The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement
Dates: May 4-29, 2015
Credits: 1.5 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 comingling 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.
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
Jamie Conklin is the Science and Health Sciences Librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She attended a "Sustainability in the Curriculum" seminar on campus and now infuses the areas of environment, equity, and economy into her work. She created a Sustainability Guide, built a sustainability collection with Illinois State Library grant funds, and collaborated with faculty and students to propose a campus sustainability office. Jamie is a member of the American Library Association Sustainability Round Table.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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