Random-ish thought: Environmental sustainability is defined by “the three Es,” in order for something to be truly sustainable it must address all three: environment, economics, and social equity. [Read more about this definition of sustainability here.]
Here are three possible Es for a Sustainable Library:
A place where patrons are:
Handouts for the Grassroots Library Advocacy 101 presentation at the 2012 New York Library Association Conference
2012 has me broadening the scope of my thinking when it comes to how I define a Sustainable Library. When I was writing the LJ article on Integrated Building Design last year I kept thinking: “why don’t we apply this type of thinking throughout our organizations?”
If we take the definition of sustainability as “the capacity to endure” and thread that throughout our organizations, not just our facilities – the policies we write, the customer service expectations we have of our staff, the technology we deploy, the messages we send, all can contribute to having a sustainable library.
On the morning of Monday, June 25th I will be presenting with Jeffrey Scherer, architect extraordinaire, and Susan Benton, CEO of the Urban Libraries Council. Our topic: Sustainable Thinking: Passageways to Better Buildings, Budgets & Beyond.
In spirit, Louise Schaper will also be with us. She is an original member of our panel that will not be able to make it out to California but she is a driving force behind the content that will be presented.
We will be talking about the importance of thinking sustainably throughout your organization, not just when it comes to your facility.
This morning I spent some time working on the presentation. I’ll be handling Louise’s content as well as my own so wanted to get more familiar with her slides. Very struck by how well Louise can articulate the importance of “walking the walk” not just “talking the talk.” She provides excellent examples of how to infuse the ideals of sustainability throughout the culture of the library as an organization that I’m excited to have the opportunity to talk about at ALA this year!
As always, I am looking forward to connecting in-person with so many of you I get to talk with online through this web site, the Sustainable Libraries Facebook page and the Sustainable Librarians Group on LinkedIn. Please come up and introduce yourself! The more of us who know each other the more we can accomplish for the profession!
Via Beth Fillar Williams:
RSVP here on the LinkedIn Sustainability Librarians Group page.
It completely speaks to my librarian brain to start saving and classifying all the great graphics and photos I come across online!
I’ve got a couple of boards going that I thought would be of interest to fans of Sustainable Libraries:
and of course… Trees
Check it out and follow my boards so we can find new ways to waste time together!
For Academic Libraries & Information Studies Schools, on behalf of Bonnie J. Smith, University of Florida:
Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability
“Colleagues, 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 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. All responses are welcome and valuable. The survey closes on May 2, 2012. Click here to take the survey. With much appreciation, Bonnie J. Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries Maria A. Jankowska – email@example.com UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library Marianne A. Buehler – firstname.lastname@example.org University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries”