The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: “Social Entrepreneurship in Action”

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

For more information please see the conference web page or

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.

Submission Deadline:

Proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2012.  Please click here for the submission form or
For more information about submissions, contact:

Ellen Makaravage

Kimberly Lutz


*in Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, New York: Oxford UP, 2010.

4th & Final – Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series on August 28

Please join us for the fourth and final webinar series on August 28, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)
This webinar is focused on avenues for action and collaboration. You will receive an update on: new leadership of ALA’s Task Force on the Environment (TFOE) and plans for the future; the possibility and need for creating a Library Sustainability Toolkit; library sustainability related presentations, research and articles with the potential for collaboration. There will be an opportunity to contribute to an open discussion and facilitated brainstorming session on the next steps to advance the sustainability front in libraries. Each of us holds part of the answer!

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Ebook: 2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review

AASHE‘s “2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review” is now available for Amazon Kindle to members and non-members at just $1.99.  (Also available to members in PDF format ) This review reveals an increased focus on higher education access, affordability and success; more green building efforts than ever; and growing campus community engagement with food security initiatives, among many other achievements. Contributors include Lumina Foundation’s James Applegate, Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center’s Todd Cohen, Ball State University Council on the Environment’s Robert J. Koester, and the University of Vermont’s Mieko A. Ozeki. The review also takes a look at “what’s next,” profiling four innovative campus-community partnerships toward resilient, secure, sustainable communities to keep an eye on in the coming years.

new DataONE portal

DataONE, the Data Observation Network for Earth is “the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data. [about dataONE] “  It  is a collaboration of universities and government agencies,  organizing and serving vast amounts of highly diverse and interrelated  scientific data.  Through a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF),  this  community-driven organization features  nodes at the University of New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Tennessee, and   the California Digital Library (CDL) with searchable access to data, and ability for funders, users, developers, educators, and any other stakeholders to gather and contribute to DataONE products and services. Check out their data, education, resources or how you can participate!