A little over a year ago my campus started using Eco3Go reusable containers for all housing and dining places around campus. (read more here) It exciting to discover that over 400,000 disposable to-go containers were saved from the landfill in the last year! This year ‘s goal is to exceed that : ) There are over a dozen return locations around campus including the library.
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:
- Read more here about whats happening/whats in place/why are we concerned: https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/what-can-archivists-do-about-climate-and-environmental-data/
- Visit Penn’s #DataRefuge website, which went live December 13, to learn more about efforts as they evolve.
- Nominate urls for inclusion in the End of Term Presidential Harvest 2016
- Connect the organizers with individuals within government archives and libraries who may have special access to hard-to-get datasets.
- To volunteer, complete the #DataRefuge help form
- Read more/more tips here: http://www2.archivists.org/advocacy/climate-data-harvest-project
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve. The blog invites submissions from across the library profession featuring:
- those from historically and disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups;
- those who experience socioeconomic barriers, people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty;
- immigrants, refugees and new Americans; those discriminated against based on nationality or language;
- those who are geographically isolated;
- those experiencing barriers in regards to access to literacy; and new and non-readers.
School librarians, public librarians, teachers or parents of 4th graders: did you know that you can get a FREE national parks pass? It’s FREE for current 4th grade students (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Paper Voucher from the Every Kid in a Park web site. Get yours and libraries promote this great opportunity!
what a fun way to get outside and appreciate our earth!
For those that couldn’t make the ALA conference and attend our SustainRT sessions, you can read about two of the sessions SustainRT hosted in American Libraries Magazine:
- Striving for Sustainability: Four librarians show how they’re spreading environmental awareness (about our “Planting the Seeds” panel – SustainRT hopes to offer this panel session virtually in August, open to all)
- Sustainable Thinking for Libraries: There’s more to it than going green – a standing room only talk by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Matt Bollerman
Also, a panel of Caribbean Librarians spoke: The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education
And if you want more content, check out these #sustainRT Tweets!
If you are an ALA member it IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to vote. Here is general information on the 22016 Elections. ALA’s Sustainability Round Table has many wonderful people running for office! If you want to view the list now on who is running for SustainRT check out the How to Get Involved page that lists those running and their statements