Travel offsets for librarians: resources

After listening to a recent webinar talk by David Selden (of the National Indian Law Library) for the American Library Association’s SustainRT I wanted to share some of the travel off set resources he provided.

As he spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries, their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries (read more) The December 1 webinar  recording and his slides  are available, and here are so recommended resources:

The story behind the creation of the Sustainabilty Round Table of ALA

A recent publication in Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (11 (2)) by Beth Filar Williams (me!)  Madeleine Charney  &  Bonnie Smith called  Growing our vision together: forming a sustainability community within the American Library Association was published online Apr 01, 2016. It tells the back story about how the ALA SustainRT came to be….

Abstract:

As long-standing keepers of democracy and information stewardship, library professionals are a natural fit for advocating and promoting sustainability within their communities. From seed libraries to Occupy Wall Street libraries, their view of sustainability extends beyond environmental concerns to include community activism, economic development, and social equity. Empowering people, facilitating dialogue, and providing resources for a more resilient future are at the center of librarians’ vital and changing roles. These visionary professionals have powered libraries’ work as outspoken advocates with well-founded initiatives. For a long time, however, there was no cohesive sustainability-focused venue for sharing best practices, collaborating, and contributing to the profession. In 2014, after two years of focused research and promotion, the American Library Association (ALA) approved a new group, the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT). This article describes how library advocates built SustainRT over the years and gained momentum with a pivotal webinar series. Clear signs of SustainRT’s early success are a testimony to the critical need for a sustainability-related Community of Practice (CoP). The article shows how the steps taken to achieve this national group’s standing can serve as a model for fostering dialogue and collaboration (often through virtual means) that allows for wide participation. http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58825 

Summary of ALA Conference 2016 SustainRT sessions!

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:

Carribean Libs at ALAAlso, 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  !

Going to ALA in Orlando next week?

SustainRT has lots of great sessions (see below) You might also want to check out this listing of diversity events at ALA as well

 

ALA Annual Conference, Orlando

  • more info here: http://www.alaannual.org/
  • Saturday morning, June 25, 8:30 – 10 a.m. “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman (Hauppauge Public Library (New York) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System (New York) will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way. 
  • Saturday afternoon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., SustainRT will hold its annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities.” ALL ARE WELCOME! 
  • Saturday evening, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  connect with SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social at Marlow’s Tavern, 9101 International Drive.
  • Sunday morning, June 26,   10:30 – 11:30 a.m., “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” will explore how libraries of all kinds, already cornerstones of their communities and hubs of exchange, are uniquely positioned to act as change agents within those communities to become sustainable, resilient and regenerative.   Panelists will include 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; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno.
  • Sunday afternoon, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” will feature a panel of representatives from the National Library of Aruba (NLA) and partner organizations from the Caribbean island nation, the Netherlands and the United States as they share their experiences holding a series of symposia from 2012-2015 for 6,000 students and teachers in secondary schools and higher education on sustainable energy, food supply, and soil practices.  

SustainRT Travel Awards for ALA 2016

 Attention SustainRT members!  The Sustainability Round Table will be offering two $100 travel awards toward attendance at the ALA conference in June 2016.  The awards will be granted to one current SustainRT member currently employed by a library or library-related organization, and one student currently enrolled in an M.L.I.S. program at the time of the conference.

The requirements for the student award are that applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an M.L.I.S. program as of the conference date.
  • Submit a written essay (500 word limit) or 1-2 minute video essay on why it’s important for librarians to promote sustainability.
  • Grant permission for SustainRT to post their submission to the SustainRT blog and other social media.
  • Agree to write a short blog post (250-500 words) about their experience attending ALA and/or how they think that the Sustainability Round Table can encourage their fellow students to take an interest in promoting sustainability at their schools and in their communities.

Requirements for the professional award are that applicants must:

  • Be a current SustainRT member.
  • Be currently employed by a library or a library-related organization.
  • Submit a written essay (500 word limit) or 1-2 minute video essay on a project they have undertaken to make their library greener or to promote sustainability in their community.
  • Agree to write a short blog post (250-500 words) about their experience attending ALA and/or  how they think that the Sustainability Round Table can encourage and support librarians who wish to promote sustainability in their libraries and communities.

Entries should be sent to sustainrtoutreach@gmail.com by midnight  June 8, 2016

The winner will be announced by June 15, 2016.

Save the date: SustainRT events at ALA

The ALA Annual Conference held in Orlando FL this year has now published their schedule.  And here are the Sustainability Round Table events and programs – save the date if you are planning to attend!

  • Saturday morning, June 25, 8:30 – 10 a.m. “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman (Hauppauge Public Library (New York) and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System (New York) will explore how to infuse the core value of sustainability into everything we do, taking a “whole systems approach” to leading our libraries into the future and building our base of support among those we serve along the way. 
  • Saturday afternoon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., SustainRT will hold its annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities.” ALL ARE WELCOME! 
  • Saturday evening, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  connect with SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social at Marlow’s Tavern, 9101 International Drive.
  • Sunday morning, June 26,   10:30 – 11:30 a.m., “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” will explore how libraries of all kinds, already cornerstones of their communities and hubs of exchange, are uniquely positioned to act as change agents within those communities to become sustainable, resilient and regenerative.   Panelists will include 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; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno.
  • Sunday afternoon, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” will feature a panel of representatives from the National Library of Aruba (NLA) and partner organizations from the Caribbean island nation, the Netherlands and the United States as they share their experiences holding a series of symposia from 2012-2015 for 6,000 students and teachers in secondary schools and higher education on sustainable energy, food supply, and soil practices.