Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 10 AM- 12 Noon
Hosted by NOBLE 42 A Cherry Hill Drive, Danvers, MA 01923 Map
Presented by librarians: Madeleine Charney, UMass Amherst Libraries; CJ Wong, Merrimack College Library
Put Your Library on the Map* – Host a Climate Change Conversation!
Be part of the 2nd Annual Climate Prep Week (Sept. 24-30).
Massachusetts libraries are partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host climate change conversations in libraries across the state. The workshop will begin with background on Climate Prep Week, followed by examples of resilience-building events you can host in your library. Then we’ll move into a Climate Change World Cafe experience, as you imagine yourself hosting such an event. Other event types will also be touched upon (e.g. environmental justice workshops, maker spaces, mindfulness practices, book talks, film screenings, reflective writing, and interactive displays). There will be time to brainstorm ideas and ways to find collaborators…the possibilities are limitless! For all types of libraries: public, academic, school.
*Participating libraries will be represented on an interactive map on CREW’s website.
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Katie Sherrer is offering these mindfulness sessions at MidWinter she shared on Mindfulness for Librarians.: “…I know conferencing taps me out. So many ideas, less than great food, and definitely too little sleep. Mindfulness is a huge help, so I’d like to share with others who may want some instruction or just enjoy practicing in community.”
Drop in for any of her three pop-up mindfulness sessions (30 minutes each) in the Networking Uncommons. Sat 2-2:30; Sun 1-1:30; Mon 9:30-10
Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB) is a Special Interest Group under IFLA is seeking librarians to review submissions for (1) An Open Session at the 2019 WLIC and (2) the annual Green Library Award. Welcoming reviewers from all around the world for geographical equality and from different LIS professional groups (including architects) to attain a wide perspective. As a reviewer, you will have an opportunity to become acquainted with a range of interesting sustainability projects.
1. IFLA WLIC 2019 Open Session
ENSULIB is arranging an Open Session, “Let’s Change Now: Libraries Driving Sustainability” at WLIC, 24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece. The Call for Paper has been published already:
Seeking:Peer-review submissions for our Open Session. Submissions will be in abstracts form and we expect about 20 submissions. Reviewing is done with a point system, with categories such as relevance etc. Reviews will need to be completed in March.
2. IFLA Green Library Award 2019 (sponsored by de Gruyter Saur)
Seeking: Peer-review submissions for the Award. Submissions are abstracts, videos or slides. We are expecting about 20-40 submissions. Submissions are grouped so that reviewers have 10 to 12 submissions to review with evaluation is done in two rounds by giving points in given categories, like relevance etc. Reviews are to be done in April-May.
Interested? contact Harri Sahavirta, ENSULIB Convener: harri.sahavirta AT hel.fi
SustainRT is calling for interested members to run for positions on the SustainRT Board of Directors! The nomination form closes on January 31, 2019. We have three vacancies (including the brand new Round Table Councilor since we are finally large enough to qualify for our own ALA Council representative) and welcome a variety of candidates!
Open positions include:
Coordinator-Elect: Three-year term. The Coordinator-elect serves one year of that term as Coordinator-elect, one year as Coordinator, and one year as Immediate Past Coordinator.
Member-at-Large: Two-year term. The Member-at-Large is a liaison to other related round tables and has additional ad hoc and negotiated duties.
Round Table Councilor (rep to ALA Council): Three-year term. The Councilor represents SustainRT at Council meetings at Midwinter and Annual. The SustainRT Councilor is a voting member of ALA Council and may speak on the council floor, make motions, and propose and submit resolutions.
Feel free to reach out to those in the positions now if you have any questions OR if you have a suggestion on a person to nominate to run: Current Board and Committees
Info on how to run:
Candidacy form can be accessed at: https://www.directvote.net/alanomination/2019users.html (make sure to select the Division/Section/Roundtable Ballots link)
All candidates running for round table positions must complete the biographical information form no later January 31, 2019, after which point the form will go down and new candidates will not be accepted for the ballot.
Here are the instructions for candidates to register on the system:
1.) You will see a New User registration link on the first page.
2.) Click on the Register link to fill out the registration information and to set your passcode for the Nominee/Candidate process.
3.) Once in the Nomination site you will need to select your ballot. Once you have made your selection, click on “GO”.
4.) Next you will select the office for which you wish to stand for election and complete all required fields.
5.) If at any time during the process, you run into technical difficulties or have a question, please click on the “Help” located on the left side menu.
Are you going to ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle? Don’t forget to join SustainRT for some sustainability-focused events!
- Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting – Sat. 1/26 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Washington State Convention Center, Room 211
- Sustainability Round Table Social Event in collaboration with SRRT (Social Responsibility Round Table) and PRG (Progressive Librarians Guild) – Sat. 1/26 7:00-9:00 pm – Left Bank Books (92 Park, Seattle) **Please note new time and location!!**
- Introducing U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Libraries – Sun. 1/27 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Washington State Convention Center, Room 205
The full ALA Midwinter scheduler is here.
Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve, on Wednesday, 12/5/2018 1:00 PM (Eastern)
In February 2017, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a Community Conversations pilot with the goal of further establishing branch libraries as key civic convening centers, providing space, information and quality discussion for communities to better understand and problem-solve around local issues.
Aligning with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, NYPL’s Adult Programming and Outreach Services (ORS) Office developed an original 11-month training program with staff from 16 branch libraries that resulted in a series of unique, community-led programs.
Program boundaries were kept flexible enough for branch staff to be able to design programs with their own diverse neighborhood communities in mind. Branches experimented with a variety of tactics to ensure community focus, including community issue voting boards, a public planning committee, community-mapping and final program sessions that invited attendees to discuss next steps.
The Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum is designed to advance sustainability thought leadership and to inspire sustainability action. There are still openings! October 9 – 12, 2018 on the Yale University Campus: https://sustainability-forum.yale.edu/