Sustainability, Information Literacy, and Libraries
Instructor: Sharon Radcliff
Dates: April 6th through May 3rd, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
In this course, participants will learn about the history of sustainability as a discipline and set of practices, and explore it through readings, visual material, exercises, and online discussion. Students will create a final project plan for a program, policy, or lesson, incorporating various principles of sustainability, in order to benefit students, library patrons, the organization, and/or the community.
Sustainability, especially in the context of the 3 E's "Environment, Economy, and Social Equity," is an important trans-disciplinary topic at both the K-12 and college levels, and incorporates practices and goals adaptable to organizations of all sizes. This course develops students' understanding of sustainability as a set of practices, and its history as an academic discipline. Students begin with an overview of sustainability, reading a series of texts and exploring web resources from national, international, and local organizations central to its development and inception. Students learn about how various library organizations have adapted practices, created programming and developed information-literacy learning modules that could fit into a variety of subject area courses with sustainability learning outcomes in each of the 3 "E" areas. By the second week of the course students will begin to focus on areas of interest appropriate to their organizations and goals (academic, public, special, etc.) and begin drafting a project with outcomes while continuing to participate in reading-based discussions. By the third week students will do peer reviews on their project plans, and then by the fourth week present these for discussion to the full class.
By the end of the course students will:
- Be able to articulate how sustainability is inter-connected to the development of information literacy and life-long learning skills.
- Be able to incorporate elements from sustainability as practice and/or academic discipline into designs of information literacy –based lessons and/or library programs and/or practices.
- Be able to provide students and/or colleagues with sustainability related resources and framework to critically analyze sustainability practices within their organization, while incorporating the social/political/cultural/economic perspectives.
- Be able to design instruction, programming, and/or practices from an evidence-based perspective that incorporates the E’s of sustainability, environment, social equity, and economics.
Sharon Radcliff has been a librarian working in public, academic and special libraries, including the Environmental Protection Agency, for over 25 years. She is currently the Business Librarian at California State University, East Bay where she serves on the Sustainability Committee. She recently attended the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop at CSU Channel Islands, sponsored by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). At CSU East Bay She has helped develop Institutional Learning Outcomes in both sustainability and information literacy and also helped draft course descriptions for the new sustainability minor.
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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