Call for SustainRT Committee Volunteers – Deadline May 5th

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) continues to grow and thrive with a dramatic increase in membership this year. Come be a part of this dynamic round table by serving on a committee to help continue the growth and relevance of our shared work.   Seeking members for the following committees:

  •  Governance
  •  Membership
  •  Online Education
  •  Outreach
  •  Programming
  •  Book Award

To read more about the committees: http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/sustainrt-committees

Applications accepted until May 5th
Notification by May 19th
Two year terms commence on July 1st

Details and volunteer sign up:  http://www.ala.org/groups/committees/volunteer/frm_vol/

Free SustainRT webinar 2/26/19

The Online Education Committee of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table: Libraries Fostering Resilience Communities presents…

Libraries Building Climate Disruption Resilience: For Ourselves, and Our Patrons

Tuesday February 26, 2019 3:00-4:00pm eastern

Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/279294541

Or dial by location

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+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 279 294 541

Presentation by Bob Doppelt, author of Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing
Followed by Q& A, discussion, sharing ideas for resources, services and programming

Part I: Bob Doppelt will orient us beyond emission reductions, physical infrastructure and natural resources. Instead, this webinar will focus on how individuals and groups can build capacity to cope with and use the adversities generated by climate change as catalysts to learn, grow and flourish. Librarians, along with mental health, public health, emergency response, education, and faith leaders can offer resources, services and programming that emphasize building preventative personal and psychosocial resilience skills.

Toxic stresses generated by climate disruption damage the psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing of individuals, organizations, communities and whole societies. This webinar will offer methods and skills that build capacity and use the traumas of climate change as catalysts to find new meaning, direction, and hope in life. For ourselves, and our patrons.

Part II: What specific roles can libraries play in creating a safety net for our communities — before, during, and after climate disruption events? We will share ideas for resilience-building resources, services and programming.

Related events:

  • SustainRT Online Education Committee will offer a virtual mindfulness experience/conversation as a followup to this webinar – Date and time TBA
  • ALA Annual Preconference (free) – June 21, 2019 (1pm-4/5pm – TBA)
    Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: Stabilizing Ourselves and Our Patron

Joining the webinar by SIP? Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeufHzqJlY

279294541@zoomcrc.com

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Meeting ID: 279 294 541

Run for SustainRT office!

SustainRT is calling for interested members to run for positions on the SustainRT Board of Directors! The nomination form closes on January 31, 2019.  We have three vacancies (including the brand new Round Table Councilor since we are finally large enough to qualify for our own ALA Council representative) and welcome a variety of candidates!

Open positions include:

Coordinator-Elect: Three-year term. The Coordinator-elect serves one year of that term as Coordinator-elect, one year as Coordinator, and one year as Immediate Past Coordinator.

Member-at-Large: Two-year term. The Member-at-Large is a liaison to other related round tables and has additional ad hoc and negotiated duties.

Round Table Councilor (rep to ALA Council): Three-year term. The Councilor represents SustainRT at Council meetings at Midwinter and Annual. The SustainRT Councilor is a voting member of ALA Council and may speak on the council floor, make motions, and propose and submit resolutions.

Feel free to reach out to those in the positions now if you have any questions OR if you have a suggestion on a person to nominate to run:  Current Board and Committees

Info on how to run:

Candidacy form can be accessed at:  https://www.directvote.net/alanomination/2019users.html  (make sure to select the Division/Section/Roundtable Ballots link)

All candidates running for round table positions must complete the biographical information form no later January 31, 2019, after which point the form will go down and new candidates will not be accepted for the ballot.

Here are the instructions for candidates to register on the system:

1.)    You will see a New User registration link on the first page.
2.)    Click on the Register link to fill out the registration information and to set your passcode for the Nominee/Candidate process.
3.)    Once in the Nomination site you will need to select your ballot.  Once you have made your selection, click on “GO”.
4.)    Next you will select the office for which you wish to stand for election and complete all required fields.
5.)  If at any time during the process, you run into technical difficulties or have a question, please click on the “Help” located on the left side menu.

SustainRT Midwinter Seattle 2019 Events

Are you going to ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle? Don’t forget to join SustainRT for some sustainability-focused events!

  • Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting – Sat. 1/26 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Washington State Convention Center, Room 211
  • Sustainability Round Table Social Event in collaboration with SRRT (Social Responsibility Round Table) and PRG (Progressive Librarians Guild) – Sat. 1/26  7:00-9:00 pm – Left Bank Books (92 Park, Seattle) **Please note new time and location!!**
  • Introducing U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Libraries – Sun. 1/27 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Washington State Convention Center, Room 205

The full ALA Midwinter scheduler is here.

