Monday, October 12, 2020

Final Call - Wednesday's "Sustainability in Libraries" Mini-Conference and Schedule #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

We're excited to be holding our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Sustainability in Libraries," online (and for free) this Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This mini-conference will center on the concept of "Sustainable Thinking" which aligns the core values of libraries with the "Triple Bottom Line" definition of sustainability--i.e. the intersection of environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic feasibility--to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

Library leaders must mobilize to ensure libraries take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities, particularly in light of the events of 2020. Our future depends on citizens who are able to work together with empathy, respect, and understanding to adapt to the many challenges and opportunities facing society today. As we struggle with the concurrent challenges of COVID-19, the resulting financial crisis, the political landscape and the increasing effects of climate change, we also find opportunities in these moments such as the rise of the Black Lives Matter/Solidarity Movement in the face of the “I Can’t Breathe” protests and an increasing call for locally driven solutions to problems impacting us on a global scale.

Through this mini-conference we will explore the importance of infusing the new core value of sustainability into everything we do and demonstrate how libraries - of all types - that lead into the future using “sustainable thinking” to fulfill our mission as libraries in new and innovative ways.

Conference sessions will include topics related to:

  • Libraries as Inspiration & Catalyst - topics and examples related to how libraries may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainable practices through facility stewardship, innovative service design, and outreach and partnership practices.
  • Libraries as Conveners & Connectors - topics and examples related to how libraries work collaboratively through visionary partnerships to facilitate collective impact work to address existing challenges and opportunities with a focus on community well-being and self-reliance
  • Libraries as Contributors to Community Resilience - topics and examples of how libraries contribute to future community resilience from disaster preparedness, & response and recovery efforts to work that contributes to creating a culture of respect, understanding, and empathy in the library’s service area.

This event is being organized in partnership with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System and co-chair of the American Library Association's (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, Learn more about Rebekkah at Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #sustainabilityinlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing 30-minute keynote. A mini-conference FAQ (frequently asked questions) page is here

The call for proposals is now closed. A list of the confirmed sessions for the mini-conference is below the keynote panelist descriptions. You can also view the all proposals that were submitted here to connect with individual submitters.


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (@rebekkah)
Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System
Opening Keynote (Moderator)

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP) is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. Rebekkah currently serves as the co-chair of the American Library Association's (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, as an advisory board member for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Rebekkah is the co-founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and a founding member of the ALA Sustainability Round Table. Rebekkah was named a Library Journal (LJ) Mover & Shaker in 2010 and writes the LJ Sustainability column. A frequent international speaker on the topic of libraries and sustainability, Rebekkah is the author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World and Resilience, part of the Library Futures Series from ALA Editions.


Matthew Bollerman (@bollermn)
Chief Executive Officer, Hauppauge Public Library

Matthew Bollerman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauppauge Public Library. Matt previously was Director at the Westhampton and Brookhaven Free Library. At Westhampton he helped construct a new $7.8 million, 14,250 square foot LEED Gold building that was recognized by Library Journal in their New Landmark Libraries issue. Matt was recognized by the New York Library Association with their 2014 Outstanding Service to Libraries Award and served as president of the New York Library Association in 2012. He is passionate about public libraries ability to help regenerate their communities.


Adrian Ho
Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Kentucky Libraries

Adrian Ho is Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Kentucky Libraries. He specializes in facilitating the production, dissemination, and curation of research deliverables and scholarly works in an open and digital environment. He has collaborated with faculty and students to broaden access to their research and scholarship so that people around the world can benefit from the University of Kentucky community's scholarly outputs.


Traci Engel Lesneski (@LesneskiTraci)
CEO/Principal, MSR Design

CEO and principal with Minneapolis-based MSR Design, Traci has led a wide variety of project types and holds particular expertise in design for libraries and learning. She promotes an integrated design approach—equally valuing human well-being, building performance, aesthetics, and delight. Recent building projects Traci has led include the award-winning VCAM building—a 24/7 visual culture, arts, and media creative hub for Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Missoula’s new library and culture house (opening in autumn 2020).Traci regularly contributes articles to library publications and lectures nationally and internationally about the built environment’s role in fostering well-being, promoting learning, and creating inclusive, resilient, and cohesive communities. Traci is co-chair of ALA’s Architecture for Public Libraries Committee and serves on the Standing Committee of IFLA’s Library Buildings and Equipment Section and ALA’s Special Task Force on Sustainability.


Rebecca T. Miller
Group Publisher, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book

Rebecca T. Miller is Group Publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book. Born a twin and raised in a large family in the rural West, her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of Library Journal. In 2020, Miller was named Group Publisher, after a seven-year tenure as Editorial Director of LJ and SLJ. She is deeply involved in exploring the trends affecting patrons, libraries, and the library ecosystem. Currently, she is a New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative cocreator and a trustee and treasurer of the Great Neck Library, NY. Prior to LJ, she worked at Utne Reader. She has a BA from DePauw University, IN, and an MSLIS from New York’s Pratt Institute.


René Tanner
Associate Librarian, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

René Tanner is an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University. She specializing in sustainability and life sciences. She is a co-editor of the upcoming book, Sustainability in Libraries, slated for publication in 2021 by ALA Editions. She is the co-chair of ALA's Implementation Task Force on Sustainability in Libraries. She is a frequent presenter on the topics of conflict management, empathy, and sustainability.


FINAL SCHEDULE (and links to comment or connect with presenters). The link to the page with individual session Zoom rooms is emailed to those who have registered (free) for the event.

12:00 p.m. (noon) US-Pacific Daylight Time:

  • OPENING KEYNOTE: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Matthew Bollerman, Adrian Ho, Rebecca T. Miller, & René Tanner
  • CLOSING KEYNOTE (30 minutes): Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

California Libraries Learn (CALL) is a collaborative project of the California Library Association and the California State Library, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Here are professional associations that have made space for communities of practice on sustainability in their infrastructure:

Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI) (a project of the New York Library Association [NYLA])

Sustainability Round Table (SRT) of the American Library Association

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)


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