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!
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
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:
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.
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.
Save 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
The Integrated Network for Social Sustainability – funded by the National Science Foundation – focuses on the social aspects of sustainability with a particular focus on engineering and its allied professions. Their website is a community of practice of sorts, with a goal to connect similar minded people, to create dialogue and share resources and ideas. INSS has hosted annual meetings since 2013 and often in several locations: Lansing, MI; Phoenix, AZ, Bend, OR; Charlotte, NC; and London. Those interested in joining and finding others to explore social sustainability issues with you can sign up for free. The resources page includes INSS member publications, annotated bibliography of resources, employment opportunities and conference information. You can subscribe to their blog via email and follow them on twitter!
SustainRT plans to introduce a resolution at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco that will raise the profile of the role libraries can play in fostering sustainable, resilient and regenerative communities. By leveraging the national stage that is ALA Annual we have an opportunity to help broaden our message amongst the membership and therefore to libraries across the world.
We see this as an excellent entry point to introduce ourselves, our mission and to create a larger coalition working on optimizing our library buildings, services and outreach efforts with a sustainable lens.
Our draft resolution is modeled on the New York Library Association’s resolution (found here: http://www.nyla.org/max/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=1031&MenuKey=news) which was passed by NYLA Council in February 2014.
To that end we are soliciting input on the draft resolution, viewable here: http://bit.ly/1AFfBsa
Please send comments to Rebekkah: firstname.lastname@example.org by APRIL 10, 2015