The Sustainable Library: A Three-Part Webcast Series

Thursday, 2/6/2020
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)
Wednesday, 2/12/2020
  • 3:30 PM-4:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:30 PM-3:30 PM (Central)
  • 1:30 PM-2:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM (Pacific)
Thursday, 2/20/2020
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Sustainability is a big topic. How and where do we start to talk about sustainability in academic libraries?  During this three-part webcast series, learn about best practices, case studies, and approaches to support sustainability efforts in the library and collaboratively across campus.

Webcast 1: Applying Sustainable Thinking and Development in Academic Libraries

Thursday, February 6, 2020
In this first session, attendees will be introduced to sustainability thinking and development in academic libraries, and speakers will highlight case studies in applying sustainability concepts in their academic library work.

Webcast 2: Teaching, Learning and Research Services in Sustainability

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
In this second session, attendees will learn how academic librarians integrate sustainability concepts and themes ranging from environmental justice to urban studies into their information literacy or research services programs.

Webcast 3: Community Engagement, Outreach and Partnerships for Sustainability

Thursday, February 20, 2020
In this third session, participants will understand how academic librarians develop new partnerships or programs to highlight sustainability in their academic libraries and campuses.

Learning Outcomes

Webcast One

  • Reflect on how sustainability thinking and development can be applied into academic library work
  • Define and apply key themes in sustainability into academic library services

Webcast Two

  • Discuss the role of sustainability in library instruction or research services
  • Learn how to incorporate sustainability concepts into information literacy programs

Webcast Three

  • Understand the value of campus partnerships to support sustainability goals
  • Provide opportunity for discussion on communities of practice and campus partnerships
  • Develop new ideas on sustainability for public programming

Who Should Attend

Librarians, students or educators involved or interested in sustainability for their communities at large, particularly  librarians who are involved in teaching, outreach and research services


Casey Conlin works as the Library Sustainability Coordinator for the Mid-Hudson Library System in upstate New York, where he supports 66 member libraries in building their capacity to meet the needs of their communities. He is coordinator-elect for SustainRT, and enjoys libraries, bikes, and Repair Cafes.

Holly Dean serves as the Student Success Librarian for Experiential Learning, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Programs Department. Her work centers on developing, organizing, and leading information literacy sessions for undergraduate students; and developing experiential learning pedagogy and programs. Since starting at UT in fall 2017, her research has focused on seed libraries in higher education and their application for student engagement, community building, food insecurity alleviation and awareness, and social and environmental sustainability. This work has involved collaboration with departments across the university, and with partner institutions to establish a seed library initiative that serves the community and opens doors for exploration and deeper learning.

Mandi Goodsett is the Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian at Cleveland State University in Ohio. She has served as the convener of her library's Sustainability Interest Group since its formation in 2017. Her professional interests include the experiences of new library professionals, critical thinking and information literacy, sustainability in libraries, and open education.

Uta Hussong-Christian is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University Libraries & Press and Librarian for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She is also
the current Coordinator of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT). In her free time, Uta tries to keep up with the harvesting demands of her backyard garden and panics her husband whenever she heads into the yard with pruners in hand.

Rachel Myers is an Information Specialist at the UC San Diego Library. She has been a member of the Library Sustainability Committee (LSC) since 2014. Serving on LSC has offered an opportunity to bring her passion for sustainability to work by collaborating on programming, events, and campus and community outreach.

Raymond Pun is the Instruction/Research Librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education. Ray has presented widely at conferences such as ALA, SLA, IFLA WLIC, and the American Historical Association. He is also an ALA member of the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) and is the co-editor of The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook with Gary L. Shaffer.

Andy Rutkowski is the Visualization Librarian at the University of Southern California Libraries. Previously he worked at the University of California Los Angeles holding a joint appointment in the Digital Library Program and in Collections, Research, and Instructional Services at Charles E. Young Research Library. He was the inaugural Interdisciplinary GIS Library Fellow at the University of Southern California. Before moving to the west coast he worked at New York University Libraries as the Reference Associate for Government Documents and Business. He is interested in how GIS applications and methods can be applied to traditional library collections and archives in order to improve discoverability of collections as well as provide richer context and meaning to materials. He is also interested in the role that GIS and mapping can help play in community building and providing spaces for discussion, dialogue, and engagement around a variety of topics and issues.

Gary L. Shaffer, PhD, is the Director of Library Arts and Culture for the City of Glendale, California. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the Library and Information Management program at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is the former head of that program, as well as a former assistant dean of USC Libraries, where he directed the Center for Library Leadership and Management. A 2006 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, he is the author of Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach.

Stacy R. Williams is the Head of the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library at the University of Southern California. She is the liaison for Architecture, Art History, Fine Arts and Sports Studies. She received her BA in Social Sciences from New York University and her MLS from Queens College, City University of New York. She is currently a student in the Master of Heritage Conservation program at USCs School of Architecture. Her research interests include media/digital/visual literacy, digital scholarship in information literacy, and the process of creating, documenting and preserving murals. When she is not in the library talking to students, she is spending time with and learning from her daughter, Stacy Jr.

Amy Work is the GIS Librarian at UC San Diego. She supports students, faculty, researchers and staff with their geospatial needs. She instructs workshops and helps curate geospatial data within the Library and across campus.



Full series

Register for the full series and save money! Discounted rates are available with a full series registration. In addition, individuals and groups who register for the full three-part series receive a complimentary electronic copy of The Sustainable Library's Cookbook.

Registration fee for full series
ACRL member: $120
ALA member: $185
Nonmember: $215
Student: $90
Group*: $595

Individual webcast

Registration for individual webcast(s) is also available.

Registration fee for individual webcast
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

Register for the full series

  • Locate the webcast series under the February 2020 header
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast series title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Register for an individual webcast(s)

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the February 2020 heading.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


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