Travel offsets for librarians: resources

After listening to a recent webinar talk by David Selden (of the National Indian Law Library) for the American Library Association’s SustainRT I wanted to share some of the travel off set resources he provided.

As he spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries, their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries (read more) The December 1 webinar  recording and his slides  are available, and here are so recommended resources:

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals

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:

UN sustainable development goals

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.

 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/publication

SolarSPELL: Solar Powered Educational Learning Library

Just read about this super interesting new method to deliver a digital library that comes with its own Wi-Fi hotspot – useful for many rural areas around the globe.

Arizona State University professor Laura Hosman in the Schools of Engineering and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society created this innovative device, the Solar Powered Educational Learning Library, known as SolarSPELL

WHAT IS IT?  A digital library full of educational resources that generates its own Wi-Fi signal and solar power though any internet-capable device, such as an iPad, laptop or smartphone. AKA – a self-powered plug-and-play kit, portable enough to fit into a backpack.

Adopt-a-bottle: Reusing lost & found water bottles!

1017160957I love this initiative happening on campus through our Student Sustainability Initiative’s Adopt-a-Bottle program.   The Purpose: (1) Increase accessibility of drinking tap water on campus; (2) Repurpose unclaimed bottles to avoid waste

Currently, unclaimed water bottles are sent to Surplus where they are cataloged,  held in lost and found for 30 days, and then put up for sale but there is an excess of bottles that are never sold.  The adopt-a-bottle program would take those unclaimed excess water bottles, have them thoroughly sanitized (by Housing and Dining, according to the local Health Department regulations), and make them available to campus students, faculty, and staff for free. The bottles will have a seal/sticker over the top to indicate it has been sanitized and part of the project.  Then, they will be available for people to take if they do not have their own reusable bottle because they cannot afford one, lost one, or just forgot their bottle that day. 

The main location is the library – the heaviest traffic, the largest building, and the only building opened 24/5! 

 

ODLOS blog Intersections – calls for contributors

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.