Calling all Academic Librarians – feedback needed!

Please add feedback to STARS 2.0 (background info) before Fri. 11/30 6pm PST. All the info to plug in is below — or add your own comments! Help AASHE see that libraries are a vital part of sustainability!   Anyone can comment. You don’t have to be an AASHE member.

1) Go to the  Public comment form

2) Select: Individual

3) Select Other: Academic Librarian (or whatever title you choose to use)

4) STARS subcategory: Research

5) Enter text box:  ER 10: Support for Research (tweak if you wish!)

Librarians as a resource and partner in research, teaching, and outreach to support sustainability across the campus, including curriculum development, sustainability literacy, materials selection, research guides, and e-learning objects, covering topics related to social equity, diversity, and the environment. The preservation and sharing of campus sustainability output via the Institutional Repository that has global reach.

By 6pm PST – Friday Nov 30 2012

See the original text  (go to section ER10 B. #4)

Call for Papers!

TITLE: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

EDITOR: Maria A. Jankowska

PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press

BOOK ABSTRACT: In the last ten years literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK: This edited collection strives to capture the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It will serve as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.

POSSIBLE TOPICS: With this call, the editor invites articles, essays, and case studies that describe specific activities undertaken by academic libraries or visions for future activities that support university sustainability research and teaching. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Integrating sustainability literacy into bibliographic instruction and university courses

· Selecting materials in support of sustainability-related curriculum

· Creating effective research guides on sustainability topics related to social equity, economic practicality, and the environment

· Promoting open access content resources related to sustainability

· Partnering on university sustainability curriculum design and collaborative teaching

· Participating in university efforts to educate for sustainability across disciplines

· Supporting the university’s sustainability research, teaching, and outreach

TARGET AUDIENCES: The editor believes this book will be of interest to a large variety of audiences including the following:

· Librarians seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their passion for sustainability

· Library managers interested in leveraging and highlighting library services that support their institution’s focus on sustainability

· Teaching faculty collaborating with libraries on projects related to sustainability

· University administrators interested in the strategic role of libraries in educating for sustainability

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 26, 2013. A first draft ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by April 2, and a final manuscript will be due by June 25, 2013.

Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials are edited as necessary for clarity. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words (highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper) at the beginning of each manuscript. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Examples are available here. (Research and Documentation Online by Diane Hacker).

Submission of proposals should include:

  • Name of author
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • Contact information
  • 300-500 word abstract


  • Abstract submission: January 15, 2013
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: February 26, 2013
  • Full chapter submission: April 2, 2013
  • Communication of review results to authors: May 2, 2013
  • Final chapter submission: June25, 2013
  • Estimated publication date: 2013

Free Watershed Academy Webinar 11/28/12

Free Watershed Academy Webinar on “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps” on Nov. 28, 2012 at 1-3pm EST


The US EPA is promoting their new apps and website which will  let users quickly learn about waterways in the USA, condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams  from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer:    The app  uses mobile device locations or a user-entered zip code/city name  to send information on their local quality of water bodies. Way cool!    The webinar will also discussion the SwinGuide  (find a close beach and get beach status information!) and the RiverView (share pictures of your favorite river and share information on its condition) – two other apps you must check out and promote as well!

Note from their website:  “This app was released on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation’s water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship.”

Register for this webinar, view archived webinas or find out more!


Chasing Ice Film, a must watch!

Just read a great blog post by Erin Dorney promoting the film Chasing Ice and had to repost it along with my own promotion of the film. It was the first film we showed on campus this semester as part of our UNCG Sustainable Film and Discussion Series, our 6th year of this series, put on my our music librarian (along with my help), hosted for free at our on campus Weatherspoon Art Museum, once a month each semester. (here are the films from last AY and films from the past)

This cativating film goes back to  spring of 2005 when National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic (and other locations  to capture images showing the Earth’s changing climate visually. This amazing experience lead him to  create  the Extreme Ice Survey, using time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As Erin in her blog post pointed out, it’s a great film to show visually and scientifically the climate change issues as a lead in to a great discussion with students. Our post film discussion included students, professors and many from the local community with a geology professor facilitating the discussion, applying our thoughts  to our local are and state, what can we do to make a difference.  Here are some general resources that came out of the discussion:

Tool: Global Closet Calculaor


In honor of geography awareness week, check out this tool called the Global Closet Calculator. Aimed for youth or use by teachers with classes, discover interdependence and globalization concepts. The interactive “quiz” walks them through their closets to determine (generally) where they might come from, all over the global. It critically reflects on the values and points of view, bringing more than just awareness as to how everything we have in our “closet” comes to be.  Offers good discussion potentials on source of the materials, various labor practices, and the potential implications of their decisions in purchases.

Online Workshop – The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

Library Juice Academy offers a number of online professional development workshops for library staff. In January there is an online two week workshop focusing on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement for .75 credits/$90  The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement.  This workshops will guide you  through a practical process for becoming actively engaged in sustainable activities on your campus with reading assignments, exercises, and participation in a forum to connect and inspire. Topics  include: “Temperature Check” of Your Institution, Finding Your Allies, Library as Common Space, and Bridge Building Tools.

The wonderful  instructor Madeleine Charney is the  Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has presented at the   Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference – “Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability; ”  and this  past year she co-facilitated  (with me!) a 4-part webinar series  “Libraries for Sustainability.”

Slavery Footprint

Launched last fall, this website asks the single questions “How Many Slaves Work For You?” – a survey you can take to see how many indirect modern slaves work for you. Their goal is educating people to create a free market by free people.  Deep within the supply chain, clothing you buy, electronics you purchase, food you eat, comes from somewhere with people involved in the making of it. This site simply, with some  nice graphics, walks you through examples of how your purchases start with raw materials, then manufacturing,  companies/brands …to you. With many people often underpaid, in poor conditions, possible child labor – AND often producing detrimental  environmental aspects – through the entire process. Take the survey and find out how many slaves actually work for you.  Then you can truly say it was Made in A Free World