Kellie Sparks shares, in this American Libraries magazine column, the idea that libraries can assist supporting activists and other stakeholders in their communities fighting climate change by more proactively collecting and disseminating information Libraries naturally curate but can and should actively market meaningful data and resources to those seeking this information. She also offers a list of some key resources.
Check out the story about Amy Brunvand as an embedded librarian in the Sustainability Office, for the multi part series on Sustainability in Libraries in 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
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:
Also, a panel of Caribbean Librarians spoke: The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education
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Library Journal will be offering a new monthly column examining sustainability in libraries from a broad-based perspective, written by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich is Coordinator, Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie, NY – and a Member at Large of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table! The first one was just published May 2, 2016 entitled “The Capacity To Endure | Sustainability” is now available to read online.