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.
The countdown to the 2012 American Library Association Conference in Anaheim, CA has begun!
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:
Going to ALA? attend the Task Force on the Environment Group meeting (7:30pm Fri, Hilton Anaheim, Oceanside) to meet the new co-chairs, and discuss if you want TFOE or make it a round table etc!
RSVP here on the LinkedIn Sustainability Librarians Group page.
In the never ending quest to keep up online I checked out Pinterest and pretty quickly got sucked in.
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”
Buildings made out of shipping containers? Yep. I’m in love with this idea, here are two library examples:
BiebBus (via GreenDiary):
“BiebBus is a mobile library that has been specifically built to squeeze in narrow streets and to attract children and consequently inculcate the value of reading in them.
BiebBus is actually a shipping container that can pop-up and create two levels in the library. The lower level houses all the books and even though it looks like a tight fit, 20 people can stand around the 100 meter book shelf that is home to over 7000 books. The upper level is where children can sit, and read the books. To make it fun, the floor is made of glass – not just simple glass, but a a sort of magnifying glass which makes the kid look bigger. There are huge windows on the upper level so that there is enough natural light and the inquisitive ones can look outside. Cool lights and bean-bags complete the “reading-space”. 35-40 children can sit comfortably and lost themselves in the written word.”
The Contertainer (via Inhabitat):
“The Contertainer is a poly-clinic and public library designed by Indonesian firm, dpavilion architects, that repurposes these adventurous vessels to house books, which serve as “windows” to the world at large. The name for the health clinic and public libraryis an amalgam of two words: container and entertainer, which reflects its goal of providing a better quality of living for those who have little money.”
What could you do with a bit more money? Have a project idea? Get investors.
I’m in the midst of a cool experience thanks to Kickstarter. I was transfixed by the “People’s Library” that sprouted up during the Occupy Wall Street movement. So much so that when I heard someone wanted to create a book about the phenomenon I followed a Facebook post from a friend that led me to the opportunity to be a part of the creation of the book, as an investor. I ponied up along with 282 other people to make this possibility a reality.
I believed in this project, I thought it was a good idea and I wanted to help.
I bet many people feel that way about things you’d like to do at your library, they just don’t know about your plans.