Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB) had a very successful and well-attended session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio last week. The group welcomed research from Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the US, and presenting the IFLA Green Library Award for 2016, which included 30 submissions. First place went to Pequeño Sol ecological library, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, for its new crowdfunded and community-constructed building extension that incorporates renewable energies and recycled materials. Read the summary from American Libraries magazine.
A recent publication in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (11 (2)) by Beth Filar Williams (me!) Madeleine Charney & Bonnie Smith called Growing our vision together: forming a sustainability community within the American Library Association was published online Apr 01, 2016. It tells the back story about how the ALA SustainRT came to be….
As long-standing keepers of democracy and information stewardship, library professionals are a natural fit for advocating and promoting sustainability within their communities. From seed libraries to Occupy Wall Street libraries, their view of sustainability extends beyond environmental concerns to include community activism, economic development, and social equity. Empowering people, facilitating dialogue, and providing resources for a more resilient future are at the center of librarians’ vital and changing roles. These visionary professionals have powered libraries’ work as outspoken advocates with well-founded initiatives. For a long time, however, there was no cohesive sustainability-focused venue for sharing best practices, collaborating, and contributing to the profession. In 2014, after two years of focused research and promotion, the American Library Association (ALA) approved a new group, the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT). This article describes how library advocates built SustainRT over the years and gained momentum with a pivotal webinar series. Clear signs of SustainRT’s early success are a testimony to the critical need for a sustainability-related Community of Practice (CoP). The article shows how the steps taken to achieve this national group’s standing can serve as a model for fostering dialogue and collaboration (often through virtual means) that allows for wide participation. http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58825
Zen Pig, by Mark and Amy Lynn Brown— a children’s book series written and illustrated by a husband and wife team from Nashville, TN, designed to nurture the seeds of gratitude, mindfulness and love in young children. Each book sold gives 10 people clean water for 1 year through Mocha Club. A great series for all sustainable librarians to buy!
Visit Www.zenpigbook.com for more info & to shop for the books.
IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2016 will be held 13-19 August, in Columbus, Ohio, USA with the theme: Connections. Collaboration. Community. The programme is available online now.
The Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG) will have an open session which includes an introduction of the IFLA Green Library Award winner and Business meeting along with a few papers, on Thurs. 8/18 10:45-12:45 (session 215) called “Green Libraries: Together, for All”.
1. Using Library Information Technologies and Resources to Support Sustainable Projects, Hong Xu (University-Corpus Christi, United States). Paper in English
2. Environmentally Sustainable Library Buildings: opportunities and challenges for Asian countries, Saima Qutab (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Zainab Faruqui Ali (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Farasat Shafi Ullah (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia). Paper in English.
3. Searching for Sustainability – a blended course in how to search interdisciplinary, Mauritza Jadefrid (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Joakim Lennartsson (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Christian Kleinheiz (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Mats Blomberg (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden). Paper in English.
Also, stop by the IFLA Awards Presentation where the Green Library Award will be presented in the Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab, Tuesday 8/16 at 12:45pm (session 140)
**Proposals due August 1st**
For those that couldn’t make the ALA conference and attend our SustainRT sessions, you can read about two of the sessions SustainRT hosted in American Libraries Magazine:
- Striving for Sustainability: Four librarians show how they’re spreading environmental awareness (about our “Planting the Seeds” panel – SustainRT hopes to offer this panel session virtually in August, open to all)
- Sustainable Thinking for Libraries: There’s more to it than going green – a standing room only talk by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Matt Bollerman
Also, a panel of Caribbean Librarians spoke: The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education
And if you want more content, check out these #sustainRT Tweets!
ALA Annual Conference, Orlando
- more info here: http://www.alaannual.org/
- Saturday morning, June 25, 8:30 – 10 a.m. “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman (Hauppauge Public Library (New York) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System (New York) will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way.
- Saturday afternoon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., SustainRT will hold its annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities.” ALL ARE WELCOME!
- Saturday evening, 5:30 – 7 p.m. connect with SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social at Marlow’s Tavern, 9101 International Drive.
- Sunday morning, June 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” will explore how libraries of all kinds, already cornerstones of their communities and hubs of exchange, are uniquely positioned to act as change agents within those communities to become sustainable, resilient and regenerative. Panelists will include Jodi Shaw, children’s librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno.
- Sunday afternoon, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” will feature a panel of representatives from the National Library of Aruba (NLA) and partner organizations from the Caribbean island nation, the Netherlands and the United States as they share their experiences holding a series of symposia from 2012-2015 for 6,000 students and teachers in secondary schools and higher education on sustainable energy, food supply, and soil practices.