(SustainRT committee members, please use our outreach request form to request event promotion)
ALA Annual 2019
- Preconference (free) - June 22, 2019 (1pm-5pm) Climate Change Conversations in Libraries: Stabilizing Ourselves and Our Communities event link
- Chair's Program - June 23, 2019 (8:30am-10am) Carbon Offsets for Sustainable Travel: Why, Where, How event link
- Member meeting and discussion group information coming mid/late April
Virtual Membership Meetings
all are welcome/not just current members
- Jun 2018 recording, slides
- Feb 2018 recording
- June 2017 recording, slides
- June 2016 recording
- December 2015 recording
- June 2015 recording
ALA Midwinter 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 3-4pm, Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 211
SustainRT Midwinter Social Event
Time: 7-9pm, Location: Left Bank Books
Sunday, January 27, 2019
SUSTAINRT: Introducing U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in U.S. Libraries
Time: 2:30-3:30pm, Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 205
ALA Annual 2018
- Business Meeting: Sunday 6/24 10:30-11:30am
- Chairs Session: Rising Tide: Sunday 6/24 8:30-10am
- Orientation / Lightning Rounds: Sunday 6/24 2:30-3:30pm
SustainRT ALA Midwinter 2018 Conference Schedule
Sunday, 2/11 @1-2:30pm - Discussion: Crisis and Community (notes highlighted are key ideas that rose to the top)
ALA Annual 2017
- Bill McKibben Imagining a World that Works - In Time to Prevent a World that Doesn't: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1-2:30 pm McCormick Place, S102. Co-sponsored by Social Responsibilities Round Table, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, American Indian Library Association,
- 2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair at Annual Conference. Saturday, June 24th from 3-5pm in the Special Events area of the Exhibits Hall.
- SustainRT and SRRT Social Event: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 5-7 pm at McCormick Place, W194b
- Taking the LEED: Sustainable Building Projects @ Your Library: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:30-10 am at McCormick Place, W185bc
- Next Gen Library Planning: Strategic Library Planning for Sustainability & Resilience in Community: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am at McCormick Place, W185bc
- SustainRT General Membership Meeting: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 3-4 pm at McCormick Place, W474b
ALA Midwinter 2017
- SustainRT Meeting - Saturday 1/21/17, 1:00-2:30pm
- Presentation: The Future of Libraires with Mary Beth Lock and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich 1/22/17, 10:30-11:30am
ALA Annual Conference (Orlando) 2016
Meet ups: “Sustainable Thinking,” presentation by Matthew Bollerman and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich; annual business meeting, “SustainRT: Libraries Fostering Resilient Communities," SustainRT and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table members during a joint social; “Planting the Seeds: Libraries and Librarians as Change Agents for Sustainability within Their Communities” lightning rounds; “The National Library of Aruba: Promoting, Enhancing and Embracing Green Education” More here: http://www.alaannual.org/ and read articles in American Libraries about some of these sessions and a summary of #sustainRT tweets
ALA Midwinter 2016 Meet-Ups:
SustainRT’s midwinter meetings were brimming with good ideas and fruitful connections. Our board meeting was well attended with many new faces at the table (See Connect for meeting minutes). At our social event with ProjectARCC we shared our stories of what motivates us to be engaged with sustainability in our professions. FYI: SustainRT is now under the umbrella of ALA’s Office of Diversity, Literacy and Outreach which supports the inclusion of diverse perspectives within our profession and association.
Past Webinars, Tweet-ups & Events
Webinar: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Working Toward Sustainability: Libraries at Advocacy Organizations
Joy McNally, Research Support Coordinator at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will share about the work of the Union of Concerned Scientists and how the 4-year old Research Support department supports the organization's mission of advocating for policies that promote a healthy environment and a safer world. Joy was hired to lead a new program supporting the research staff at UCS in 2014. She is the past-president of the New England chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Prior to arriving at UCS, Joy spent almost 10 years working at a corporate R&D library with a focus on loss prevention engineering.
Virtual Conversation: Friday, March 22, 2019 SustainRT Virtual Conversation with LIS Students
Learning to stay present as our climate continues to change is a key precursor to being able to take effective action. Dani Scott, Technology Librarian and LIS student at Simmons University, hosted a short mindfulness practice followed by a discussion on mindfulness and librarianship, sustainability, and presence.
SustainRT Online Education Committee presents an overview of Bob Doppelt's work from his book Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Wellbeing. Participants also share resources and brainstorm ideas for library programs around climate change/resilience, including a bit about Massachusetts libraries involvement in Climate Preparedness Week.
