Librarians March in Solidarity

Are you going to DC or one of the many locations around the globe this weekend? Environmental justice is justice for all and it’s listed as one of the unifying principles: https://www.womensmarch.com/principles/ 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed – especially at the risk of public safety and health.

 The official Mission and Vision for the weekend’s March

We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

OUR MISSION

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us – immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault – and our communities are hurting and scared. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

HEAR OUR VOICE.

Climate Data Harvest Project: what you can do

A blog post by the Issues and Advocacy RoundTable of the Society of American Archivists discuses what can archivist do regarding concerns about federal and environmental data with a ProjectARCC leader sharing some news and updates and ideas: “In the past few weeks, institutions such as the University of Toronto and the Penn Environmental Humanities Lab began to organize hackathons in order to seed the End of Term Web Archive project with climate and environmental webpages, and determine ways to effectively copy large data sets.”  The PR has grown (climatologist Eric Holthaus has been tweeting and the Washington Post and Vice wrote stories about it)

What can you do/learn more:

Last call for papers: World Symposium on Sustainabilty Science…

Join in the conversation at the World Symposium on Sustainability Science: Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals– in Manchester, UK, 5th-7th April 2017 by submitting your abstract by October 15th (deadline has been extended – even though the website doesn’t indicate that). Accepted papers will be published in the publication “Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research”

The United Nations  are celebrating this week the first anniversary of the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, which set-up the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in   “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” — a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom and shows the need for an integrated handling of the three main dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

 

 

 

Librarians at AASHE Conference?

If you are going to be at the 2016 AASHE conference this October 9-12 (FYI registration ends 9/22!) in Baltimore, two librarians active in SustainRT will be there and are hosting two eve

Mon, 10/10

Poster Session from 4 – 5:15 PM: Team Up With Your Campus Library for Sustainability Education and Outreach

Includes: Examples of how libraries have been active partners and leaders in campus sustainability initiatives.

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, Hall C

 

Tue, 10/11

Networking Meeting from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Beyond the Library: Librarians Team up With Campus Partners for Sustainability Education and Outreach

Includes:  A wonderful opportunity to share your sustainability work and/or to gain ideas of how to be sustainable within your own campus community! (Feel free to bring your lunch.)

Location: Baltimore Convention Center, 303

Recording Available – Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities

You can now hear the 30-minute recording of SustainRT‘s 9/15/16 webinar…

Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities

This was a recap from our panel presentation at ALA 2016. Speakers included:

  • Jodi Shaw, children’s librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University
  • Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, FresnoPast webinar recordings are available here:
    http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/events-0

ENSULIB at IFLA

Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB) had a very successful and well-attended session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio last week. The group welcomed research from Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the US, and presenting the IFLA Green Library Award for 2016, which included 30 submissions.  First place went to Pequeño Sol ecological library, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, for its new crowdfunded and community-constructed building extension that incorporates renewable energies and recycled materials. Read the summary from American Libraries magazine. 

ifla-logoSave the date: ENSULIB will hold a two-day meeting in Berlin August 16-17, 2017. This directly precedes the IFLA conference in Wroclaw, Poland. Follow them on Facebook

Environmental Sustainability Sessions at IFLA in August!

IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2016  will be held 13-19 August, in Columbus, Ohio, USA with the theme:  Connections. Collaboration. Community.  The programme is available online now.

The Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG) will have an open session which includes an introduction of the IFLA Green Library Award winner and Business meeting along with a few papers,  on Thurs. 8/18 10:45-12:45 (session 215) called “Green Libraries: Together, for All”

Papers:

1. Using Library Information Technologies and Resources to Support Sustainable Projects, Hong Xu (University-Corpus Christi, United States). Paper in English

2. Environmentally Sustainable Library Buildings: opportunities and challenges for Asian countries, Saima Qutab (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Zainab Faruqui Ali (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia) Farasat Shafi Ullah (University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia). Paper in English.

3. Searching for Sustainability – a blended course in how to search interdisciplinary, Mauritza Jadefrid (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Joakim Lennartsson (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Christian Kleinheiz (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden) Mats Blomberg (Gothenburg University Library, Sweden). Paper in English.

Also, stop by the IFLA Awards Presentation where the Green Library Award will be presented  in the Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab, Tuesday 8/16 at 12:45pm (session 140)