Saturday, February 8, 2014

Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

Focus on Educating for Sustainability (cover image)Editor: Maria A. Jankowska
Price: $32.00
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-61-1

Printed on acid-free paper

In the last ten years, literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

This edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It is designed as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.


Monday, January 7, 2013

University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library: Sustainability Collection Development Policy Report

In May 2012, the Marriott Library received grant funding from the Chevron Corporation to conduct an  audit of the Library’s collection development policies as they relate to sustainability. Out of these monies the Marriott Library Sustainability Working Group (MLSWG) was formed to compile this report, which details the current status of the Marriott Library’s and the University of Utah’s sustainability  resources and programs.

Table of Contents

9. Appendix A: Environmental Psychology Case Study
10. Appendix B: Core Reading List for Sustainability
11. Appendix C: Scholarly Journals with “Sustainability” in
12. Appendix D:  Recommended Purchasing List

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Course > The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

Instructor: Madeleine Charney
Dates: January 7-18, 2013
Credits: 0.75 CEUs

This course focuses on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement which is sweeping across U.S. campuses. A proliferation of sustainability courses, programs and related activities bears witness to a paradigm shift in our society. A trans-disciplinary area of study, sustainability stretches beyond environmental awareness to include issues of economic viability and social justice concerns. This commingling of subject areas offers limitless opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination between librarians and the faculty, students, staff and administrators they support. Emphasis will be on the curriculum with a preliminary exploration of how facilities management and co-curricular activities tie into the teaching and learning of sustainability.

You will be guided through a practical process for becoming actively engaged in this paradigm shift on your campus. Sections will include: “Temperature Check” of Your Institution, Finding Your Allies, Library as Common Space, and Bridge Building Tools. Reading assignments, exercises and participation in a discussion forum will connect you to the community-inspired energy that drives the sustainability movement. The course will culminate in an action plan that matches the needs of your library and institution and suits your comfort level for professional involvement. The instructor will offer individual feedback as you reflect on your own values and the influence you, the library profession, and your institution offer to the shaping of our future leaders.

Participants are expected to spend 7.5 hours on the two-week course.

Madeleine Charney is the Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2011 she presented at the national conference for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, “Getting Closer: The Librarian, the Curriculum and the Office of Sustainability.” This past year she co-facilitated a 4-part webinar series “Libraries for Sustainability.” She continues to work on her “elevator speech” to inspire others about sustainability as a transformative movement and an opportunity to rethink and rework how we interact on this planet.

Interview with Madeleine Charney


Cost = $90 

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Towards the Global Library – Applying the Agenda 21 to Library Marketing

Joachim Schöpfel & Gerry McKiernan    


The Agenda 21 is the United Nations’ action plan for the 21st century in favour of sustainable development. Launched at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, its 40 chapters include social, economic and ecological actions for implementation by local authorities, governments, but also by corporate companies and services.

Twenty years after the Earth Summit, it is time to apply the Agenda 21 to library marketing and management and to move on to the global or sustainable library. Based on the marketing concepts of global performance and corporate social responsibility, we describe five main dimensions, e.g. social, societal, ecological, commercial and economic performance, and encourage a conceptual framework for the evaluation, management and development of libraries and information services.

Beyond marketing, our manifesto is also designed to provide a new outline and clear structure for LIS education, research and publication.
  • Think global, act local (G/J)
    • Introduction to Agenda 21
    • A new approach to library marketing
  • Global performance (J)
    • The multi-level concept of global performance
    • Performance, evaluation and audit
  • Social responsibility (G)
    • Social and societal performance
    • Working conditions
    • Human resources
    • Library and community
    • The library as part of local and cultural policy
  • Green library 
    • Ecological performance
  • Return on investment (J)
    • Economic (financial) performance
    • Indicators and dashboards
    • Reporting
  • Service quality and user satisfaction (J)
    • Commercial performance
    • User-centred marketing and innovation
    • User studies
  • Towards a global library (J/G)
    • Concluding remarks on sustainable development, library performance and marketing
    • Global in a double sens: converging cultural concepts and holistic approach
  • Bibliography
Joachim Schöpfel is head of the LIS department at the University of Lille 3, director of the French digitization centre for PhD theses and member of the GERiiCO research laboratory. He was manager of the INIST (CNRS) scientific library from 1999 to 2008. He is teaching library marketing, auditing, intellectual property and information science. His research interests are scientific information and communication, especially open access and grey literature.

Charles de Gaulle University Lille 3                      
UFR IDIST - GERiiCO laboratory
BP 60149
59653 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex
Tel ++33 (0)320 41 69 38

Gerry McKiernan currently serves as a Science and Technology Librarian with the library of Iowa State University (ISU), where he has primary responsibilities for Collection Development, Instruction, and Reference and Research Services in Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering;  Environment Sciences; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering;  and Alternative Energy with the Library of Iowa State University (ISU), where he has been employed since April 1987. Prior to joining ISU, he served as the Museum Librarian at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, and as an Assistant Librarian with the Library of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York.

Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011

NOTE: The resulting chapter will be published in a planned volume Marketing Library and Information Services: A Global Outlook to be published for IFLA by De Gruyter Saur in the last quarter of 2012. [].