Call for SustainRT Committee Volunteers – Deadline May 5th

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) continues to grow and thrive with a dramatic increase in membership this year. Come be a part of this dynamic round table by serving on a committee to help continue the growth and relevance of our shared work.   Seeking members for the following committees:

  •  Governance
  •  Membership
  •  Online Education
  •  Outreach
  •  Programming
  •  Book Award

To read more about the committees: http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/sustainrt-committees

Applications accepted until May 5th
Notification by May 19th
Two year terms commence on July 1st

Details and volunteer sign up:  http://www.ala.org/groups/committees/volunteer/frm_vol/

Attending ALA MW in Seattle?

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

ENSULIB: volunteer to review!

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:

https://2019.ifla.org/conference-programme/calls-for-papers/

 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

Recommendation to Explore a New Direction for the ALA Endowment Fund

The Social Responsibilities Round Table and Sustainability Round Table recommend that the ALA’s Endowment Trustees:

  • Conduct a new Request for Proposal (RFP) for investment consultants in order to better align the ALA Endowment Fund’s investments with ALA values.
  • Consider switching from Merrill Lynch and Clearbridge to a fund manager that recognizes the financial risk that fossil fuel stocks pose to the Endowment Fund.
  • Consider increasing the percentage of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria for investments in the ALA Endowment Fund.
  • Consider the recent American Medical Association (AMA) divestment from fossil fuels as a model for ALA.

READ MORE HERE! 

FREE membership to ALA’s SustainRT for LIS students!

Exciting news for LIS graduate students, if you are a member of ALA, on September 1, 2017 you can join SustainRT for FREE:

  • Currently enrolled in ALA-accredited Master of Library Science/Master of Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) program.
  • Student members of ALA.

About: SustainRT strives to achieve a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society by providing resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication, library buildings and space design. SustainRT is a member of the ALA’s recently formed Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) which supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. SustainRT offers  committees and projects, webinars and events!

apply to be an AASHE Mentor

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is looking for mentors to serve for one year.  If your institution is an AASHE member, please consider applying to be either a mentor or mentee. Let’s get a pool of librarians (and library school students! ) in this program.  Mentors provide mentees with general guidance and support, and, if desired, advice in implementing a specific project. Mentors and mentees connect approximately once a month over the course of a year through virtual meetings, phone calls or in-person at our annual conference & expo. At the conclusion of the one-year term, mentees are expected to share a case study or other materials resulting from the project through the Campus Sustainability Hub.  More info on the program can be found here:  http://bit.ly/2ujL2MK

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity,  Partnerships –  in other words – the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300 Many of these goals libraries can be a part of for resources, knowledge and action:

UN sustainable development goals

Also be sure to download the Agenda  — a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/publication