In this American Libraries magazine column, Edgardo Civallero describes the concept of “degrowth” (defined as: equitable down-scaling of production and consumption) and how libraries can contribute to this logical response to climate change – both in modeling degrowth and in supporting the community through this change.
Civallero is active in the IFLA Indigenous Matters section and in The Progressive Librarians Guild.
Please join us for the fourth and final webinar series on August 28, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)
This webinar is focused on avenues for action and collaboration. You will receive an update on: new leadership of ALA’s Task Force on the Environment (TFOE) and plans for the future; the possibility and need for creating a Library Sustainability Toolkit; library sustainability related presentations, research and articles with the potential for collaboration. There will be an opportunity to contribute to an open discussion and facilitated brainstorming session on the next steps to advance the sustainability front in libraries. Each of us holds part of the answer!
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AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) now has available all of the conference posters, panels and presentations from 2011 conference in Pittsburgh last October and the 2010 in Denver. The conference materials are in one searchable database, searched by conference year, category, organization, session type and keyword. Blog posts, photos and videos can also be found on the AASHE conference website.
At the recent ALA Annual Conference the Top Innovators were announced by the Urban Libraries Council including one noted for sustainability. The Greensboro Public Library (NC) Kathleen Clay Edward Library is stated to be the first library to be an Environmental Education Center (according to the article in Library Journal). This library branch sits on 98-acre Price Park and includes a bird and butterfly meadow, reading garden, walking trails, ponds, and wetlands and offers extensive collection of nature, gardening, and environmental resources for children and adults. Though their web site is poor the library and area are beautiful, and if you are ever in the Greensboro area, check it out or Like them on Facebook!
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
Mary Davidge Associates @ Google, Inc.