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NYLA Sustainability Roadmap App

Submitted by Jennifer Ferriss

The NYLA Sustainability Roadmap made its print and iOS app debut at the 2016 NYLA Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs. Designed by members of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative Committee and created by Capira Technologies, LLC the user friendly app guides users through the process of thinking about practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable.

“Working with Capira was an excellent experience. For all of us, this was our first foray into app development. Michael Berse was very patient with us in explaining the process and what was required. He was also very flexibile and receptive to our feedback.” Stephen Maher, Assistant Director of Content Management and Scholarly Communications, NYU Health Sciences.

Library Directors, trustees and staff at all levels, can use the Roadmap app to assist in establishing policies and practices, developing partnerships, and identifying resources that will be both relevant and financially stable into the future. To keep track of thoughts and ideas, there is a checklist and a notes feature that can be shared using email, messaging and other applications on your phone, so that everyone can be on the same page.

To get started, install the App and follow the map, working step-by-step toward the dual goals of a sustainable library and a sustainable community. There are many possible routes, and the roadmap will guide you. Feel free to explore, considering which path bests suits your library and community. Follow the links in depth, read the stories of sustainability accomplishments of other libraries. Examine your policies and those of others and then draft or update what you have in place. Incorporate sustainability into your budget and strategic planning, and set a long-term goal that your library will become a model of sustainability worthy of emulation and recognition in your community.

Take a few minutes a day, while waiting for a bus or for your coffee to brew, to consider new questions and to take one more step to take towards making your library sustainable.

You can download the NYLA Sustainability Road Map App for iOs devices! (Android App coming soon!) 

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Print copies of the Roadmap booklet are available to order for $3 each. Contact to get your copy.

The Roadmap is available as a PDF for free when you sign up for the Sustainability Initiative mailing list. Click here to sign up for the mailing list and request a PDF of the Roadmap.



The Sustainability Spotlight is a weekly series that highlights community-driven, environmentally sound, and economically responsible programs and projects in libraries and other organizations. You can find more projects in the Sustainability Spotlight Archive or visit NYLA's Sustainability Initiative to learn more about how you can get started with sustainability in your library.