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Libraries as Partners Around the University Table

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Title:
Libraries as Partners Around the University Table
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Conference Proceedings
Creator:
Smith, Bonnie
Jankowska, Maria - University of California Los Angeles
Marianne Buehler - University of Nevada Los Vegas
Conference:
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

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Abstract:
The university table where sustainability campus initiatives and academic programs are discussed is relatively busy. Seats are filled by representatives from academic and student affairs; buildings and grounds; housing services; as well as faculty, staff and students. Academic libraries are seldom represented at this table. In 2012 a survey focused on academic libraries was conducted to capture the thoughts, opinions and ideas of library personnel regarding the role of libraries in university sustainability initiatives and curricular support. This presentation will disclose the results of the survey which reveal a striking mix of interest, services, collaboration and programs available through academic libraries to strengthen institutional focus on educating for sustainability.
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Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Bonnie Smith.
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Unpublished
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AASHE Annual Conference - Nashville, TN - October 2013

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University of Florida Institutional Repository
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University of Florida
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IR00003513:00001

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Material Information

Title:
Libraries as Partners Around the University Table
Physical Description:
Conference Proceedings
Creator:
Smith, Bonnie
Jankowska, Maria - University of California Los Angeles
Marianne Buehler - University of Nevada Los Vegas
Conference:
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Notes

Abstract:
The university table where sustainability campus initiatives and academic programs are discussed is relatively busy. Seats are filled by representatives from academic and student affairs; buildings and grounds; housing services; as well as faculty, staff and students. Academic libraries are seldom represented at this table. In 2012 a survey focused on academic libraries was conducted to capture the thoughts, opinions and ideas of library personnel regarding the role of libraries in university sustainability initiatives and curricular support. This presentation will disclose the results of the survey which reveal a striking mix of interest, services, collaboration and programs available through academic libraries to strengthen institutional focus on educating for sustainability.
Acquisition:
Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Bonnie Smith.
Publication Status:
Unpublished
General Note:
AASHE Annual Conference - Nashville, TN - October 2013

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved by the submitter.
System ID:
IR00003513:00001


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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ( AASHE ) Conference and Expo Nashville, TN October 6 9, 2013 Libraries as Partners Around the UNIVERSITY Table

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Presentation Authors Bonnie J. Smith University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries Maria A. Jankowska University of California, Los Angeles, Charles E. Young Research Library Marianne A. Buehler University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries

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Agenda

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Decisions behind conducting the survey Survey Participants

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Research Questions What sustainability activities are academic libraries engaged in to support sustainability curriculum? What is the level of engagement of academic libraries in sustainability activities? Is there a relationship between the level of engagement and the Carnegie Classification (CC) taxonomy of higher education institutions in the US?

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Working Definition Practices and activities in Academic Libraries that contribute to sustainability are those that: promote equitable access to information enhance scholarly research and communication on sustainability topics encourage collaboration in the area of sustainability

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About the Web Survey 27 questions 203 respondents from academic libraries 149 institutions

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Geographical Distribution of Institutions Northeast West South Midwest

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Percent of Institutions by Number of Students 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% <5000 5,000-15,000 15,000-30,000 >30,000 Percent of Institutions Number of Students 35% 65%

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Number of Institutions by Type 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Public Private

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Number of Institutions by Carnegie Classification 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 CC 1 CC 2 CC 3 CC 4 Number of Institutions Carnegie Classification 31% 69%

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Questions Resources/Instruction/Content Outreach/Collaboration University/College Information

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Findings 74% of the libraries represented reported between 6 and 40 sustainability related activities and initiatives

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Level of Library Engagement in Sustainability Activities 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0-5 Minimally Engaged 6-20 Somewhat Engaged 21-40 Moderately Engaged 41-60 Highly Engaged Number of Libraries Level of Engagement 74%

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Findings Weak positive correlation between the level of engagement of academic libraries in the emerging focus of teaching sustainability across the curriculum and the Carnegie Classification taxonomy of higher education institution in the US

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Average Number of Engagements by Carnegie Classification 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 CC 1 CC 2 CC 3 CC 4 Average Number of Engagements Carnegie Classification

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Most Reported Library Activities Related to Sustainability 71% Classes on how to use library resources and conduct research that incorporate sustainability topics such as: open access research, use of the institutional repository (IR), the environment, retaining author rights, social equity, and community engagement.

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Most Reported Library Activities Related to Sustainability 62% Collaborating with other units on campus on sustainability related activities 46% Subject guides related to sustainability

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More activities Efforts to build collections devoted to sustainability related topics (40%) Greening libraries (35%) Involvement in sustainability research (23%) Teaching (17%) Involvement in STARS report (5%)

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Conclusions The exploratory study gave a better educating for sustainability: current status opportunities for increased engagement direction for further research

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Questions Thank You for Your Attention