Presentation: Roll With It- Pedaling Toward a Sustainable Future for a Small University Town

entrelib-96x96logo3Recently the third  Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians with the theme  Social Entrepreneurship in Action took place at UNCG and had a number of great presentations some related to sustainability worth blogging to share!  Jason Cooper , Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Montevallo, Carmichael Library gave an inspiring presentation on how this small town and university in Alabama is moving to more sustainable practices. He discussed the town and gown collaborations, community gardens, saving the local swamp, university green funds, and the big exciting ValloCycle program.  In 2011, a group of university professors, librarians, and community leaders launched ValloCycle, the first community-wide bike share program in the state of Alabama.  This presentation described the ValloCycle program and a focus on how a campus library has worked to support other environmental initiatives in the community. Check it out:

Presentation: Libraries, Entrepreneurship, and the Triple Bottom Line

entrelib-96x96Last week the third  Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians with the theme   Social Entrepreneurship in Action took place at UNCG and had a number of great presentations some related to sustainability worth blogging to share! Mandy Henk, Access Services Librarian at DePauw University, but also  activist who  helped build the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street and soon-to-be author of a new book on sustainability in libraries, gave a amazing presentation on  Libraries, Entrepreneurship, and the Triple Bottom Line.  Summary of her presentation:  The transition to sustainability represents a new and important opportunity for entrepreneurship, one that librarians can use to stay relevant and engaged with their communities. At a time when even the Harvard Business Review is calling for a transition to a more sustainable world, what can libraries and librarians do to transition their own institutions toward a new more sustainable model, one based on the triple bottom line of economy, ecology, and equity?

View her prezi presentation here

Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators, and Entrepreneurs

The book chapter I co-wrote with the amazing Anne Less and Sarah Dorsey called “Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators, and Entrepreneurs” was just published in the book The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service Edited by Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock and Mary G. Scanlon, McFarland Press.  There are lots of inspiring stories in there I hope you will enjoy of sustainability advocates, educators and entrepreneurs: Rebekkah Aldrich, Fred Stoss, Monika Antoelli, Marianne Buehler, Kristen Bullard, Andrea Cherney, Cindy Davis, Emily Ellis, Besty Herzog, Maria Anna Jankowska, Julie Mielish, Rebecca Newburn, Irene Reti, Sarah Volpe, and Kris Thompson, Laurie Sabol & Tufts University librarians. Thanks to them all for sharing their stories of sustainable entrepreneurialism!