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Discussion Heading to ACRL? Join us for a SustainRT Cultural Trail Walk and/or Green Drinks

by Beth Filar-Williams on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Visit Facebook to sign up! https://www.facebook.com/events/573272162692643/

This event  is sponsored by the NEW round table of ALA - SustainRT!

Visit Facebook to sign up! https://www.facebook.com/events/573272162692643/

This event  is sponsored by the NEW round table of ALA - SustainRT!

Calling all libraries (not just academics but any local librarian community interested in joining us!) who have interest in sustainability for Cultural Trail Walk and/or Green Drinks. Chat with other like minded librarians while we take a walk along the beautiful Indianapolis Cultural Trail (map: http://www.indyculturaltrail.org/map.html) - the Canal Walk route, toward the Central Library. We plan a 30+ minute walk toward the north end, followed by a Green Drinks at a local place The Rathskeller

When: Friday April 12 at 5:15pm.

Cultural Trail Walk Meetup: corner of Washington St and Capital Ave, on the lawn of the Capital by the trail (http://www.indyculturaltrail.org/map.html)

Green Drinks Meetup: by 6pm at Rathsekller http://rathskeller.com/
401 E. Michigan St.

(shout out to Joe Fox, Indy Public Librarian, for his help in organizing this event!)

Questions? Contact beth (efwilli3 [at] uncg.edu)

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Discussion Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability Survey

by Bonnie Smith on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Please accept this invitation to participate in the Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability survey.  

Please accept this invitation to participate in the Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability survey.  

This survey explores the level of engagement of academic libraries and information studies schools in the emerging focus of educating for sustainability on university and college campuses across North America. The expected benefits associated with your involvement include creating a better understanding of the role of libraries in educating for sustainability and may also reveal some opportunities for further research.  We are committed to analyzing the results and sharing key findings of this survey. We anticipate the survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this survey. The confidentiality of your responses will be protected. Please share this survey with colleagues in academic libraries and LIS schools. Those who complete the survey may be entered in a random drawing at the close of the survey for the following prizes: One of ten Better World Books gift certificates valued at $20 each and one of ten Starbucks gift certificates valued at $10 each. If you wish to participate in the drawing, please provide your email address at the end of the survey.The survey closes on May 2, 2012.Please click here to take the survey: https://academictrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8Ds9A1yindrZLlGWith much appreciation,  Bonnie J. Smith - bonniesmith@ufl.edu 
University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
Maria A. Jankowska - majankowska@library.ucla.edu 
UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library
Marianne A. Buehler - marianne.buehler@unlv.edu 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

 

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Discussion Libraries for Sustainability Webinar #2: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries - April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)

by Beth Filar-Williams on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented.

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. Academic, public and school libraries will be represented.

This webinar will consist of lightning talks by librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts. They will share their experiences and provide time for questions.  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

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If you missed attending the first in our Webinar series - Call to Action and Collaboration - here is the webinar recording:

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/play.jnlp?sid=315&psid=2012-02-28.0718.M.669FDEC58C8549C611C2EC64F0EDEE.vcr

and the slides are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/filarwilliams/libraries-for-sustainability-call-to-action-and-collaboration

 

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Discussion USSF Planning Wiki. Detroit 2010 (US Social Forum)

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 07:10 am

The USSF 2010 which will take place in Detroit  has a Planning Wiki.

Detroit USSF local organizing efforts are facilitated by  five "anchor" organizations:

The USSF 2010 which will take place in Detroit  has a Planning Wiki.

Detroit USSF local organizing efforts are facilitated by  five "anchor" organizations:

 

Report at Radical Reference on Librarian participation at the USSF Social Forum in Atlanta .

Article on Librarians at the USSF Social Forum in Atlanta in The Progressive Librarian 30 (Winter 2007/2008)  "PLG – ¡Presenté! Report from the United States Social Forum," by Elaine Harger & Kathleen de la Peña McCook. 

Just posted: a pdf file report on  the 2007 USSF.

The Social Forum [2007]  succeeded in introducing US-based movements to the open processes, its participatory nature and the opportunities to share and develop sophisticated politics relevant to the current moment.

 

The U.S. Social Forum is more than a conference, more than a networking bonanza, more than a reaction to war and repression. The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other's experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and develop consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world.

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Discussion Transition Movement

by Elaine Harger on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 01:46 pm

Has anyone read the Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resiliance by Rob Hopkins?  http://transitionculture.org/

Discussion Efforts for a "Greener" Library

by Marcos Martinez on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

What are some "green" programs or efforts your library is doing? (Ex. recycle paper, harvest solar energy, host workshops on water conservation for patrons to attend, etc.)

If you would like to share information on what others are doing, that would be great too.

I am interested to know what others are doing, and to make this a great opportunity for members to share and discuss ideas.

Discussion Solar Technology for Libraries

by Marcos Martinez on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 02:46 pm

Would libraries have an attractive return of investment if Solar technology were installed at this time?

I understand various factors would affect the ROI such as location, square footage, etc.

Online Doc Greening Libraries From the Inside

by Jonathan Betz-Zall on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 09:51 am

These are the speaking notes I used at the "Grassroots Greening" program presented by ALA SRRT Task Force on the Environment on July 11, 2009 in Chicago.

GoinggreenJoin this effort to promote environmental stewardship within our profession and in the communities where we work, live, and play.

Libraries across the country are faced with enormous challenges. The environment is one of them. It was important nearly 40 years ago with the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The American Library Association saw the creation of the Task Force on the Environment (TFOE) in 1989, just as the 20th Anniversary of Earth day was rolling around the corner. TFOE has, over the years, provided direction and guidance within the American Library Association. Its mission statement states that TFOE "Promotes awareness of environmental issues within ALA; addresses information exchange on the world environment; and provides services, programs and publications that assist librarians with environmental issues in the workplace and in local communities." (see: www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/srrt/tfoe/taskforceenvironment.cfm).

 But TFOE has not been the only environmental voice in ALA. ALA's Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) has long supported programs and ideas related to libraries and environmental and energy efficient design, the 2009 National Meeting of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) was devoted to a theme of Green Libraries, and promoted eco-friendly practices, including a means to reduce the meeting’s ecological footprint by committing to the Green Pledge. Libraries Build Sustainable Communities was a major program theme for the Association in 1999-2001 and saw that nearly 1,900 librarians were trained in expanding their knowledge and outreach on the concepts of sustainability--nearly ten years before "sustainable" became a common household term.

 

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