Book: Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connection

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 Greening of America’s Libraries” E-Book From ACRL and LLAMA

greeninglibrariesbookfrom the ACRL insider….

Check out this new ebook from ACRL and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)  –  The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way  by Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) trained and certified accredited LEED-AP professionals and librarians.   This ebook includes information, standards, and tools necessary to construct or renovate a library in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED requirements and process. It is available for purchase in a variety of e-book formats through the ALA Online Store and; and through EBSCO for library e-book collections.

Going to ACRL? Meet up for walk/drinks!

Join us for the SustainRT: Culture Trail Walk & Green Drinks Meet Up in Indy (at ACRL 2013)

Calling all librarians (not just academics but anyone of the local library community interested in joining us!)who have interest in sustainability for Cultural Trail Walk and/or Green Drinks. Chat with other like minded librarians while we take a walk along the beautiful Indianapolis Cultural Trail (map: – the Canal Walk route, toward the Central Library. We plan a 30+ minute walk toward the north end, followed by a Green Drinks at a local place The Rathskeller

This is sponsored by the NEW round table of ALA SustainRT!

When: Friday April 12 at 5:15pm.

Cultural Trail Walk Meetup: corner of Washington St and Capital Ave, on the lawn of the Capital by the trail (map)

Green Drinks Meetup: by 6pm at Rathsekller 
401 E. Michigan St.

Sign up on facebook!


Thanks to all who rallied out in the wind and chill to walk along the beautiful cultural/canal trail Friday at ACRL! Especially thanks to Joe Fox for being our local tour guide and Susan Sharpless Smith for the lovely group photo (see more here!)


Credit and thanks for photo – Susan Sharpless Smith!

ACRL OnPoint Chat this 4/29: Summary of Greening of ACRL

April 29, 2009: Seattle Green: Lessons learned from greening the ACRL 14th National Conference
(10:00 am. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern)
The 14th ACRL National Conference in Seattle WA was the greenest ACRL conference ever, thanks to the hard work, good ideas, and contributions of ACRL members and staff.  Charles Forrest and Karen Munro, co-chairs of the ACRL Green Conference Component Committee, will join Tory Ondrla, ACRL staff member and Green Conference liaison, to chat with you about how they “greened” the conference.  They’ll discuss specific sustainability event strategies, lessons learned along the way, and their hopes and dreams for our next conference in 2011.  Bring your interest in greening your own conference, meeting, or event—and your own green experiences and insights!

More Details:

  • Free and open to the public.
  • Sessions are unmoderated.
  • 30-45 minutes in length.
  • Take place in a Meebo chat room.
  • Login 15 minutes before time to start – first come first serve!

Greening Seattle for ACRL

Heading to ACRL later this month? Have you heard about the plans to make this 14th ACRL Conference greener? Listen to this podcast as Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair Scott Walter and Green Conference Planning Committee members Juliet Kerico and Karen Munro discuss environmentally sustainable practices for this Seattle conference such as the  ACRL 2009 Green Pledge , eco-friendly hotel practices, and Invited Green Speaker Robin Chase.  (Dont forget you can also virtually attend ACRL this year.)

PS:  An interesting post worth reading along with the many comments of how green ACRL conference  give aways really were!

ACRL OnPoint Chat 5/14/08: Green Libraries

(Cross posted on anss-l and tfoe discussion lists)

WHAT: Online, live discussion and place to share ideas about green libraries and campuses.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 1:00 p.m. (Eastern), 30-45 minutes.

CONVENERS: Mary Carr, Dean Instructional Services, Spokane Community College and Dr. Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for a Sustainable Future

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: From a library/librarians’ perspective, how are our library resources when it comes to sustainability? Are we supporting the college’s curricular efforts? What about the “greening” of the library and the campus? Can we practice sustainability? Can we promote it by speakers, presentations, etc.? What can we do within our library associations, and other professional groups? The whats, whys and wherefores of sustainability? What is happening on our campuses and in our communities regarding sustainability? How can we support what is happening and how can we contribute to moving the needle?


IMPT NOTES: ACRL OnPoint chats are free and open to the public.  Sessions are unmoderated, 30 to 45 minutes long, and take place in a Meebo chat room. While no registration is necessary to participate, ACRL recommends creating a quick and easy Meebo account for the best experience while participating in ACRL OnPoint discussions. Full details are available on the ACRL Web site at

Take Survey to make ACRL ’09 Conference GREEN

The new ACRL Green Conference Committee wants to minimize the environmental impact of the 2009 National Conference in Seattle, WA.  You can add your input and help the Green Conference Committee by completing this brief survey about ways to “green” the conference The survey should take 5-10 minutes. The deadline to complete it is Friday, February 29