About SustainRT

About Sustain RT

The new ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) morphed out of SRRT’s Task Force on the Environment (TFOE) during a series of webinars in 2012. New leaders emerged from our virtual “grass roots” to form a steering committee. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition to create SustainRT. At Midwinter 2013, SRRT leadership gave us their blessing as such, and approval of the Round Table at ALA Council was swift. SustainRT invites librarians, library workers and friends from all sectors, and employs a broad, holistic definition of sustainability. One founding member wrote in her institutional newsletter, “SustainRT will give us a place within ALA to share best practices, research and help galvanize our efforts.”

SustainRT had a well attended first physical meeting at ALA Chicago on July 1, 2013. We are grateful for the mentorship shown by Fred Stoss and Terry Link who are bridging the gap during this metamorphosis from TFOE, and for guidance from Michelle Harrell Washington of ALA. We’ll be electing SustainRT officers in March 2014 and are excited to literally take the sustainability agenda to the next level within ALA. Program planning for ALA 2014 has led to a partnership with LPSS for a panel on water quality.

SustainRT's Mission is to Provide:

  • A professional forum for ALA members to exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society.
  • Resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy; communication; library buildings and space design.

Specific goals and priorities are still being set and we’d like to harness the energy of all interested parties.

SustainRT's Officers

Past Coordinator
Ashley Jones
Miami University

Madeleine Charney
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Coordinator  Elect
Rene Tanner
Arizona State University

Betsy Evans
Austin Public Library

Matthew Bollerman
Hauppauge Public Library

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Mid-Hudson Library System

Eileen Harrington
University of Maryland

Carrie Moran
University of Central Florida