Jim Neal has just announced the appointment of an ALA Task Force on Sustainability. Appointment of this Task Force was begun by ALA’s Immediate Past President Julie Todaro. The Task Force is charged to develop a white paper that describes areas of focus and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board to increase the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries, and the communities they serve.
Members of the Task Force are Monika Antonelli (Minnesota State University), Sara Dallas (Southern Adirondack Library System), Adrian K. Ho (University of Kentucky Libraries), Traci Engel Lesneski (MSR, MN), Margaret Sullivan (Margaret Sullivan Studio, NY), Margaret Woodruff (Charlotte Library, VT), and Christian Zabriskie (Urban Libraries Unite, NY). The Task Force will be co-chaired by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System) and Rene M. Tanner (Arizona State University). The staff liaison will be Mary Ghikas (ALA Senior Associate Executive Director – and Interim Executive Director), working with Danielle Alderson (ALA Member Programs and Services).
The Task Force has been asked by the ALA Executive Board to include the following issues in their discussion.
- How the Association may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainability practices more broadly in the profession
- How the Association may provide leadership in the adoption of sustainability practices in libraries; and,
- How libraries may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainability in the communities they serve.
The Board has asked for a final report by the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
This continues the ALA focus on sustainability, including the formation of the Sustainability Round Table and the passage of a resolution on sustainability passed by the ALA Council at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco: (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/sites/ala.org.aboutala/files/content/governance/council/council_documents/2015_annual_council_documents/cd_36_substainable_libraries_resol_final.pdf)
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)
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!
In this American Libraries magazine column, Edgardo Civallero describes the concept of “degrowth” (defined as: equitable down-scaling of production and consumption) and how libraries can contribute to this logical response to climate change – both in modeling degrowth and in supporting the community through this change.
Civallero is active in the IFLA Indigenous Matters section and in The Progressive Librarians Guild.
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 🙂
WEBINAR: AUGUST 24, 11am central time
Cost: Free for AALL members; Non-AALL Members – $60
site registration is available $125 for members, $150 non-members
Description: Law librarians have an opportunity to become organizational leaders in sustainability and justice. There is an opportunity to catalyze action to improve communities. Using AALL’s recent sustainability resolution as a guide, librarians will learn how to be change agents by increasing organizational management’s commitment to sustainability, health and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into an organization and how to leverage their research, communication, and project planning skills to facilitate an action plan. Hear from a sustainability expert and successful sustainability achievements within a law firm.
- strategies and techniques to increase organizational commitment to sustainability actions
- best practices for instituting sustainability initiatives
- how to apply key principles of planning and action and build a sustainability template
SPEAKER: Deby Stabler
Project Azul VerdeDeby is a management consultant with over 10 years of experience specializing in sustainability analysis, reporting, and strategy. Deby started her company, Project Azul Verde, to deliver sustainability consulting to clients of all needs, sizes, and funding levels by bringing efficient and accessible sustainability solutions to nonprofits, small business, public and private organizations. Her professional experience includes eco-certification development, carbon footprint/GHG accounting, GRI materiality assessments, CSR reporting, Environmental Management Systems, and sustainability strategy for Fortune 500, tourism, retail, municipal and nonprofit organizations.
MODERATOR/SPEAKER: David Selden , Library Director, National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund
David is the National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund Library Director and chair of AALL SR-SIS Committee on Environmental Sustainability. David has been a presenter at AALL and SLA annual meetings. He recently presented on sustainability for the American Library Association. David is also chair of his non-profit law firm’s Green Office Committee and has been successful in launching and leading sustainability initiatives at his firm. David was able to initiate a commitment to sustainability at the Native American Rights Fund/National Indian Law Library.
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