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:
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
SustainRT is calling for interested members to run for positions on the SustainRT Board of Directors! The nomination form closes on January 31, 2019. We have three vacancies (including the brand new Round Table Councilor since we are finally large enough to qualify for our own ALA Council representative) and welcome a variety of candidates!
Open positions include:
Coordinator-Elect: Three-year term. The Coordinator-elect serves one year of that term as Coordinator-elect, one year as Coordinator, and one year as Immediate Past Coordinator.
Member-at-Large: Two-year term. The Member-at-Large is a liaison to other related round tables and has additional ad hoc and negotiated duties.
Round Table Councilor (rep to ALA Council): Three-year term. The Councilor represents SustainRT at Council meetings at Midwinter and Annual. The SustainRT Councilor is a voting member of ALA Council and may speak on the council floor, make motions, and propose and submit resolutions.
Feel free to reach out to those in the positions now if you have any questions OR if you have a suggestion on a person to nominate to run: Current Board and Committees
Info on how to run:
Candidacy form can be accessed at: https://www.directvote.net/alanomination/2019users.html (make sure to select the Division/Section/Roundtable Ballots link)
All candidates running for round table positions must complete the biographical information form no later January 31, 2019, after which point the form will go down and new candidates will not be accepted for the ballot.
Here are the instructions for candidates to register on the system:
1.) You will see a New User registration link on the first page.
2.) Click on the Register link to fill out the registration information and to set your passcode for the Nominee/Candidate process.
3.) Once in the Nomination site you will need to select your ballot. Once you have made your selection, click on “GO”.
4.) Next you will select the office for which you wish to stand for election and complete all required fields.
5.) If at any time during the process, you run into technical difficulties or have a question, please click on the “Help” located on the left side menu.
Are you going to ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle? Don’t forget to join SustainRT for some sustainability-focused events!
- Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting – Sat. 1/26 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Washington State Convention Center, Room 211
- Sustainability Round Table Social Event in collaboration with SRRT (Social Responsibility Round Table) and PRG (Progressive Librarians Guild) – Sat. 1/26 7:00-9:00 pm – Left Bank Books (92 Park, Seattle) **Please note new time and location!!**
- Introducing U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Libraries – Sun. 1/27 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Washington State Convention Center, Room 205
The full ALA Midwinter scheduler is here.
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Best Student Research Paper Award 2019
Since 1950, through 67 volumes, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library and information science world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library and information science journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Research Paper of 2019.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.
Students who are currently enrolled for a Masters or PhD or who have completed their Masters or PhD during the 24 months preceding the closing date of the competition are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.
- Length: approx. 5,000 – 7,000 words (excluding the abstract and list of references)
- Language: English
- Deadline: June 30, 2019
The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of
- originality of thought and observation
- depth of research and scholarship
- topicality of problems addressed
- the international readership of the journal
- the quality of the composition
The article will be published in the 2019:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500.00 € and with a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2020.
If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2020. All winners will receive access to e-prints of their winning submission.
Manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/libri. When submitting a paper for the Best Student Research Paper Award, please choose “Best Student Research Paper Award” at the drop-down menu “Manuscript Type.” Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s18658423_Instructions_for_Authors_en.pdf.
All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:
- the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled
- the degree for which the student is or was enrolled
- the dates when the student is or was enrolled
- the degree/course/module for which the paper was prepared
- the date when the paper was written
ACRL announces the publication of Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connections, edited by Theresa McDevitt and Caleb P. Finegan. This thorough book describes active teaching techniques that help build community, are relevant to students’ current lives and future career goals, and allow students to work together to solve real problems and shape their own successful and empowering learning. Divided into three comprehensive sections—Library and Information Literacy Credit-Bearing Courses or Sponsors of Undergraduate Community-Based Research; Library Support for Courses with Applied Service-Based Projects in the Disciplines; and Library as Location for Student-Led Educational Outreach Events and Projects—Library Service and Learning is a collection of case studies written by librarians, university faculty, and students who have successfully employed service-based or experiential learning experiences for students in higher education. You can purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store.
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.
Libraries have the potential to inspire local dialogue on timely issues across communities, positioning library staff as trusted facilitators. Join us for this free one-hour webinar to hear how New York Public Library created a conversation series on important issues in the diverse communities they serve, on Wednesday, 12/5/2018 1:00 PM (Eastern)
In February 2017, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a Community Conversations pilot with the goal of further establishing branch libraries as key civic convening centers, providing space, information and quality discussion for communities to better understand and problem-solve around local issues.
Aligning with the ALA Public Programs Office’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, NYPL’s Adult Programming and Outreach Services (ORS) Office developed an original 11-month training program with staff from 16 branch libraries that resulted in a series of unique, community-led programs.
Program boundaries were kept flexible enough for branch staff to be able to design programs with their own diverse neighborhood communities in mind. Branches experimented with a variety of tactics to ensure community focus, including community issue voting boards, a public planning committee, community-mapping and final program sessions that invited attendees to discuss next steps.