Update from the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

If you attended the recent ALA Annual in Orlando, read Library Journal or NYLA’s News You Can Use blasts, NYLA Sustainability Initiative Logoyou’re hopefully already aware of the Sustainability Initiative (SI). We introduced ourselves in the February 2016 eBulletin and then talked a bit about a collaborative project with the University at Albany’s MBA program in the June 2016 eBulletin.  Our weekly Sustainability Spotlights in News You Can Use highlight libraries that are living the dream, making choices that positively impact their communities somewhere on the triple bottom line spectrum of environmentally sound, economically feasible and socially equitable. Check out our Spotlight archive here. Now we’re ready to issue an invitation to learn more about the SI in person!

The SI is holding an all-day continuing education session at the NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, November 2nd. Entitled Libraries: A Powerful Platform for Change, and sponsored by the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS), this program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of what we mean when we say sustainable thinking. We’ll share success stories and inspire you and your library to embark on a path of sustainability that will boost your library and your community. Our goal: ensure that New York’s communities thrive, bounce back from disruption, and are infused with a new and better life for everyone. Libraries can lead the way! Session presenters are:
•    Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Mid-Hudson Library System
•    Matthew Bollerman, Hauppauge Public Library
•    Jill Davis, Hendrick Hudson Free Library
•    Erica Freundenberger, Red Hook Public Library
•    Rebecca Miller, Library Journal and School Library Journal
•    Richard Naylor, William K. Sanford Public Library (retired)

Finally, is your library already involved in projects that fit right in our sustainability sweet spot? If so, please tell us about it here! We’d love to feature your great work in a future Sustainability Spotlight in News You Can Use.