Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries

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Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries
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Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series
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Smith, Bonnie
Charney, Madeleine
Williams, Beth Filar
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George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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2012

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Libraries for Sustainability Exploring Sustainability Practices in LibrariesWebinar Series 2012 Webinar 2 of 4 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries-April 24, 2012

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Facilitators Madeleine Charney Umass Amherst Library Bonnie J. Smith University of Florida Libraries Beth Filar Williams UNC Greensboro Libraries

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Objectives for series: •Collaborate •Share ideas & information •Build networks •Educate •Take action Background on Webinar Series Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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The concept of sustainability emerges from "sustainable development" defined in the1987 BrundtlandReport as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” addressing the balance between social equity, economic vitality, and environmental integrity. Sustainability Defined society environment economy Environment Society EconomyTriple bottom line

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Objectives for Today’s Webinar Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries •Inspire •Inform •Create momentum for collaboration Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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•Greening Libraries –Kathryn Miller •Academic Libraries –Marianne Buehler •School Libraries –Laura Barnes •Working with Community –Mandy Henk Agenda for Today’s Webinar Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Sustainability through Library Operations Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012 Kathryn Miller MLS, MAT, EdD AVP, Academic Resources Argosy University kjmiller@argosy.edu 312 718 5391

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LEED ( Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for planning green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Buildings Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Indoor Updates Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012Natural Stone (not synthetics) Glass (not plastic) Lighting Motion activated sensors Use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs Vampire power Paint Use nontoxic, low VOC (volatile organic compound). Light color paint reflects the sun’s heat

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Outdoor updates Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012Landscape with native plants. Climate appropriate species will reduce water needs. Do you need a lawn? Consider rocks, bark and other ground cover.

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Transportation Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012How do people get to your library? Walk Sidewalks Bus or Train Schedules (Personalized?) Shelter Bike Route maps Bike Rack Carpool Employees Patrons

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Purchasing Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012Consider How is the item packaged? What is its useful life? How will the item eventually be disposed of? Purchasing Power Look for Green Seal productsGS 8 standard Look for Energy Star ratings for office equipment

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Process Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012Weeding | Interlibrary loan (ILLiad) | Document delivery services Patron-driven collection development

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Academic Libraries: Sustainability in ActionMarianne A. Buehler Urban Sustainability Librarian / IR Manager-Administrator University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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• Librarians with instructional design and curriculum redesign skills partnering with faculty to infuse sustainability into the curriculum, Northern AZ University http://library.nau.edu/information/library_strategic_and_operating_plans_20 10 2011.pdf • Ponderosa & Piedmont Projects –librarians and faculty address global and local sustainability challenges, some reflected in curriculum development efforts. http://sustainability.emory.edu/page/1021/Piedmont Project/ Faculty and Librarian CollaborationsSustainability Across the Curriculum Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Faculty and Librarian CollaborationsSustainability Research Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012•Global traction: Showcase research, sustainable topic publications, AASHE STARS reporting, conferences, presentations, and more –> deposit in institutional repositories. http://digitalcommons.library.unlv.edu/reports/ •Joint presentations and articles • Support faculty editors: Open access journals http://digitalcommons.library.unlv.edu/jhdrp/

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• Graduate Student Sustainability Seminar –assist with resources, educate about highlighting research output in an IR (presentations, posters, articles) intellectual content is open access and globally available. http://digitalcommons.library.unlv.edu/cs_ug_research • Graduate Student Scholarly Communication Seminar –enhance knowledge re: open access to research, retaining copyrights to articles. http://guides.library.unlv.edu/scholarlycommunication • Undergraduate Student Research –Posters, peer reviewed research awards http://digitalcommons.library.unlv.edu/cs_ug_research/ http://digitalcommons.library.unlv.edu/award/ Librarian and Student CollaborationsSustainable Activity Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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• Serve on a sustainability committee / initiative • Exhibits (online or physical) http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/webexhibits/sustainability/ http://library.ucr.edu/view/libraries/rivera/exhibits/food_sus_rivera /food_sus_rivera.html • Partner with food services (free vegan dinner at Earth Hour), free campus movies (Forks Over Knives), Campus sustainability coordinator organized this. • Faculty/staff/student open and advertised presentations related to sustainability. Academic Campus Sustainability Opportunities Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Sustainability in School Libraries Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012Laura L. Barnes, Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Prairie Research Institute l-barnes@illinois.edu

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Sustainability in School Libraries Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012School Librarians are Special School librarians operate inside a larger organization Changes to facilities are often out of their control Purchasing may be centralized at the building or district level Difficult to implement green purchasing program at library level School librarians are also certified teachers Can partner with classroom teachers or teach environmental education units independently Often participate in faculty meetings and may sit on school and district-wide committees Are trusted information providers within the school building

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Sustainability in School Libraries Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012 Start a faculty/staff environmental committee in your school or join existing one. Be the go-to person for environmental information. Partner with other teachers to incorporate environmental ed. into the classroomLead by Example Establish a book trading program among faculty & staff. Or start a school-wide used book exchange program for students. Consider environmental factors when planning a new library space. Do stand-alone environmental ed. programs during scheduled library time.

