library partnerships and how they provide a mutual source of pride, opportunity, and inspiration.
Going to ALA? June 13, 2012
I hope you attend the Task Force on the Environment meeting Friday night June 22, at 7:30pm at Hilton Anaheim Oceanside. (you can vote here on Linkedin to let people know if you are attending … and join the Sustainability Librarians Linkedin group!)
Also if you go to ALA please tweet #SustLib from any ALA2012 session having to do with green topics (thanks Mara Egherman for creating this!)
Youth Sustainability Video Contest! May 8, 2012
Calling America’s Youth – submit a video on what you doing to foster sustainable communities - due June 1! The Obama Administration invites video submissions from America’s youth in the areas of economy, education, energy and environment, health, and science and technology. Winning videos will be chosen by a panel of Administration officials and featured at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Winners also will be invited to the White House for a special event on sustainability leadership!
2nd Annual Green Schools National Conference January 19, 2012
WHERE: Denver, Colorado
WHAT: national gathering of K-12 leaders and educators! Find out more and register here.
Also check out other upcoming green student competitions and challenges!
AASHE 2011 Conference Presentation Materials Now Available December 15, 2011
AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) now has available all of the conference posters, panels and presentations from 2011 conference in Pittsburgh last October and the 2010 in Denver. The conference materials are in one searchable database, searched by conference year, category, organization, session type and keyword. Blog posts, photos and videos can also be found on the AASHE conference website.
Libraries for Sustainability – Networking Event at AASHE 2011 November 9, 2011
Librarians who attend the AASHE Conference in early October gathered together for a networking event called “Libraries for Sustainability”. Though the participants mostly included sustainability officers there were also a handful of librarians. Their discussion resulted in 10 ideas for connecting campus libraries as partners in the sustainability movement. Madeleine K. Charney, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bonnie J. Smith, University of Florida wrote up a summary of the discussion which is a must read for any academic librarian to review! Read the full report here.
Thanks to those who participated and wish I had been there in person too!
AASHE Conference 2011 – registration now open! August 18, 2011
Registration is currently open for “AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities,” October 9-12, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate, will be the conference’s opening keynote speaker and Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, will be the AASHE Student Summit keynote speaker. See other additions in the conference program overview. I attended last year and it rocked! I hope some of you green librarians get a chance to attend too!