Librarians March in Solidarity

Are you going to DC or one of the many locations around the globe this weekend? Environmental justice is justice for all and it’s listed as one of the unifying principles: https://www.womensmarch.com/principles/ 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed – especially at the risk of public safety and health.

 The official Mission and Vision for the weekend’s March

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

OUR MISSION

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

HEAR OUR VOICE.

“Greener” Conference Travel Tips

A collection of tips from posts from the past:

  • Bring your own water bottle  – You can fly with it – go through security with it empty and fill up on the other side! Many airports refill stations.
  • Bring your own coffee mug  –  Many places offers discounts for BYOM
  • Bring your own reusable utensils – like these To-go ware options … and toss in a cloth napkin too.
  • Bring a solar panel to rechargehere is the one I have.
  • Bring your own snacks on the plane or rail or car .. and for hotel room: snack mix, fruit, granola bars, nuts, instant oatmeal, popcorn (Usually its cheaper, better and healthier!)
  • Find options other than flying – can you carpool, train, bus  … bike? take a boat? 🙂
  • Try public transportation  – from the airport, and around town.
  • When eating out try for local, sustainable, eco-friendly places  – often times someone attending the conference creates a list if you look around for it  – and remember you can always ask a place about their policies!
  • Limit your swag and picking up promotional materials or handouts that will just be tossed. Can you access the handouts online? Do you really need extra plastic swag?  Also note, if you are flying, carrying all that material back home uses energy which really does add up if everyone were to bring back a few extra pounds.
  • Take a break and meditate
  • Join the Sustainability Round Table of ALA (SustainRT) events! 

Climate Data Harvest Project: what you can do

A blog post by the Issues and Advocacy RoundTable of the Society of American Archivists discuses what can archivist do regarding concerns about federal and environmental data with a ProjectARCC leader sharing some news and updates and ideas: “In the past few weeks, institutions such as the University of Toronto and the Penn Environmental Humanities Lab began to organize hackathons in order to seed the End of Term Web Archive project with climate and environmental webpages, and determine ways to effectively copy large data sets.”  The PR has grown (climatologist Eric Holthaus has been tweeting and the Washington Post and Vice wrote stories about it)

What can you do/learn more:

Travel offsets for librarians: resources

After listening to a recent webinar talk by David Selden (of the National Indian Law Library) for the American Library Association’s SustainRT I wanted to share some of the travel off set resources he provided.

As he spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries, their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries (read more) The December 1 webinar  recording and his slides  are available, and here are so recommended resources:

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity,  Partnerships –  in other words – the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300 Many of these goals libraries can be a part of for resources, knowledge and action:

UN sustainable development goals

Also be sure to download the Agenda  — a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/publication

SolarSPELL: Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

Just read about this super interesting new method to deliver a digital library that comes with its own Wi-Fi hotspot – useful for many rural areas around the globe.

Arizona State University professor Laura Hosman in the Schools of Engineering and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society created this innovative device, the Solar Powered Educational Learning Library, known as SolarSPELL

WHAT IS IT?  A digital library full of educational resources that generates its own Wi-Fi signal and solar power though any internet-capable device, such as an iPad, laptop or smartphone. AKA – a self-powered plug-and-play kit, portable enough to fit into a backpack.