Recommendation to Explore a New Direction for the ALA Endowment Fund

The Social Responsibilities Round Table and Sustainability Round Table recommend that the ALA’s Endowment Trustees:

  • Conduct a new Request for Proposal (RFP) for investment consultants in order to better align the ALA Endowment Fund’s investments with ALA values.
  • Consider switching from Merrill Lynch and Clearbridge to a fund manager that recognizes the financial risk that fossil fuel stocks pose to the Endowment Fund.
  • Consider increasing the percentage of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria for investments in the ALA Endowment Fund.
  • Consider the recent American Medical Association (AMA) divestment from fossil fuels as a model for ALA.

READ MORE HERE! 

free SustainRT webinar 11/15/18 HandPrint Parties

“Handprint Parties: a public programming tool for librarians to help communities accelerate towards a sustainable future”Explore how librarians at the Portsmouth Public Library (NH) have successfully collaborated with community partners to plan and implement educational programs called “Handprint Parties” that encourage positive action around a wide range of sustainability topics. Presented by:  Bert Cohen is retired Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Hampshire where he team taught classes in Sustainable Living and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living.  &  Steven Butzel, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Steering Committee member of the Sustainability Alliance

What is the concept of a “Handprint”?
The handprint of an action or a product or a service is the sum total of positive impacts we create in the process that support the health of our planetary systems. This contrasts with a “footprint”, such as a carbon footprint, which is the sum total of negative impacts caused by a process necessary to produce a product or service. You can read more about these two concepts in the following article in which Dr. Greg Norris of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment discusses the issues in more detail

This webinar will be an experiential, action oriented presentation in which attendees are asked to interact with the presenters so come with a pad of paper and writing device. In exchange, all attendees will be offered free consultations on how to host a Handprint Party at their own institution on a passionate topic of their choosing.

REGISTER!

ALA Annual: SustainRT events!

All on SUNDAY June 24, 2018
http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/

8:30am – 10am
The Rising Tide: How Libraries Sustain a Planet in Crisis 

Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 278

Libraries and librarians can (and do) play a pivotal role in helping vulnerable communities build the physical, social, economic, and emotional resources and skills necessary to endure and thrive in the face of catastrophic climate, social, and economic disruptions. Librarian who work in a community/area especially prone to catastrophic weather events like flood, fire, drought, etc. respond to crisis by assisting their communities to recover. Please come hear the first-hand insights of two librarians, one public, one academic, on enlisting or providing support for their communities impacted by the disruption wrought after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005. Speakers:  Marylyn Haddican, Library Director, Jefferson Parish  and Andy Corrigan Associate Dean of Libraries, Tulane University  This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).


10:30am – 11:30am
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

All interested please attend!


2:30pm-3:30pm 
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership Meeting 
Location: Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Join the Sustainability Round Table for a brief introduction to SustainRT, followed by micro-presentations by members on projects they are working on (or have worked on) related to sustainability in their libraries. Topics include managing donations to libraries in developing nations, planning environmentally-themed film screenings, finding practical ways to make more efficient use of resources and decrease waste, developing partnerships for campus sustainability, and re-purposing conference swag into sustainable library activities.  Speakers:

Uta Hussong-Christian, Science Librarian, Oregon State University

  • Uta will share her library’s “Party Pack” box (inspired by Green Girl in our town) and durable bag checkout (to keep books dry) as a way to use unwanted conference or other swag and then facilitate table brainstorm about other unusual but interesting sustainable activities.

Gayatri Singh, Reference & Information Services Coordinator, UC San Diego Library

  • Gayatri will discuss the campus’ sustainability initiatives and efforts, and created a Library Sustainability Committee on the UC San Diego Campus.  The charge of the group included developing comprehensive strategies and institutional practices that promote sustainability, including measures to make more efficient use of resources, conserve, and to decrease waste. Discussion will highlight the work we’re doing (events, policies, etc.).  Learn how attendees can implement and/or evaluate similar sustainability initiatives at their institutions, and share what is happening at otherinstitutions.

Rebecca L. Miller, Library Consultant, BiblioDev, LLC

  • Rebecca will lead a discussion on managing donations to libraries in developing nations and more specifically, how to get the donations to the country.  Paying for shipping is not “sexy” and people don’t like to contribute to it, but it’s critical!  This is one of the biggest issues I’ve encountered when working overseas.

Susan Conlon, Head of Youth Services, Princeton Public Library

  • Susan will conduct a mini-presentation on top documentary films with environmental themes that are available for screenings in libraries. It will include a set of slides with each film and discussion/brainstorming with the group.

Amy Brunvand, Librarian, University of Utah Sustainability Office

  • Amy will lead a brief discussion on a recent AASHE presentation on Academic Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities, which includes a quick overview of academic libraries as partners for campus sustainability.