Librarian Gary Shaffer (who’s book Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach, will be published in early 2018) wrote this short column for American Libraries magazine. Triple bottom line sustainability is a framework that looks holistically at environmental, economic and social aspects. He shares a few ideas on how libraries can lead the way for their communities and ensure they themselves thrive well into the future.
Kellie Sparks shares, in this American Libraries magazine column, the idea that libraries can assist supporting activists and other stakeholders in their communities fighting climate change by more proactively collecting and disseminating information Libraries naturally curate but can and should actively market meaningful data and resources to those seeking this information. She also offers a list of some key resources.
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
Hopefully you are a member of the Sustainability Round Table and if so, make sure you VOTE!
Check out the slate of candidates and SustainRT Blog post for the two nominees for Coordinator-elect: Uta Hussong-Christian and Amy Brunvand. Also running for Member at Large (profiles to be included on the blog soon): Susan Conlon, Princeton Public Library & Carol Sevin, Kansas State University