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
And if you want more content, check out these !
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.
The editor for Sustainability: The Journal of Record interviewed Madeleine Charney, Sustainability Studies Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst and currently Coordinator of SustainRT, about how libraries can play a central role in furthering the field of sustainability…and how the Human Library Project fits in this model. Read the interview!
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 email@example.com
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
More here: http://sspp.proquest.com/about/special.html
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!