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
One of this year’s Movers & Shakers from Library Journal, check out the profile on Madeleine Charney, co-founder & past coordinator of the ALA Sustainability Round Table – and all-around inspiration!
If you missed the March 9th SustainRTwebinar with Amy Brunvand presenting on “STARS and Beyond: Adventures of an embedded Librarian in the Campus Sustainability Office,” be sure to watch the RECORDING and check out the follow up Q&A document!
Mark your calendar and register for the next webinar on Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:15-12:45pm (eastern) with Bob Doppelt – Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing
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:
Check out this short video clip of Rebekkah Smith Aldrich SustainRT’s Member-at-Large, discussing the power of libraries to foster resilient communities: https://vimeo.com/183476716
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….
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