Explore how librarians at the Portsmouth Public Library (NH) have successfully collaborated with community partners to plan and implement educational programs called “Handprint Parties” that encourage positive action around a wide range of sustainability topics.
What is the concept of a “Handprint”?
The handprint of an action or a product or a service is the sum total of positive impacts we create in the process that support the health of our planetary systems. This contrasts with a “footprint”, such as a carbon footprint, which is the sum total of negative impacts caused by a process necessary to produce a product or service. You can read more about these two concepts in the following article in which Dr. Greg Norris of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment discusses the issues in more detail, https://www.greenbiz.com/article/introducing-handprinting-good-you-do-mi....
This webinar will be an experiential, action oriented presentation in which attendees are asked to interact with the presenters so come with a pad of paper and writing device. In exchange, all attendees will be offered free consultations on how to host a Handprint Party at their own institution on a passionate topic of their choosing.
Bert Cohen is retired Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Hampshire where he team taught classes in Sustainable Living and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living. He currently chairs the mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainability for the City of Portsmouth. Bert is a founder member of the Sustainable Alliance, an organization that is building a community of citizens who understand and use The Natural Step principles to create a sustainable future. During his sixty plus years of teaching he has been on a path of exploring how to form learning communities that support the well-being of the individual, enhance the civility within society, and respect the integrity of our environment.
Steven Butzel, Director of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH. Steering Committee member of the Sustainability Alliance.
A brief history of SustainRT, some exciting initiatives, and ideas for getting involved, then a discussion about sustainability in librarianship and how to infuse our careers with sustainability values and contributions.
Article about the history of SustainRT: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15487733.2015.11908147
Join a SustainRT commitee! http://www.ala.org/rt/sustainrt/sustainrt-committees
Form to submit to the SustainRT Sustainability Database: http://goo.gl/forms/JMP8ua7GT6
SustainRT student survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfq5Szqs2VMtNqJk5qzGSD2IpQ06k_e_RXzvYHvDj7LULt0gw/viewform
Sharon Rowe, CEO and Founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc., is recognized as a thought leader in social innovation and sustainable, responsible clean supply chain production. She will share her experiences in building a profitable, mission & value aligned business while maintaining a healthy work/life balance – topics covered in her new book “The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living”. Join us to explore how we can all learn from and support these kinds of businesses and organizations.
Dr. Ellen Moyer, author of the book Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World, shared reasons for hope that we can solve dire environmental problems such as climate change facing our world and concrete actions we can take to help ourselves and our world at the same time, including the one most important action for getting started.
Webinar: Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:15-12:45pm (EDT): Transformational Resilience: How Building Human Resilience to Climate Disruption Can Safeguard Society and Increase Well-being with Bob Doppelt.
Webinar: Thursday December 1, 2016, 12:15-12:45pm (EST): David Selden, National Indian Law Library, spoke about the founding of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability under the American Association of Law Libraries. Their activities include a Conference Travel Offset Project and a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries.
Speakers included Jodi Shaw, children's librarian, Brooklyn Public Library; Madeleine Charney, sustainability studies librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Mary Beth Lock, director of Access Services, Wake Forest University; and Ray Pun, first year student success librarian, California State University, Fresno -
Presentation by Rachael Shea, Head of Public Services at Clark University. The webinar will explore the importance of relationship and the many ways libraries can contribute to creating sustainable communities. Rachael will describe how the "interconnectedness of things" and the interplay of exchange - give and take - is what underlies true sustainability.
Local community organizations and publishers can be valuable partners for libraries in creating sustainability-oriented programming. Join us on February 4 for this free SustainRT webinar to learn as Sally Thomas and Michael Weaver describe Book-to-Action programs which extend the idea of a book discussion by not only scheduling an author/speaker, but also partnering with a public service organization for a volunteer day or other community service opportunity.
Webinar & Virtual Meeting: Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:15pm (EST): IT Energy Savings for Libraries: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs with special guest, Mike Walker from EPA's Energy Star program
Tweet-up with Project ARCC - Monday, October 19, 2015, 1:00 pm (EST), - View the Storify of the event!
ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change) and ALA’s SustainRT (Sustainability Roundtable) co-hosted a tweet-up to discuss how we as archivists and librarians can reduce our professional carbon footprint and implement sustainable practices in our institutions #SustainLIS and by following @projectARCC and @sustainRT on Twitter: View the #sustainlis Tweets
Webinar: Thursday October 15th, 2015, 12:15-12:45 pm (EST) - Sustainable Communities and ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries with Miguel A. Figueroa