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.

 

 

ENSULIB at IFLA

Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB) had a very successful and well-attended session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio last week. The group welcomed research from Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the US, and presenting the IFLA Green Library Award for 2016, which included 30 submissions.  First place went to Pequeño Sol ecological library, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico, for its new crowdfunded and community-constructed building extension that incorporates renewable energies and recycled materials. Read the summary from American Libraries magazine. 

ifla-logoSave the date: ENSULIB will hold a two-day meeting in Berlin August 16-17, 2017. This directly precedes the IFLA conference in Wroclaw, Poland. Follow them on Facebook

The story behind the creation of the Sustainabilty Round Table of ALA

A recent publication in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (11 (2)) by Beth Filar Williams (me!)  Madeleine Charney  &  Bonnie Smith called  Growing our vision together: forming a sustainability community within the American Library Association was published online Apr 01, 2016. It tells the back story about how the ALA SustainRT came to be….

Abstract:

As long-standing keepers of democracy and information stewardship, library professionals are a natural fit for advocating and promoting sustainability within their communities. From seed libraries to Occupy Wall Street libraries, their view of sustainability extends beyond environmental concerns to include community activism, economic development, and social equity. Empowering people, facilitating dialogue, and providing resources for a more resilient future are at the center of librarians’ vital and changing roles. These visionary professionals have powered libraries’ work as outspoken advocates with well-founded initiatives. For a long time, however, there was no cohesive sustainability-focused venue for sharing best practices, collaborating, and contributing to the profession. In 2014, after two years of focused research and promotion, the American Library Association (ALA) approved a new group, the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT). This article describes how library advocates built SustainRT over the years and gained momentum with a pivotal webinar series. Clear signs of SustainRT’s early success are a testimony to the critical need for a sustainability-related Community of Practice (CoP). The article shows how the steps taken to achieve this national group’s standing can serve as a model for fostering dialogue and collaboration (often through virtual means) that allows for wide participation. http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58825 

Going to ALA in Orlando next week?

SustainRT has lots of great sessions (see below) You might also want to check out this listing of diversity events at ALA as well

 

ALA Annual Conference, Orlando

  • more info here: http://www.alaannual.org/
  • Saturday morning, June 25, 8:30 – 10 a.m. “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman (Hauppauge Public Library (New York) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System (New York) will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way. 
  • Saturday afternoon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., SustainRT will hold its annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities.” ALL ARE WELCOME! 
  • Saturday evening, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  connect with SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social at Marlow’s Tavern, 9101 International Drive.
  • Sunday morning, June 26,   10:30 – 11:30 a.m., “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” will explore how libraries of all kinds, already cornerstones of their communities and hubs of exchange, are uniquely positioned to act as change agents within those communities to become sustainable, resilient and regenerative.   Panelists will include Jodi Shaw, children’s librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno.
  • Sunday afternoon, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” will feature a panel of representatives from the National Library of Aruba (NLA) and partner organizations from the Caribbean island nation, the Netherlands and the United States as they share their experiences holding a series of symposia from 2012-2015 for 6,000 students and teachers in secondary schools and higher education on sustainable energy, food supply, and soil practices.  

Save the date: SustainRT events at ALA

The ALA Annual Conference held in Orlando FL this year has now published their schedule.  And here are the Sustainability Round Table events and programs – save the date if you are planning to attend!

  • Saturday morning, June 25, 8:30 – 10 a.m. “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman (Hauppauge Public Library (New York) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System (New York) will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way. 
  • Saturday afternoon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., SustainRT will hold its annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities.” ALL ARE WELCOME! 
  • Saturday evening, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  connect with SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social at Marlow’s Tavern, 9101 International Drive.
  • Sunday morning, June 26,   10:30 – 11:30 a.m., “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” will explore how libraries of all kinds, already cornerstones of their communities and hubs of exchange, are uniquely positioned to act as change agents within those communities to become sustainable, resilient and regenerative.   Panelists will include Jodi Shaw, children’s librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno.
  • Sunday afternoon, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” will feature a panel of representatives from the National Library of Aruba (NLA) and partner organizations from the Caribbean island nation, the Netherlands and the United States as they share their experiences holding a series of symposia from 2012-2015 for 6,000 students and teachers in secondary schools and higher education on sustainable energy, food supply, and soil practices.

Do you have a sustainability-related library story to tell?

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

SustainRT Lightning Rounds Event

Deadline to submit: Monday, April 4, 2016

Do you have a sustainability-related library story to tell?

 

ALA’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is looking for people to share their sustainability-related library projects during its program at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.

 

Format: Presenters will have five minutes each to tell their story, with follow-up questions at the end of the program. Presenters may opt to use one fixed image (electronic or otherwise) as part of their presentation. The program will be held at ALA Annual on Sunday, June 26th from 10:30-11:30AM.

Eligibility: Anyone may submit a proposal, though preference will be given to SustainRT members.

Purpose: To share creative and important work that contributes to a more resilient, harmonious and holistic community through economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability work being done in libraries of all kinds.  We are seeking a diverse representation of innovative sustainability projects that go beyond the traditional “greening” of libraries.

To submit a proposal, send an email to Jason Nosek <jnosek <at> chipublib.org> with the following:

– Name
– Institution or organization
– Phone
– Email
– SustainRT member Y/N
– Title of your presentation
– Description of the presentation you are proposing to make
– Brief statement telling us what excites you about your topic and/or the sustainability movement within the library profession

Proposals are due by Monday, April 4, 2016.

 

For more information about SustainRT: http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/