Inspiring TED Talk (from Clark U) from May 2015, by Rachel Shea, Librarian who believes “that if enough of us begin to shift our relationships to one another and Nature, we can produce enormous effects in sustaining our environment.” She gives some attainable goals we can do toward this shift!
Thanks Rachel – here is my tree hug :)
If you missed the tweet up this past july, there is now a storify about it! #critlib: environmental and labor implications of library technology. Storify of the #critlib chat from 7/14/2015 on environmental sustainability in libraries, moderated by @ibeilin, & @cat_lager. For more information about #critlib, including past & future chats, please see http://tinyurl.com/critlibx
sharing the information on this upcoming webinar from Simmons CE!
Forging Your Path as a Sustainability-Engaged Library Professional
A 60-minute Webinar with Madeleine Charney
Wednesday, November 18th 7pm-8pm eastern
As keepers of democracy and information stewardship, library professionals are well suited as advocates for sustainability within their communities.With climate disruption becoming more urgent, we need to empower our users, facilitate dialog, and provide resources for a more resilient future.
This webinar will illuminate:
- Implications of ALA’s “Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries”
- Opportunities to participate in SustainRT, a new ALA round table
- Methods for connecting to sustainability-engaged library professionals
- Ways to engage in your own library, from forming a green team to offering relevant services for your patrons
Through a live chat, we will share ideas and grapple with questions. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just dipping your toe in the water, this webinar will help you forge a path that suits your comfort level for professional involvement
60-min webinars: $30 for Regular Registrants, $20 for Simmons SLIS Alumni, $5 for Simmons SLIS full-time students and faculty
90-min webinars: $50 for Regular Registrants, $35 for Simmons SLIS Alumni, $10 for Simmons SLIS full-time students and faculty
Joint Tweet-up: SustainRT and ProjectARCC
Monday Oct. 19, 2015, 1pm eastern
On Monday, October 19, 2015 at 1pm ET, ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change) and ALA’s SustainRT (Sustainability Roundtable) are co-hosting a tweet-up to discuss how we as archivists and librarians can reduce our professional carbon footprint and implement sustainable practices in our institutions.
We invite you to participate by using #SustainLIS and by following @projectARCC and @sustainRT on Twitter. You don’t have to be an expert on sustainability or climate change to attend and contribute! We welcome all librarians, archivists, and information professionals to join this open discussion. How can we make our institutions environmentally sustainable in order to preserve our collections, profession, and planet?
Check out this new program launched by the Colorado State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to encourage people to visit state parks and get outdoors: patrons can check out a backpack containing maps, brochures, binoculars, and other materials including a park pass. The pilot project is starting now with 8 libraries in Colorado who received two “Check Out State Parks” passes along with the backpacks running until March 31, 2016. The full program will launch to all 260 libraries in the state April 1, 2016. Find out more here or click the image below!
Ever tuned in to the “The one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll show” Lost in the Stacks? Ameet and Charlie from the Georgia Tech Library pick a theme and free-associate an hour of music, interviews, and library talk every Friday for lunch 12-1pm (eastern). Their recent episodes have been on sustainability in libraries:
Episode 274 Oct 2 2015 “sustainability in libraries”
Episode 273 Sept 25, 2015 “respect des fonds, respect des planet”(aka ProjectARCC)
Exciting new sustainable initiative at my university this fall: Eco2GO They hope to save over 600,000 disposable containers from reaching the landfill each year!
1) Order food to go at all participating campus food locations
2) Receive food in these bright orange containers
3) Eat, empty/rinse and drop off at various locations around campus – dining halls, dorm areas, drop off locations like a book drop… we hope to have a drop off in the library soon!