I, along with 20 other librarians from across the state of New York have been selected to participate in a library sustainability think tank. Congrats to fellow Mid Hudson Library System co-horts Erica from Red Hook and Casey from Pawling. Yeah! I am immersing myself in the numberous preparatory readings prior to a retreat in September 2015.
In 2014, the NYLA Council passed their Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries – recognizing the need to promote the important role libraries can play in larger community conversations about resiliency, climate change and a sustainable future for the communities that we serve. But what does this actually look like? What does it look like when libraries make “sustainable decisions”? What activities will promote “sustainable thinking” in libraries?
[recorded presentation by SIR Conveners Rebekkah Smith Aldrich & Matthew Bollerman]
Some of our preparatory readings and viewing ( I soooo love a good TED Talk video) include……
- “On the Importance of Sustainable Libraries,” Matthew Bollerman & Rebekkah Smith Aldrich [NYLA eBulletin, April 2014]
- The Sustainability Issue: Library project results and implementation report [JLAMS]
- “Let ‘Green” Creep,” by Louise Schaper [Library Journal, 5.29.10]
- Partners for the Future: Public Libraries & Local Government Creating Sustainable Futures [Urban Libraries Council, 2010]
- The Library as a Refuge Issue [JLAMS]
- Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, A report of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries by Amy K. Garmer
- Sustainable Libraries [Facebook Page]
- Deeper Cuts
- “Triple Bottom Line” [The Economist, 11.17.09]
- The Resilient Design Principles [Resilient Design Institute]
- The Regenerative Development Manifesto [Regenesis Group]
- “A Step-By-Step Guide to ‘Turning Outward’ to Your Community” [Libraries Transform, American Library Association]
- Libraries and Civic Engagement by Nancy Kranich [Library and Book Trade Almanac, 2012]
- Recommending Viewing
See you in Ren Falls, NY in September 2015. Looking forward to dynamic discussion.