Sustainability Initiative Launches at NYLA2016

nyla_si-logoAfter 14 months of planning, plotting, fundraising, online meetings, phone calls, drafts, laughs and one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career I’m so excited to be on the even of launching the New York Library Association’s Sustainability Initiative (NYLA-SI).

 

Sustainability at NYLA Conference

Submitted by Jessica Phillipe.

At the annual NYLA Conference this week in Saratoga Springs, the Sustainability Initiative will be sharing much of what we’ve done over the past year to help create more sustainable libraries and stronger communities. For those attending, there is a full-day preconference continuing ed. program on Wednesday, November 2 called Libraries: A Powerful Platform for Change. There are still a few seats available, and you can register onsite! There is also an overview session on Friday morning called, Sustainability Initiative: Where Are We Going?

As part of the Initiative’s efforts to make libraries and communities more resilient, all NYLA attendees will find receive the Roadmap to Sustainability booklet in their conference packet. The Roadmap is a tool to clarify sustainability principles, to get you thinking about where your library is in the sustainability process, and how to move forward to make your library and your community stronger. The Roadmap is printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink, and it’s also available electronically as an app. If you don’t need the Roadmap, just return it to the registration area or to the Sustainability Initiative booth. If you have any questions about the Initiative, visit the booth, or look for the conference attendees wearing an “Agent of Change” button; these are members of the committee excited to share more with you. The booth will have additional roadmaps, more information, and the best raffle baskets around!

For those of you unable to make it to conference, you can catch up with the Sustainability Initiative with this 3-minute video, and after conference, the Roadmaps will be available for $3 on NYLA’s website, or free as a PDF if you sign up for our mailing list. The NYLA Sustainability Initiative is poised to help New York Libraries make groundbreaking changes to their institutions and communities. If you would like to support the excellent work of the committee, you can donate here. For more info or to get involved, contact Rebekkah Smith Aldrich or Matt Bollerman.

Cover for the Roadmap to Sustainability.

LJ Leader Video released

lj_designingthefuture_logoAs many of you know, I’m not a fan of being in front of the camera. However, it was cool to be asked to talk about designing the future for libraries for Library Journal’s special future focused issue. Filmed during ALA Annual in Orlando, it was an emotional time in our nation’s history due to the shootings at the PULSE nightclub in Orlando just a few days before we arrived at the conference. It was great to see how the library community pulled together to show support for Orlando and the LGBT community while in Orlando and it reminded me what a great professional librarianship is to be a part of.

New Blog from the Sustainability Round Table of the American Library Association!

SustainabilityRoundTableLogoSustainRT now has a blog!  Check it out: http://olos.ala.org/sustainrt/.  If you would like to share how you are promoting sustainability in your library or community, please consider contributing a post for the blog. Submissions for the blog should be between 500-1000 words and will be subject to review prior to posting. Please send submissions to sustainrtblog@gmail.com.

Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association

NYLA_Sustainability logo_FINALThe New York Library Association just did two very cool things:

  1. Issued a white paper from their Sustainability Initiative outlining the work of a recent retreat of “co-creators” that are helping to shape the future of what sustainable thinking for libraries in New York looks like and
  2. Officially formed the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee

This follows the passage in 2014 of the NYLA Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries, the forerunner of the American Library Association’s Resolution of the same name passed in June 2015, and the 2015 convening of the Sustainability Initiative Retreats, sponsored by an impressive list of leaders throughout New York State:

Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Please Contribute to the SustainRT Sustainability Database

sustainabilityroundtableThe Sustainability Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) is collecting information on books, articles, websites, blogs, social groups, and projects that fall under the umbrella of Sustainable Libraries. Please use this form to suggest resources or projects that will become part of our SustainRT Sustainability Database.

Fill out the form here: http://goo.gl/forms/JMP8ua7GT6

Contact Eileen Harrington (eharring@umd.edu) for more information.

I’m supporting FREE FOR ALL

I’m supporting the Kickstarter campaign for Free For All: Inside the Public Library, “the first major documentary project about our nation’s most beloved and most threatened public institution. It captures dramatic personal stories from library users across America, highlighting the diverse communities that depend on public libraries and the surprising ways libraries are reinventing themselves to serve more people than ever.”

It is more critical than ever that the importance of the public library to local communities gets conveyed in a BIG WAY. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project study, The New Library Patron, had a key finding that I’m pretty obsessed about: “Libraries have a PR problem.”

If we’re going to have a sustainable future, that means community, governmental and corporate financial support of libraries. Telling our story is the work to be done to inspire investment.

A documentary, telling the story, conveying the value in the words of those who have lived it, whose lives have been changed by libraries, will be a massive addition to our arsenal of advocacy tools.

Help this film become a reality by investing in their Kickstarter campaign!