Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Webinar 4/24/12!

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 presents:  Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries – April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)

Please join us for the second webinar in this four-part series.

There are different types of sustainability practices in libraries (e.g. buildings, collection development, instruction, events, collaboration) and many of us are working, educating, and practicing in these areas.   This webinar will be similar to a lightning round-up as librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts share their experiences and provide time for questions. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented. The session will be recorded so you can view it later.

SIGN UP NOW!   (http://bit.ly/HbV7vq)

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com


If you missed attending the first in our Webinar series – Call to Action and Collaboration – here is the webinar recording:


and the slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/filarwilliams/libraries-for-sustainability-call-to-action-and-collaboration

Student Video Contests!

Two opportunities to offer to students:

  1. Green Living Project  –  their biannual Student Film Project, open to any middle or high school, community college or university student, either in US or international.  Films must be 5 minutes or less in length, and tell a unique, creative, story, around important local and global sustainability issues. See rules for more info. and resources and tips for examples and help. Entries due May 25, 2012.
  2. Northwest Institute for Social Change –  their 2012 Student Sustainability Film Festival, open to high school and college students across North America. Students create short films about programs, projects or “things” that their campus or community is doing to create sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Here is how to apply. Entries due May 17, 2012



Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 – kickoff 2/28/12

Please join us for the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 :
Feb 28, 2012 – 2:00-3:00 (EST)  – Call to Action and Collaboration – Sign up now!

ALA’s Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years.

Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes – plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

Hopeful outcomes:  Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! – Sign up now!

Time permitting, please review Maria’s recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association, which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE’s history and associated activities.

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Stay tuned for more webinars:
April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries
June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)  – Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting
August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu or Beth FilarWilliams at greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com

NBII website to be taken offline!

Not such good news,  but important to let you know so you can preserve some of the links:  

Due to federal budget cuts,  the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) website at http://www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt/community/nbii_home/236 will be removed from the Web on January 15, 2012 .  Library of Congress/Web Archiving Team  says that as part of a collaborative web archive project to archive U.S. Federal Government Websites, this site has been crawled by the Internet Archive as a part of that project (though not publicly accessible yet but hopefully it has been preserved.) 

Thanks Maria Anna Jankowska for bringing this to my attention!

Article Alert – A Whole Systems Approach: Integrated Building Design

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, a 2010 LJ Mover & Shaker, is Coordinator for Library Growth & Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System, Poughkeepsie, NY  wrote  this wonderful article in Library Journal  A Whole Systems Approach: Integrated Building Design.  She tackles the concept of IBD is “a collaborative process, resulting in optimized solutions from an engaged team that is committed to the process from start to finish”  in a way most every librarian can understand.   Want to know more about this IBD concept and how it really work well buy-in and support by all when building greener sustainable libraries – well you have to read the article and follow Rebekkah on  Facebook.com/SustainableLibraries!

Green Book Festival 2012: call for entries

Call for entries!  This annual competition –2012 Green Book Festival –  honors books that contribute to greater understanding, respect and positive action on the changing worldwide environment. Considerations to published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/graphic novels, poetry, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening, cookbooks,animals, photography/art, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), scientific, white
paper, legal, business, mystery and spiritual. Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian.

Grand prize  – $1500 and transportation to our May awards in San Francisco OR an equivalent amount donated in your name to the environmental charity of your choice.

A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

1) The overall writing style and presentation of the work;
2) The potential of the work to enhance understanding of the environment and its

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at http://www.greenbookfestival.com or may be sent to you by emailing GreenBookFestival@sbcglobal.net.

The Green Book Festival is produced by JM Northern Media LLC, producers of the
Hollywood Book Festival, New York Book Festival and DIY Convention: Do It
Yourself in Film, Music & Books.