Curious about the Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)? Join us for our midwinter business/membership meeting on January 25th, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST to find out what we’ve been working on! Open to all current and prospective members from any library type or LIS school. Please note: SustainRT offers free memberships to student ALA members.
Look for the SustainRT poster on Sustainabilty and Diversity at the Diversity and Outreach Fair, Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm on the Exhibits Floor in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
The Rising Tide: How Libraries Sustain a Planet in Crisis
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SUSTAINRT: Sustainability Round Table Business and Membership
Throughout the ALA conference there are many programs that address sustainability topics like green buildings, civic engagement, social justice, resilient communities and climate change. Please add a comment if you’d like to call attention to other ALA programs that would be of interest to SustainRT members.
No need to register. All are welcome, not just students.
We will begin with a brief history of SustainRT, some exciting initiatives, and ideas for getting involved.
Then we’ll open the floor for questions about sustainability in librarianship and how we can infuse our careers with sustainability values and contributions.
Remember, student membership for SustainRT is free when you become a member of ALA! SustainRT is almost 800 members strong (and growing) and dedicated to fostering regenerative communities and moving toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society.
Students can also offer ideas and feedback through this form.
We look forward to connecting with LIS students so you to make a difference in ALA and the profession. If you would like more information, please contact any of us from the SustainRT Membership Committee.
CHICAGO — In 2016-2017, the ALA Executive Board appointed a Special Task Force on Sustainability, charged with developing a white paper and recommendations for the ALA Executive Board, with the intent of increasing the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices by the Association, the profession, libraries and the communities they serve.
In its Midwinter 2018 report to the ALA Executive Board, the Task Force co-chairs noted they have focused on two questions to create a vision for the future and to translate that vision into action:
What does it look like if libraries are successful in helping create sustainable, resilient, regenerative communities?
What needs to happen, that is not already happening, to support the Association, profession and libraries realize this vision?
The Task Force on Sustainability now seeks broad input from the ALA community. To that end, the Task Force will be holding a series of online forums targeting certain populations and capped with a general forum for those who have not had an opportunity to contribute.
The four sessions are all at the following times: 11 a.m. – Noon Pacific/noon – 1 p.m. Mountain/1 – 2 p.m. Central/2 – 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Each forum will be facilitated by a member of the Task Force. Attendance at each forum will be capped at 100. The facilitator will have a set of guiding questions, but discussion is otherwise open. The conversation will be recorded. These forums will provide critical guidance for the Task Force report to the ALA Executive Board at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Did you miss the webinar on March 1st, You Don’t Have to “Go Big” to Make a Difference: How Our Purchasing Choices and Daily Habits Can Build a More Sustainable Society?
Our presenter for this webinar, 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. In this recording of the March 1, 2018 SustainRT webinar, she shares 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”.