A must read column Sustainability in Libraries in the American Libraries magazine, launched this month with a first post by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich on sustainable thinking by convening communities and being part of the solution for a better world:
“This Sustainability in Libraries series will give our profession a chance to explore the issues surrounding sustainability more fully, learn about groundbreakers in our midst, and inspire you to think differently about the future of your community and your library”
JSTOR Sustainability is a new online resource that brings together journals, policy research and books on the topic of environmental sustainability and resilience – topics from agricultural economics to green energy, and from climatology to sustainable business practices. It was built in collaboration with think tanks, publishers, universities and researchers including American Meteorological Society, the International Association for Energy Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. (read more here)
Most of us think about climate change. We may even have a nagging worry about it in the back of our mind. But how often do we actually verbalize our feelings about it in a meaningful way with other human beings?Due to the sheer scope and seemingly impossible global challenges climate change poses, most of us would rather pretend it doesn’t exist, let alone have a meaningful conversation about it. But climate change is a reality our generation and the next will live with, whether we want to or not.
As hubs of our communities, libraries and library workers are in the unique position of being able to act as advocates to help our patrons with the process of acknowledging and accepting the very real effects of climate change, and aid them in developing the skills necessary to live and cope with the current and future realities of a climate change(d) world.In this workshop, Madeleine Charney (UMass, Amherst Library) and Jodi Shaw (Brooklyn Public Library) will lay out a simple framework library workers can use to get people to start people talking about a topic that most of us would rather not think about.This workshop takes place at METRO in NYC and is open to all LIS students and library workers.Mon, April 24, 2017 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
You can now hear the 30-minute recording of SustainRT‘s 9/15/16 webinar…
Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities
This was a recap from our panel presentation at ALA 2016. Speakers included:
- 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
- Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, FresnoPast webinar recordings are available here:
For those that couldn’t make the ALA conference and attend our SustainRT sessions, you can read about two of the sessions SustainRT hosted in American Libraries Magazine:
- Striving for Sustainability: Four librarians show how they’re spreading environmental awareness (about our “Planting the Seeds” panel – SustainRT hopes to offer this panel session virtually in August, open to all)
- Sustainable Thinking for Libraries: There’s more to it than going green – a standing room only talk by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Matt Bollerman
Also, a panel of Caribbean Librarians spoke: The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education
And if you want more content, check out these #sustainRT Tweets!
IFLAs ENSULIB (Environmental Sustainability and Libraries)
Winners of the IFLA Green Library Award 2016
1st Place: El Pequeño Sol ecological library (The Little Sun Ecological Library), Germinalia A.C., San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, which was found to be “a project where sustainability was in the soul of the project from the first starting of the idea until to the new library”.
— THIS STORY IS AWESOME! Worth #1 slot – a must watch —
2nd Place: City of Cockburn, Australia, which was characterized as an “excellent green building with sustainable projects”.
3rd Place: La Tierra para quien la siembra (The Land is for those who sow), Columbia, which was found to be “Good working for sustainability with the community!”
For further information:Petra Hauke (Berlin, Germany), contact person for the IFLA Green Library Award: email@example.com, or Harri Sahavirta (Helsinki, Finland), convener of ENSULIB: firstname.lastname@example.org.