Sustainability Strategies for Libraries & Communities—ALA Midwinter 2018

If you’re going to ALA Midwinter 2018 in Denver next week, I hope you’ll check out the Sustainability Strategies for Libraries & Communities session.

SustainRT is hosting this stellar panel of librarians, who will be discussing their sustainability initiatives and efforts to move towards a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society. The session features four practitioners doing sustainability work in a range of institutional and consortial settings. 

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Coordinator for Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System) will talk about the creation of a regional Sustainable Library Certification Program for public libraries; Amy Brunvand (Sustainability Librarian, University of Utah) will discuss teaching information literacy from a civic engagement perspective; Ben Rawlins (Library Director, SUNY Geneseo) will discuss sustainability practices in the context of a university system-wide sustainable OER initiative; and Joe Mocnik (Dean of Libraries, North Dakota State University Libraries)  will describe the process of implementing a library-led institutional transition from coal-powered to renewable energy sources.

Guided by Mary Beth Lock (Director of Access Services, Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University), the panelists will explore how their sustainability efforts are changing the way libraries operate and provide services, creating new opportunities for growth and partnerships, and assessing the impact on their library users. Attendees are encouraged to interact with the panel to explore these new initiatives and ideas together, and discuss possibilities for supporting sustainability through curriculum development, collections, exhibits, events, advocacy, and communication, as well as library buildings and space design.

Sustainability Strategies for Libraries & Communities is part of the Symposium on the Future of Libraries series and it takes place Monday, February 12 at 10:30AM. I think it’s going to be super interesting—hope you can make it!