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Sustainability in School Libraries Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012 K-8 school in Wadsworth, IL received BP A+ for Energy grant entitled Let the Sun Shine: Hands-on Solar Energy Activities @ Your Library Integrated energy activities into the school library media program School librarian combined story time and projects to teach students: The power of the sun (kindergarten), How to measure solar energy (first grade), Harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity for the home (second grade) and to power cars (third grade). Students demonstrated their projects at “Days in the Sun” family activity programs in the school library courtyard. Case Study: Millburn Central School

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Sustainability in School Libraries Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012For More InformationGreen Libraries LibGuide http://uiuc.libguides.com/green-libraries Includes information specific to school libraries. Environmental Education LibGuide http://uiuc.libguides.com/environmental-education Environmental Novels: An Annotated Bibliography http://hdl.handle.net/2142/696 Lists novels for teens and adults with environmental themes Environmental News Bits http://envnewsbits.wordpress.com Includes Education, Libraries, and Publications categories.

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Mandy Henk Access Services Librarian DePauw University & Guerrilla Librarian People's Library Occupy Wall Street amandahenk@depauw.edu Working with Community Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Sustainability Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012This movement is relentless and unafraid. It cannot be mollified, pacified, or suppressed. There can be no Berlin Wall moment, no treaty signing, no morning to awaken when the superpowers agree to stand down. The movement will continue to take myriad forms. It will not rest. There will be no Marx, Alexander, or Kennedy. No book can explain it, no person can represent it, no words can encompass it, because the movement is the breathing, sentient testament of the living world. And I believe it will prevail. I don’t mean defeat, conquer, or cause harm to someone else. And I don’t tender the claim in an oracular sense. I mean the thinking that informs the movement’s goal—to create a just society conducive to life on Earth—will reign. It will soon suffuse and permeate most institutions. But before then, it will change a sufficient number of people so as to begin the reversal of centuries of frenzied self destruction. Inspiration is not garnered from litanies of what is flawed; it resides in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, recover, reimagine, and reconsider. Healing the wounds of the Earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party. It is not a liberal or conservative activity. It is a sacred act. Paul Hawken

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Two Paths Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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The Practical Work of Sustainability Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012• Transitioning to sustainability requires a reexamination of the systems that surround us. • All systems have elements, interrelationships, and a purpose. • By examining the system as a whole, we can find leverage points to use that will help us to identify the changes that are both within our power and likely to have the most impact. • Systems thinking also gives us a structure to use to look at where the system is failing and offers suggestions for how to bring the system into a more sustainable state.

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Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Materials and Services: Leverage Points for Sustainability Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012• Numbers: Move more of your budget into building a strong sustainability collection. • Balancing Feedback Loops: Look closely at how you get information about your community’s information needs and how quickly that information comes to you. Create community boards for underrepresented members of your community to improve that flow and create internal structures to act on it. • Information Flows: Create avenues for sustainability information about your local community. Do this through regular meetings, reading groups (for staff and patrons), newsletters, whatever you have available to you. • Rules: Change your circulation policies if they are having a disproportionate influence on poor people in your community. • Self Organization: Get a seat at the local sustainability table for your library. Join the local transition town group, get a booth at the farmer’s market, make sure the library sis represented on the local sustainability commission or office of sustainability. Offer programming for these groups. • Goals: For those with detailed collection development polices, what does that policy say about sustainability collections? What about programming polices? Make changes where needed and possible. • Paradigms: What if we stop thinking of our selves as serving our community and started thinking about ourselves as part of the community?

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Confronting Power Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Fredrick Douglas

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To put it more simply Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012The earth is not dying,it is being killed. And those that are killing it have names and addresses. Utah Philips

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Protest is moral act, founded in love Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012But there is another way. And that is to organize mass non violent resistance based on the principle of love. It seems to me that this is the only way as our eyes look to the future. As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way. Dr. Martin Luther King

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Additional Questions for Presenters? Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012 Libraries for Sustainability

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Libraries for Sustainability Upcoming Events: June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) Webinar Preparing for ALAAnnualand options for future collaboration June 22-26, 2012 ALA Annual -Informal Meet-up August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00(EST) Webinar -Action PlanFollow Up & Discussion Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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New Librarians for Sustainability listserv -coming soon! Join the LinkedIn group: “Sustainability Librarians” Contact facilitators & presenters: Madeleine Charney mcharney@library.umass.edu Bonnie Smith bonniesmith@ufl.edu Beth FilarWilliams greeningyourlibrary@gmail.com Kathryn Miller kjmiller@argosy.edu Marianne Buehler Marianne.Buehler@unlv.edu Laura Barnes l-barnes@illinois.edu Mandy Henk amandahenk@depauw.edu Libraries for Sustainability Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012

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Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries -April 24, 2012Libraries for Sustainability Exploring Sustainability Practices in LibrariesThank you!