Call for SustainRT Candidates, 2018

Hi SustainRT members,

Are you passionate about sustainability in libraries? Would you like a leadership opportunity on the board of SustainRT? We are a fun group of engaged individuals. Speaking from personal experience, I have served as chair-elect, chair, and now outgoing chair. It has been an opportunity to learn, grow and work with colleagues from all over the country. We are looking for nominees for the following positions:

  • Chair-elect (3 year – chair elect, chair, outgoing chair)
  • Secretary (2 year)
  • Treasurer (2 year)
  • Member-at-Large (2 year)

Nominate yourself by following this link and filling out your candidate information. The deadline is January 18, 2018.

If you are interested in any one of these positions and want to know more, please contact Rene Tanner, email: rene.tanner [at symbol]

--Rene Tanner (Member SustainRT Governance Committee and Outgoing Chair)

Here's are some comments from current board members about what to expect:

Participating on the SustainRT board as a Member at Large gives you a great deal of latitude to decide on the particular way you'd like to provide support to the organization. In my own experience, I have focused most of my attention to developing programming for mid-winter and annual conferences. I, along with some very stellar volunteers who serve on the programming Committee, develop ideas for conference presentations, identify and work with presenters, and submit conference proposals. I've taken part in monthly Board Meeting calls and weighed in on issues related to the Board governance. The time involved in all of this is approximately 1-3 hours per month. Please consider helping us do this important work!

-Mary Beth Lock (Member-at-Large, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)

As the Chair-Elect, I joined the SustainRT board in July 2017. This gives me a chance to observe and take part in discussions as I prepare for my own term as Chair. There is one online board meeting a month with follow-up, and I'm also the board liaison for the Outreach Committee so I won't lie-- this position takes some time and effort. We are working on programs for ALA Midwinter and Annual conferences, trying to keep social media active and interesting, organizing webinars, and doing our best to promote sustainability as a core value of librarianship. it feels like valuable work and it's exciting to help make a difference at a national level. Being on the board has also given me new credibility to work on sustainability issues at my home institution.

--Amy Brunvand (Chair-Elect, June 30, 2017, to July 1, 2018)