New Sustainability Round Table at ALA!

Some of you might have seen my recent post about the Petition To Start A New Sustainability Round Table (SRT) in ALA. Those of us at ALA Midwinter last weekend in Seattle, with our spokesperson/chair Ashley Jones, presented the idea before various committees and action councils at ALA  and just found out it has been approved!

SRT’s  mission  is to provide a professional forum for librarians to exchange ideas and concerns regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society; and resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication and library buildings and space design.

We thank all those who signed the e-petition to get this rolling!  Join our LinkedIn Sustainability Libraries group. And stay tuned for more information and how to get involved with the new SRT. We will have a meet up at ACRL and in ALA Chicago!

Birth of Sustainability Round Table

Here is photo (thanks Mara Egherman for sharing) taken right after our meeting with the ALA Committee on Organization, who voted unanimously to bring it to Action Council!  Seated: Ashley, Beth (me!), Mara  …and in back, Jonathan Betz-Zall (an amazing supporter and adviser & long time active advocate for sustainability)

Calling all Academic Librarians – feedback needed!

Please add feedback to STARS 2.0 (background info) before Fri. 11/30 6pm PST. All the info to plug in is below — or add your own comments! Help AASHE see that libraries are a vital part of sustainability!   Anyone can comment. You don’t have to be an AASHE member.

1) Go to the  Public comment form

2) Select: Individual

3) Select Other: Academic Librarian (or whatever title you choose to use)

4) STARS subcategory: Research

5) Enter text box:  ER 10: Support for Research (tweak if you wish!)

Librarians as a resource and partner in research, teaching, and outreach to support sustainability across the campus, including curriculum development, sustainability literacy, materials selection, research guides, and e-learning objects, covering topics related to social equity, diversity, and the environment. The preservation and sharing of campus sustainability output via the Institutional Repository that has global reach.

By 6pm PST – Friday Nov 30 2012

See the original text  (go to section ER10 B. #4)

New Sustainable Librarians Group on LinkedIn

During our research to write this book chapter Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators and Entrepreneurs (part of The Entrepreneurial Librarian  book to be published by McFarland & Company in late 2011 or early 2012, editors Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock and Mary Scanlon), we were looking for inspiring, entrepreneurial stories about green initiatives by librarians to include.   We collected some fantastic stories and heard from some wonderful people, many of whom mentioned a need to better network connect with others.  So we created a network on LinkedIn called Sustainability Librarians. where we hope people share stories and best practices, network and encourage others to join the movement.

Thanks for all that each of you do to support greener librarianship!

Beth Filar Williams
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Anne Less
Mary Davidge Associates @ Google, Inc.


Sarah Dorsey
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Calling all Green Librarians!

We know you’re out there.  We’ve heard through the grapevine about some of the inspiring, entrepreneurial initiatives you’ve taken on:

Do you know a librarian that fits this description: “sustainability advocate, educator or entrepreneur”? In that case, please pass this note along.
Or, maybe that person is you?  We want to hear your story!  Our team is in the process of collecting stories about librarians who are sustainability advocates for an upcoming book.    Please fill out this form to let us know how we can get in touch.
If you have questions, ask away!  We’re very excited about this project and look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Less
Mary Davidge Associates @ Google, Inc.

Beth Filar Williams
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Sarah Dorsey
UNC-Greensboro Libraries

Cool new green library blogs

Some recent blogs I just discovered:

  • Sustainable Libraries – blogger Rebekkah Smith Aldrich who sounds like she has a cool job Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York (and LEED AP certification), will be blogging about Libraries + Green/Sustainable Buildings and says  “join me as we watch and collaborate with libraries around the country who are doing their best for their local and global communities.”
  • OU Libraries are Going for the Green! blog:  started this past fall and written by Alden Library staff , their goal is to blog about ideas for making their building & our work spaces more environmentally friendly, to share tips for greening the environments at home, and for announcing local sustainability event for Ohio University students, faculty, staff and the Athens community. Many postings discuss  their awesome Consciousness: Sustainability Workshops & Films  series.
  • Greening of Drexel Libraries Blog: Drexel’s Libraries Green Committee has been blogging for almost a year on all sorts of green topics including resources, news, reports, and events –  useful not only to the Drexel community  – but often relevant beyond their university. Check out their category listing on left to find topics important to you.

Can you telecommute?

For employers or employees, here is an article with some ideas to help you think through the process and decided how to make telecommuting work for everyone.  The article lists some simple sections on How to Stay Connected while working at home, Creating Reasons for Why this should be allowed, and A Trial Run of starting small (one day a month) to test the idea.

In general, it saves the employee money on gas, thus being more environmentally friendly, and will allow the employee to be more productive by eliminating the the social aspects and distractions of an office environment. Other suggestions for why can be found on this old post.

Recent articles on the topic:

  • Duncan, J. (2008). “Working from Afar: A New Trend in Librarianship.” College and Research Libraries News 69(4): 216-18, 236.
  • Gajendran, R. S., & Harrison, D. A. (2007). “The good, the bad, and the unknown about telecommuting: Meta-analysis of psychological mediators and individual consequences.” Journal of Applied Psychology 92(6): 1524-1541.
  • Gajendran, R. S., Harrison, D. A., Facer, R. L., & Wadsworth, L. (2008). “Alternative Work Schedules and Work-Family Balance: A Research Note.”  Review of public personnel administration 28(2): 166-177.
  • Nelson, P., Safirova, E., & Walls, M. (2007). “Telecommuting and environmental policy: Lessons from the ecommute program. ” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 12(3): 195-207.
  • Oppenheim, R. (2008).  On the Road Again: Gear for a Mobile World. Searcher, 16(3), 20-3, 60-2.
  • Oppenheim, R. (2008).   An Office in Every Home? Searcher, 16(5): 30-3, 62-3.
  • Peterson, S. (2007). “This eWEEK: Tech advancements have improved telecommuting.” EWEEK 24 (6): 5 -7.
  • Rash, W. (2007). “Government Slow to Adopt.” EWEEK , 24 (3): 14.

If you do try working from home, join the new telecommuting librarians list; details found on this Beyond the Job blog post.