Sustainability Initiative (SI) Update

Submitted by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, NYLA-SI Co-Chair


Sustainability Named a Major National Trend in The State of America’s Libraries 2018 Report


SI Webinar Series Launches This June!

Our brand new webinar series kicks off with Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency at Your Library on Wednesday, June 20 from 11:00am-12:00pm

Registration is now full, this webinar will be recorded and archived for those of you who didn’t get a chance to register. Sign-up for the SI newsletter to be notified when the recording is ready!

This webinar will provide you with guidance on how to prepare your library to respond to the next disaster or crisis and to support community resiliency.

Recent catastrophes have highlighted the important role public libraries play in enhancing their community’s resiliency and post-disaster recovery efforts. Many community leaders now view libraries as ad hoc disaster recovery centers and recognize librarians as Information First Responders. This presentation will help you and your library embrace this new role as Information First Responders, who quickly enable people to get back to work, back to their lives, and ensure recovery of the community’s economic life. Learn what you need to prepare before disaster strikes, guided by New Jersey State Library’s Disaster Preparedness & Community Resiliency Toolkit, which has been emergency-tested by libraries. Your library can be at the forefront in providing that safe haven in times of crisis and helping your community return to normal life.

Presented by: Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning, New Jersey State Library

Save the Dates for the next two webinars in the 2018 SI Webinar Series:
September 5: Green Procurement: NYS Office of General Services with Todd Gardner, Office of General Service Green Procurement Team
October 10: Libraries Contribute to Economic Development with Barbara Madonna, Director, Gloversville Public Library

NYLA-SI Community Change Agents Retreat at the Carey Institute for Global Good

On May 15 & 16 the Community Change Agents (CCA) teams met up at the Carey Institute for Global Good to further advance their community projects. These teams, made up of a library leader and a community leader, have been working together since November 2017 to affect positive change in their community.

In the world of the NYLA-SI, Community Change Agents “take an active role in transforming themselves, their colleagues, their institutions, and the world, to create a positive, productive, just and sustainable future.

Teams from Cambridge, Port Jefferson Station, Rochester and South Huntington, New York are tackling big issues like the digital divide, empathy for people with mental illness and addiction, financial literacy and outreach to new Americans for whom English is not their first language.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this event, and all of the CCA team events, possible!

To read all about our team from Cambridge, NY be sure to check out the June enewsletter from the Sustainability Initiative! Not subscribed? Well what are you waiting for? Click here to get on the list!

Sustainable Library Certification Program Featured in Library Journal

In October of 2017 the New York Library Association made history with the launch of the world’s first certification program for Sustainable Libraries. Library Journal, the leading professional journal in the profession, recently featured the program in their annual design issue.

The article features an overview of the program and a spotlight on the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, an early adopter of thinking sustainably. Jill Davis, HHFL director is a member of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative.

“The goal here is to change the way people are thinking about the choices they make in the future,” said NYLA-SI Co-Chair Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, “and that’s an ongoing thing we want to try to instill in the library community.”

Read the full article here.



Save the Date: Drawdown Learn

Have you read the New York Times Best Seller Drawdown - The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming?

Members of the Sustainability Initiative are busily reading this book and finding it a hopeful, practical read! We’re gearing up for the Drawdown Learn event at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (October 19-21, 2018) where educators from around the world will be coming together in a collaborative effort to develop tools, training, and curriculum integration to unpack the learning opportunities of Drawdown and its data.

Educators, curriculum developers, parents, students, librarians, community groups, researchers, local officials, and other interested parties are being invited to learn together and chart a path forward.

Time will be provided for breakout groups to discuss key linkages to the new science standards (K-12) and explore how Drawdown can be more fully integrated into K-16 education, youth leadership, community-based projects, and municipal and civic engagement. There will also be opportunities for cross pollination between the groups.

NYLA is an organizational partner for this event so subscribe to the SI enewsletter and join the SI Facebook Group to get first dibs on a discount code for the event and information about livestreaming the event at your library!

NYLA SI Facebook Group - You’re Invited!