Library Journal editorial on ALA’s Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries

A Win for Sustainability: ALA’s resolution is an important start | Editorial!

Read this Library Journal editorial and review the resolution, passed in June by the American Library Association, which was brought to council by the (new) Sustainability Round Table.  Share with your colleagues and community, start thinking about ways to implement and transform.

And if you are not a member of SustainRT PLEASE JOIN for only $10 a year!SustainabilityRoundTable

Call for Abstracts: Sustainability and the Library!

A special issue of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy  – An open access journal for sustainable solutions (ISSN:1548-7733) invites contributions that integrate science, practice, and policy in original research, case studies, and policy analysis. Submissions should address social, economic, political, and biological/environmental interactions relevant to sustainability problems. The work should be grounded in specific research and be presented in language that is understandable across disciplines.

Call for Abstracts Deadline: May 1, 2015
submit via email to Dr. Maurie Cohen 
Review decisions by: October 31, 2015
Publication: Spring 2016

This special issue aims both to review how the LIS community has to date sought to advance sustainability and to chart a course for the next generation of effort. We are looking to identify contributions that bring forth new and innovative solutions and/or challenges focusing on issues such as:

  • Assessing the strategic role of library and information science in environmental protection, social equity, and economic development
  • Identifying the ways in which information research and information practices link to sustainability through, for example, access to information, intellectual freedom, literacy
  • Designing sustainable information
  • Greening the library
  • Measuring the environmental impact of different resources that libraries provide
  • Making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change and respect natural resources
  • Creating healthy indoor and outdoor environments through sustainable building practices
  • Motivating libraries/librarians to be change leaders
  • Evaluating the role of libraries in pursuing local sustainability through programs and services for public education and local policy/government

Download flyer (pdf) for complete information

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Charney publishes on shifting paradigms of academic librarians

Wonderful read by Madeleine Charney who just published her research study in the Collaborative Librarianship ejournal called “Academic Librarians and the Sustainability Curriculum:Building Alliances to Support a Paradigm Shift”  This article discusses her survey of sustainability LibGuides and follow up interviews with some of these librarians. She finds a wide range of professional work in sustainability by librarians but also the need for librarians to collaborate and learn from others in areas beyond libraries.  Also noted is that library administration needs to realize the importance of having a librarian with sustainability responsibilities.  Don’t miss the list of best practices found at the end of the article. One  of the outcomes of this study was the creation of an ALA roundtable focused on sustainability called  SustainRT!

The White Paper – corporate social responsibility & sustainability

Free online resource:  The White Paper which is a Generation Alliance consulting firm offering perspectives on business and branding. This month they feature an issue of a collection of stories and narratives related to corporate social responsibility, citizenship and sustainability. The Sustain Group Pty Ltd and the United Nations Global Compact Network in Australia worked with Generation Alliance for this issue’s stories. The issues offers  stories such as  Green Washing, Rethinking Global Goals, Corporate Social Responsibility, and on sustainable development.  This issue of the White Paper  might be work adding/linking to in your library. 

Article: recycling old buildings into libraries

ifla_journal_imageThis IFLA Journal (from Sage Journals) article called The second hand library building: Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries, written by Petra Hauke and Klaus Ulrich Wener (Of Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany) discusses the debatable topic of tearing down old buildings to build “green” or transforming existing buildings – perhaps not libraries – into sustainable library buildings.  Recycling older buildings can be challenging  but reduces the ecological footprint!  The article discusses some best practices and case studies gleaned  from Germany and other European counties. The article includes some photos of interesting redesign too.

It also covers the important aspect of educating LIS student’s in sustainable building design  “so that the new generation of librarians will adopt the ideas and goals of sustainability in library buildings through recycling old buildings for excellent library use.” [page 64] The Berlin School for Library and Information Science has a  seminar course called “Turning a book from idea to realization” where the students pick a topic in LIS, solicit authors, peer review the articles, and get them ready to print by an open access publisher! They have now published a few books on library buildings including “Secondhand but excellent! The Reuse of old buildings for library use” [find in German on Amazon | open access online in German]

Read the article to find out more! and what a great idea  – wonder if other library schools are offering this real world experience for their students!

Inhabitat’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

inhabitatInhabitat readers have been voting on their favorite stories of 2012! Check out the winners in a slideshow here or view each by category   So many good stories it’s hard to pick MY favorite: