A must read column Sustainability in Libraries in the American Libraries magazine, launched this month with a first post by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich on sustainable thinking by convening communities and being part of the solution for a better world:
“This Sustainability in Libraries series will give our profession a chance to explore the issues surrounding sustainability more fully, learn about groundbreakers in our midst, and inspire you to think differently about the future of your community and your library”
If you missed the ALA webinar last week Bikes and Libraries: Pedaling Toward Innovative Outreach, Health, and Sustainability, you can find the recording here: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?RCID=e4a51c1901aa471e88f1d35056d99ce0 and the slides. Lots of interesting ideas, resources, and awesomeness!
JSTOR Sustainability is a new online resource that brings together journals, policy research and books on the topic of environmental sustainability and resilience – topics from agricultural economics to green energy, and from climatology to sustainable business practices. It was built in collaboration with think tanks, publishers, universities and researchers including American Meteorological Society, the International Association for Energy Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. (read more here)
From a SustianRT email post:
Most of us think about climate change. We may even have a nagging worry about it in the back of our mind. But how often do we actually verbalize our feelings about it in a meaningful way with other human beings?
Due to the sheer scope and seemingly impossible global challenges climate change poses, most of us would rather pretend it doesn’t exist, let alone have a meaningful conversation about it. But climate change is a reality our generation and the next will live with, whether we want to or not.
As hubs of our communities, libraries and library workers are in the unique position of being able to act as advocates to help our patrons with the process of acknowledging and accepting the very real effects of climate change, and aid them in developing the skills necessary to live and cope with the current and future realities of a climate change(d) world.
In this workshop, Madeleine Charney (UMass, Amherst Library) and Jodi Shaw (Brooklyn Public Library) will lay out a simple framework library workers can use to get people to start people talking about a topic that most of us would rather not think about.
This workshop takes place at METRO in NYC and is open to all LIS students and library workers.
Mon, April 24, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT