ALA Annual: SustainRT events!

All on SUNDAY June 24, 2018
http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/

8:30am – 10am
The Rising Tide: How Libraries Sustain a Planet in Crisis 

Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 278

Libraries and librarians can (and do) play a pivotal role in helping vulnerable communities build the physical, social, economic, and emotional resources and skills necessary to endure and thrive in the face of catastrophic climate, social, and economic disruptions. Librarian who work in a community/area especially prone to catastrophic weather events like flood, fire, drought, etc. respond to crisis by assisting their communities to recover. Please come hear the first-hand insights of two librarians, one public, one academic, on enlisting or providing support for their communities impacted by the disruption wrought after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. Speakers:  Marylyn Haddican, Library Director, Jefferson Parish  and Andy Corrigan Associate Dean of Libraries, Tulane University  This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).


10:30am – 11:30am
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

All interested please attend!


2:30pm-3:30pm 
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Join the Sustainability Round Table for a brief introduction to SustainRT, followed by micro-presentations by members on projects they are working on (or have worked on) related to sustainability in their libraries. Topics include managing donations to libraries in developing nations, planning environmentally-themed film screenings, finding practical ways to make more efficient use of resources and decrease waste, developing partnerships for campus sustainability, and re-purposing conference swag into sustainable library activities.  Speakers:

Uta Hussong-Christian, Science Librarian, Oregon State University

  • Uta will share her library’s “Party Pack” box (inspired by Green Girl in our town) and durable bag checkout (to keep books dry) as a way to use unwanted conference or other swag and then facilitate table brainstorm about other unusual but interesting sustainable activities.

Gayatri Singh, Reference & Information Services Coordinator, UC San Diego Library

  • Gayatri will discuss the campus’ sustainability initiatives and efforts, and created a Library Sustainability Committee on the UC San Diego Campus.  The charge of the group included developing comprehensive strategies and institutional practices that promote sustainability, including measures to make more efficient use of resources, conserve, and to decrease waste. Discussion will highlight the work we’re doing (events, policies, etc.).  Learn how attendees can implement and/or evaluate similar sustainability initiatives at their institutions, and share what is happening at otherinstitutions.

Rebecca L. Miller, Library Consultant, BiblioDev, LLC

  • Rebecca will lead a discussion on managing donations to libraries in developing nations and more specifically, how to get the donations to the country.  Paying for shipping is not “sexy” and people don’t like to contribute to it, but it’s critical!  This is one of the biggest issues I’ve encountered when working overseas.

Susan Conlon, Head of Youth Services, Princeton Public Library

  • Susan will conduct a mini-presentation on top documentary films with environmental themes that are available for screenings in libraries. It will include a set of slides with each film and discussion/brainstorming with the group.

Amy Brunvand, Librarian, University of Utah Sustainability Office

  • Amy will lead a brief discussion on a recent AASHE presentation on Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, which includes a quick overview of academic libraries as partners for campus sustainability.

 

 

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Online Forums in April for ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability

In 2016-2017, the ALA Executive Board appointed a Special Task Force on Sustainability, charged with developing a white paper and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board, with the intent of increasing the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries and the communities they serve. In their Midwinter 2018 report to the ALA Executive Board, the Task Force co-chairs noted they have focused on two questions to create a vision for the future and action:

  1. What does it look like if libraries are successful in helping create sustainable, resilient, regenerative communities?

  2. What needs to happen, that is not already happening, to support the Association, profession and libraries realize this vision?

They now seeks broad input from the ALA community and will be holding a series of online forums, facilitated by a Task Force member with guiding questions but open discussion, targeting certain populations and capped  (at 100), with a general forum for those who have not had an opportunity to contribute. The four sessions are all at the following times:  11:00am-Noon Pacific /2:00-3:00pm Eastern time.

