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 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. 

Call for Proposals for NCORE 20187!

Opportunity to present!

I saw this call from a colleague Lindsay Marlow,  who has attend this conference for several years and speaks very highly of it!   The call for proposals for the 2018 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (in NOLA May 29-June 3)is due  Dec 1, 2017:  https://ncore.ou.edu/en/ncore-2018/programming/callforpresentations/  She notes the  Suggested Areas of Emphasis for Proposals and under the Race, Ethnicity, Sovereignty, Transnationalism, Power, or Intersectional Identity  themes that might lend themselves to fall under the Sustainability area.

  • Reflections in Activism and Organizing: Self-work, Self-Care and how we show up and remain standing (Mindfulness work)
  • Identity Development, Self-Work, and Self-Care, How we show up (Mindfulness)
  • Identity Development, Intergroup Dialogue, Facilitation, Perspective Taking and Empathy (Climate Conversations)
  • The Environment: Sustainability and Environmental Justice (SUST-RT work, our individual work, as well as potential to collaborate on a panel with libs from other ODLOS round tables or affiliates)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (For the Science/Sustainability Libs amongst us)