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

Free Virtual Conference on Sustainabiliy Wednesday!

A FREE virtual conference promoting best practices in sustainability
9-5pm Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Committee on Sustainability, focusing on academics in North Carolina,
but anyone interested welcome to join in all day or part of the day!

Program Presentations:
Sustainable Transportation Practices
Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Climate Change Mitigation & Sustainable Energy Initiatives
Sustainable Practices in Facilities, Grounds, & Housekeeping
Master Planning for a Sustainable Campus

In addition to the program presentations we will show our “Sustainable Shorts” – films produced by UNCG students, highlighting a particular issue of sustainability and winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition.

Sign up and get more details: http://sustain.uncg.edu/

Note: several librarians (including me!) are a part of this committee & conference planning group – get involved outside your library walls and make things happen!

ALA Virtual Conference

June 1, 2009 Press Release from ALA:

Attend Annual Conference from your desktop this year with the American Library Association’s (ALA) new Virtual Conference.  ALA is offering 10 interactive Web sessions on Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14, at the closing of the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.Interact with speakers and other attendees during each of these hour-long sessions on a variety of exciting topics.

These interactive programs from ALA’s Washington Office, the Office of Intellectual Freedom and several other divisions and offices will be the next best thing to being right at the Annual Conference itself.

Topics will include accessing stimulus money for broadband deployment, greening your library and best customer service.

Some of the featured programs are:

  • “Conversants”— explore a new way of looking at librarianship as centered on learning and enhancing the conversation of communities.
  • “Be My Guest: Customer Service from the Best,” presented by ASCLA—learn ways to make library patrons feel welcome and have a positive experience.
  • “You Got Me, Do You Like Me? Evaluating Next Generation Catalogs,” presented by RUSA—hear from a panel of academic and public information professionals who have been evaluating their open source and off-the-shelf next generation catalogs.
  • “Overview of the Broadband Deployment and Infrastructure Development: How Libraries Can Access the $7.2 Billion,” featuring John Windhausen, Jr., president of Telepoly Consulting.
  • “Small Scale Green”—learn how to “green” existing library facilities without having to start anew.

The Virtual Conference is perfect for those who can’t make it to Chicago this year or for Conference attendees who missed sessions due to busy or conflicting schedules.

All full registrants for the ALA Conference will have access to these sessions after the conference.  Those not attending Conference in-person can register for the Virtual Conference online through the ALA Web site.  The cost is $215 for ALA members, $210 for division members, $120 for student members, $145 for retired members, $298 for non-members and $215 for institutional members.

Libraries or schools can also receive the following special group rates: $300 for one to three employees; $500 for four to nine employees; and $1000 for 10-plus employees.  Register online at http://ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/reg/index.cfm.

ACRL Offers Virtual Conference Participation

If you cant travel to Seattle for ACRL, you can be green and save money! Participate in the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference, held completely online,  with synchronous and asynchronous activities.  Each registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event.

Registration is now open. (3/6/09 is the deadline to register)

ACRL member – $165 / ALA member – $205 / Nonmember – $245 / Full-time student – $75 / Group: up to three attendees – $295 / Group: 4-9 attendees – $595 / Group – 10 or more attendees – $995

Note: Face-to-face Seattle conference participants receive complimentary access to the conference community as part of their conference registration.

ALA Virtual Poster Sessions

ALA President Jim Rettig has announced initiatives one in particular allows members to be more green by participating an ALA-wide virtual poster session.

The first of two poster sessions will debut this fall called “Community Central” – to share your experiences of making your library vital in your community.

The following details are from Rettig’s Web page on this initiatives:

To be considered for inclusion in the poster session, please send a proposal in the form of a summary of your library’s efforts, making sure to address the following points:

  1. Question or problem (need not be stated as hypotheses)

  2. Environmental context of the question or problem (such as public libraries, academic libraries)

  3. Organizational context of the question or problem (internal services, outreach, community analysis, etc.)

  4. Approaches to address the question or problem (i.e., the specific ways the library and its staff have addressed the kinds of programs and activities mentioned in the Community Central description)

  5. Outcomes (details on the effects of the approaches, including data, testimonials or other evidence of community involvement)

The summary must be no longer than three pages, double-spaced (one or more photos or images may be included as part of the three pages).

The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 15. Approximately 25 submissions will be selected and will be available for viewing during January 2009.

Send the proposals via e-mail to Dr. John M. Budd at BuddJ@missouri.edu