Libraries for Sustainability - Networking Event at AASHE 2011


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Libraries for Sustainability - Networking Event at AASHE 2011
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Charney, Madeleine K.
Smith, Bonnie J.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
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"Libraries for Sustainability" was a networking event held at the AASHE conference on 10/11/2011. Participants mostly included sustainability officers with a handful of librarians. A lively and productive discussion yielded ten ideas for connecting campus libraries as partners in the sustainability movement.
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The Foundation f or The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution George A. Smathers Libraries 422 Library West PO Box 1170 24 Gainesville, FL 32611 7024 352 273 25 9 5 352 392 45 38 Fax pers / October 2011 Libraries for Sustainability Networking Event at AASHE 2011 About 20 people (mostly Susta inability Officers) attended "Libraries for Sustainability," a networking event at the AASHE conference on 10/11/2011. The discussion was lively and productive! Below are 10 ideas that emerged for creating or augmenting connections with your campus librar ies around sustainability topics. This list maybe be use d as we work collectively to frame a research agenda for campus sustainability. Ask about Research Guides. Sometimes called "LibGuides," these tools can be easily embedded into online courses or s ent around as links. You can usually request a guide on a specific topic or a course guide for a specific course/assignment. Here is a good example of a Sustainability Guide created by Mark Lenker of Longwood University: Partner with the Library when hosting a film or lecture series or book discussion on sustainability topics. What about other sustainability events h eld at the Library? Earth Day could be a good tie in. Invite librarians to serve on curriculum related committees or councils related to sustainability. Librarians tend to be good systems thinkers, possess a unique pulse on curricular developments and w ork across many campus networks. Consider how librarians can provide an Information Literacy component to sustainability courses. Co teaching a class may also be an option. Request that a librarian meet with a class or group to demonstrate effectiv e information seeking methods. Librarians also provide individual consultations. Ask about Collection Development and how allocations are distributed between departments. Also, consider that a strong collection reflects well on new and existing sustain ability programs. Make recommendations. Use the resources and direct students to them -usage statistics can drive decisions of whether or not to retain an electronic resource!


The Foundation f or The Gator Nation An Equal Opportunity Institution Invite your Library to contribute to a campus sustainability newslette r with, for instance a regular column highlighting a sustainability related library resource or event. If your campus has an Institutional Repository, ask the administrators to create a section on sustainability. Then ask colleagues, colleges, faculty and others to deposit their works, research, presentations and other sustainability materials in the repository. Join the new LinkedIn group Sustainability Librarians for ideas, support, sharing information, etc. and let librarians on your campus know about it ( http:// Librarians 3928605 ) Please get in touch with either of us if you have questions, suggestions, ideas, etc. about the r ole of libraries in the campus sustainability movement. Regards, Madeleine Charney and Bonnie Smith ........................................... Bonnie J. Smith Assistant Program Director for Human Resources University of Florida George A. Smathers Libr aries 422 Library West PO Box 117024 Gainesville, FL 32611 7024 (352) 273 2603 Madeleine Charney Research Services Librarian W.E.B. Du Bois Library 154 Hicks Way University of Massachusett s Amherst, MA 01003 9275 (413) 577 0784