SIGN UP NOW – REGISTRATION LINKS:

 

(from ALA news)

1st International Conference on Green Libraries

The 1st International Conference on Green Libraries – Lets Go Green! organized by the National and University Library in Zagreb / Brijuni, Croatia, 8-10 November 2018

is the first of its kind in the world and aims to create guidelines and conditions helping libraries communicate green content and programs, promote and enhance the awareness of the communicators themselves about the environment preservation and sustainable development and to strengthen existing cooperation among institutions sharing the same area of ​​interest by exchanging insight into the current and predicted socio-economic impact of their programs on users. The official language of the conference is English.

Co-organizer of the conference is the Croatian Library Association – Working Group for Green Libraries, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.  It will be held at:

National and University Library in Zagreb
Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4, 10000 ZAGREB, CROATIA
nsk@nsk.hr

Call for Presentations on topics such as: 

  • Building a green and sustainable library – architecture, adaptation, extension
  • Green collections – collection development, availability of items, educating librarians
  • Libraries and digital commons – knowledge commons, material footprint and artificial scarcity in knowledge access
  • Interacting with the community – educating users, societal impact
  • Green literacy and mental ecological education – sociology, medicine, cultural anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, ethics, bioethics in librarianship and the media
  • Green projects and programs – presentation, realization, evaluation

The application form for abstracts can be found here.   Submission deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2018.  Acceptance notices will be sent by 2 June 2018.  Conference proceedings will be published.

 

Attendance: 

  • The form for attendance applications can be found here.
  • Early registration deadline is 30 September 2018. The registration fee is 50 EUR.
  • Late registration deadline is 31 October 2018. The registration fee is 70 EUR.
  • The fee for the Brijuni excursion, which takes place on 10 November 2018, is 30 EUR.
  • A 25% value-added tax is included in the fees.
  • The fees cover participation in the conference, materials (for attendees and students), a welcome drink, refreshments during breaks and a dinner.

Online certificate to integrate education for sustainable development…

Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development has a new online certificate program on education for sustainable development  in collaboration with the UN Mandated University for Peace.

This Online Certificate Diploma is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools, and curricula with depth and creativity. It contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on SDG 4, target SDG 4.7 .  The Certificate Program has a duration of five months and consists of four courses plus five seminars. Each course consists of five sessions (one per week) with a minimum hourly load per participant about 124 hours, which involves 4 hours per week to read and see all the materials per session, plus the time for the seminars, and the preparation and implementation of a final project (individually or in group). Find out more here! 

Duel Purpose Upcycling idea!

photo from/of Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Country Walk Branch

I love this idea I read in the Programming Librarian newsletter.  Crafty events are fun. Crafty events with recycled materials is a win win.  Crafy events with recycled materials that are giving a useful resource to those in need tops it all!

At the Miami-Dade public library system “Helping Hands is an arts and crafts program that meets the needs of two communities — older adults and homeless populations — at the same time. Older adult participants socialize at the library while they make sleeping mats from upcycled plastic bags. The mats are then given to nearby homeless populations.”

Interested in learning more: The article on the Programming Librarians site give detailed instructions, planning guidelines, marketing tips, advice, a video on how to, budget (for this one ZERO!), and a nice write up on the library in the right nav bar (check out the link “Photo Slide Show” that pops up some images from their event)

Information for our survival: LIS and Climate Change

Thanks Ayoola White for an excellent LIS student blog post “Information for Our Survival: LIS and Climate Change.”   A MUST READ for everyone, here is a quote I liked:

“These are grim times indeed, but I for one would like to highlight what we can do, not just what we cannot do or what our obstacles are. As hackneyed as this sounds, this is the only planet we have. Those of us who consider climate change a threat and want to do something about it are in the majority. Furthermore, scientists and politicians are not the only people who have influence in this area. We as information professionals have important contributions to make. I believe that we can make those contributions using the same creativity we use to address the other community issues that we address so expertly.”

Also appreciated her reply in the comments section, including her TuTu quote 🙂

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