Submit a Session or Poster to the NCSE 2019 Annual Conference, January 8-9

The National Council for Science and the Environment is now accepting proposals for sessions and posters for the 2019 Annual Conference, January 8-9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This is an opportunity to share your research and experiences with colleagues who are actively working in the fields of sustainability, resilience, and education.
NCSE seeks sessions and posters that reinforce this year’s conference theme of Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience. Our planet is facing challenges such as extreme weather, growing urbanization, and resource scarcity. Cities and ecosystems are more vulnerable than ever, triggering an urgent call for a sustainable, healthy, and just world. More recently, the concept of resilience has become integrated into our thinking. This year’s conference will explore the challenges and opportunities emerging at the intersection of natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure as well as best practices. We will also look at community resilience and discuss how to apply best practices to all communities.
Submission Deadline: August 3, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.
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ALA Annual: SustainRT events!

All on SUNDAY June 24, 2018
http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/

8:30am – 10am
The Rising Tide: How Libraries Sustain a Planet in Crisis 

Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 278

Libraries and librarians can (and do) play a pivotal role in helping vulnerable communities build the physical, social, economic, and emotional resources and skills necessary to endure and thrive in the face of catastrophic climate, social, and economic disruptions. Librarian who work in a community/area especially prone to catastrophic weather events like flood, fire, drought, etc. respond to crisis by assisting their communities to recover. Please come hear the first-hand insights of two librarians, one public, one academic, on enlisting or providing support for their communities impacted by the disruption wrought after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. Speakers:  Marylyn Haddican, Library Director, Jefferson Parish  and Andy Corrigan Associate Dean of Libraries, Tulane University  This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).


10:30am – 11:30am
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

All interested please attend!


2:30pm-3:30pm 
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Join the Sustainability Round Table for a brief introduction to SustainRT, followed by micro-presentations by members on projects they are working on (or have worked on) related to sustainability in their libraries. Topics include managing donations to libraries in developing nations, planning environmentally-themed film screenings, finding practical ways to make more efficient use of resources and decrease waste, developing partnerships for campus sustainability, and re-purposing conference swag into sustainable library activities.  Speakers:

Uta Hussong-Christian, Science Librarian, Oregon State University

  • Uta will share her library’s “Party Pack” box (inspired by Green Girl in our town) and durable bag checkout (to keep books dry) as a way to use unwanted conference or other swag and then facilitate table brainstorm about other unusual but interesting sustainable activities.

Gayatri Singh, Reference & Information Services Coordinator, UC San Diego Library

  • Gayatri will discuss the campus’ sustainability initiatives and efforts, and created a Library Sustainability Committee on the UC San Diego Campus.  The charge of the group included developing comprehensive strategies and institutional practices that promote sustainability, including measures to make more efficient use of resources, conserve, and to decrease waste. Discussion will highlight the work we’re doing (events, policies, etc.).  Learn how attendees can implement and/or evaluate similar sustainability initiatives at their institutions, and share what is happening at otherinstitutions.

Rebecca L. Miller, Library Consultant, BiblioDev, LLC

  • Rebecca will lead a discussion on managing donations to libraries in developing nations and more specifically, how to get the donations to the country.  Paying for shipping is not “sexy” and people don’t like to contribute to it, but it’s critical!  This is one of the biggest issues I’ve encountered when working overseas.

Susan Conlon, Head of Youth Services, Princeton Public Library

  • Susan will conduct a mini-presentation on top documentary films with environmental themes that are available for screenings in libraries. It will include a set of slides with each film and discussion/brainstorming with the group.

Amy Brunvand, Librarian, University of Utah Sustainability Office

  • Amy will lead a brief discussion on a recent AASHE presentation on Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, which includes a quick overview of academic libraries as partners for campus sustainability.

 

 

Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations in Your Library

Facing the Future: Facilitating Climate Change Conversations in Your Library

Training for librarians in New England, Spring 2018

Dates, locations, registration HERE: https://umass.box.com/s/ndktbrgfa7nztzcy1pt2t1eqqtc1uf6d

From the news that earth surface temperatures hit a record high in 2016, to a presidential administration that denies the effect fossil fuels play in climate change, we are inundated with stories and images about climate change. And yet authentic face-to-face conversations about climate change (with family, friends, neighbors, colleagues) are rare. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, “more than half of those who are concerned about global warming or think the issue is important ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ talk about it with family and friends.” 
 
Participants will learn why dialogue about climate change is critical to creating a brighter future, and how librarians can facilitate dialogues that empower our communities to be better equipped to respond, adapt, and mitigate the effects. 
 
This interactive, experiential training will guide you through the creation of a “Climate Change Communications Toolbox” you can use to facilitate dialogue and host “Climate Change Conversations” within your library community. 
 
You will: 

  • Learn how to create and host “Climate Change Conversations” at your library. 

  • Share ideas for archiving and exhibiting artifacts created in workshops. 

  • Brainstorm ideas for building community partnerships. 

  • Learn why resilience and social capital are critical for communities to thrive and endure, and how libraries can help communities build both. 

  • Experience mindfulness exercises as a tool for “re-wiring” the brain to stabilize the nervous system. 

  • Explore your own thoughts and feelings about climate change through storytelling and reflective writing. 

IFLA’s ENSULIB Updates!

IFLA Green Library Award 2018

The third annual IFLA Green Library Award, sponsored by De Gruyter, announces the Call for Submissions for 2018. All the details may be found here: https://www.ifla.org/node/10159

Call for Papers for IFLA WLIC 2018

Join ENSULIB and the Library Services for Children and Young Adults Section for a joint session at IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. The Call for Papers may be found here: https://2018.ifla.org/calls-for-papers

Forthcoming Book

Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries: Buildings, Management, Programs and Services (working title) will be published this summer by De Gruyter. The contents will be drawn from papers given at ENSULIB?s 2017 Satellite Meeting, Open Session with the Public Libraries Section at WLIC 2017, and the 2107 IFLA Green Library Award.

 

SustainRT virtual & in person meetings!

If you are headed to ALA MW 2018 in Denver in February, check out these sessions and meetings:

Saturday, 2/10 @ 3-4pm – Business Meeting
Saturday, 2/10 @5:30-7:30pm – Social Event at Mercury Cafe, http://mercurycafe.com/
Sunday, 2/11 @1-2:30pm – Discussion: Crisis and Community
Monday, 2/12 @10:30-11:30am – News You Can Use: Sustainability Strategies for Libraries and Communities (Symposium on the Future of Libraries)

 

If you are not attending ALA MW, join the virtual meeting 
February 1, 2018
1pm EST / 12pm CST / 11am MST / 10am PST
Check http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/news for details on how to join virtually.

Webinar: Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today

November is a big month for climate science.
Upcoming Webinar
Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today:
Climate Change Conference in Bonn – COP 23
Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
 This webinar discussion will be about the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the outcomes from the international climate meetings in Bonn – UNFCCC COP 23.    National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Executive Director Michelle Wyman will facilitate the discussion between NCSE Senior Fellow Kathy Jacobs and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, as they review the high points of the report and the draft of the second volume. Thereafter, Second Nature President Tim Carter will share a first-hand summary of the events and outcomes during the UNFCCC COP 23 meetings held in Bonn, Germany.