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.
The AASHE blog allows for members to express thoughts and ideas with the wider AASHE audience. With the recent Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the blog has offered summaries and thoughts on the conference’s effects on higher ed. I liked this particular quote and can see how libraries can be a part of these efforts though providing access and hence education to all:
I truly believe that higher education must be a leader in these efforts but we will not be effective unless we have a systems-based approach where our political, economic and social institutions work closely in collaboration with education across all ages and in much more applied and practical ways. The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, launched by UNESCO and led by UN Asst Secretary Elizabeth Thompson, is a start, as it raises the recognition of higher education’s contributions to sustainable development efforts. (from Kim reports from #Rio20 post)
Stay informed and follow the blog online, through RSS feed or checkout AASHE other social network options.
I love being considered quirky so thanks to Salem Press for their Library Blog Awards, granting this Going Green @ your library blog 3rd place in the “quirky library blogs” category! Do check out the other quirky blogs (some are hilarious!), as well as the other wonderful library blogs, many of which I already follow and worth a read. Thanks to Hannah (The Global Librarianship blogger) who nominated me in the first place 🙂
The New York Times has a blog called Green: a blog about energy and the environment. In honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, the NYT is taking it up a notch from their original Green Inc blog to now blog about “not just the business end of environmental concerns but also politics and policy, environmental science and consumer choices.” Be sure to check out the latest post on the Existential Crisis of the Plastic Bag – including the 18 min video (by Ramin Bahrani) on the impact consumerism has “in a world that treats it like trash.” Be sure to read the side bar listing the amazing lists of expert writers & contributes to this blog!
In honor of earth day and wanting to promote, connect and share resources and ideas, I created a new page on the is blog “other green library pages” (not the most creative name but gets to the point!) where I am listing those libraries I am aware of who have a blog, wiki, or website promoting their library’s local green projects, events, resources and ideas. Check it out and please email me or comment if there are ones I am missing. Kudos to those libraries who are out there promoting & engaging with their local communities about being green!
… and special thanks to William Byrne, Literacy Coordinator, Burbank Public Library for the suggestion and their own green pages!
This webpage project has been worked on by various grad students/classes in library management classes at UNC. Contains a directory of green libraries (Side note: must check out the directory Green Libraries by Monika Antonelli) but a fun aspect is that this one has a map (i love maps!) as well as an organized listing of some green libraries. The other cool feature is it aggregates several blogs (this one included!) into one page, for a quick scan of the top green library ideas, news item, or happenings.
Sustainablog has a post listing 5 state’s blogs on environmental issues. Does your state have one? a worthy resource to promote for your patrons and staff if so; if not, bug your local or state government to get one up!
Here is just one of many examples popping up these days as libraries are creating their own ‘green pages’ or green blogs or environmental resources Web sites. The Burbank Public Library offers these Green Pages to blog about their green ideas offer resource links and share news – also including a calendar of So Cal green events and a display the twitter feed for their city’s water and power company.
I know lots of other libraries are creating such pages, blogs or twitter accounts but please comment and share your information! I gathering links to libraries’ green pages for libraries to create a resources for everyone to use. FYI – for resource listing specifically on green library buildings visit Green Libraries site.
Late this past spring the Alliance Library System (IL) created Green Blog “designed to help libraries of all sizes and types become more environmentally friendly.” They have many good blog posts already – some focused on Illinois related initiatives but many can be implemented by a library anywhere. Their focus is on topics of Environmental Organizations & Initiatives, Financial Resources, Green Buildings, and Programming Ideas. They also have started a list of additional resources and share some of their wonderful brochures and handouts on the downloadables tab (especially useful one on how to approach your library board)