Saturday, April 14, 2012

Library as Partner in Creating Curriculum for Sustainability Survey

The concept of sustainability emerges from "sustainable development" defined in the 1987 Brundtland Report as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” addressing the balance between social equity, economic vitality, and environmental integrity. 

This survey is specifically interested in exploring the level of engagement of academic libraries and library and information studies (LIS) schools in the emerging focus of teaching sustainability across the curriculum. The purpose of the study is to provide a snapshot of library services and practices in support of institutional curricular and research needs including open access, retaining author rights, building sustainability-related collections and research guides, incorporating sustainability content into instruction and teaching, collaborating on sustainability projects, as well as reporting and seeking funding for sustainability efforts.

University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

The expected benefits associated with your involvement include creating a better understanding of the role of libraries in educating for sustainability and may also reveal some opportunities for further research. We are committed to analyzing the results and sharing key findings of this survey.  

We anticipate the survey will take 10-20 minutes to complete; individual responses will be anonymous. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this survey. The confidentiality of your responses will be protected, although responses will not be anonymous to the research team if respondents choose to provide their email address. We are aiming for a large number of responses; please share this survey with colleagues in academic libraries and LIS schools. All responses are welcome and valuable. 

Thank you very much in advance for your participation.  Those who complete the survey may be entered in a random drawing at the close of the survey for the following prizes: One of ten Better World Books gift certificates valued at $20 each and one of ten Starbucks gift certificates valued at $10 each. If you wish to participate in the drawing, please provide your email address at the end of the survey. The survey closes on May 2, 2012.

If you have questions, please contact the investigators:
Bonnie J. Smith -

Maria A. Jankowska -

Marianne A. Buehler -

Source and Survey Available At 

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