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Call for Panelists: ALA Midwinter 2018 — Sustainability for Libraries & Communities (Deadline Oct. 18)

(via Meredith Powers, Brooklyn Public Library)

News You Can Use Call for panelists — deadline Wednesday, October 18!

Have you recently participated in or implemented a sustainability initiative in your organization? Do you want to share your experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly? Planning to attend ALA Midwinter? If so, you might make a great panelist for SustainRT’s News You Can Use panel session at the ALA Midwinter Conference in February 2018!

SustainRT was created as a venue in which members exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society. We are looking for 3-4 panelists to talk about any sustainability-related policies, practices, technologies, or projects they’ve implemented or are in the process of testing in their library or organization. We’re interested in student sustainability projects as well as professional experiences. We are also interested to hear how new research, reports, surveys, legislation, regulation, or other data has informed how you’ve adjusted or implemented projects, programs, policies, etc. We especially want to hear about how you are supporting sustainability through curriculum development, collections, exhibits, events, advocacy, communication, library buildings, or space design!

All panelists will be given ten minutes to talk about their experiences, followed by time for audience Q&A. We would like to know why you tried what you tried, what worked, what didn’t, what kinds of barriers you faced, etc.

Sustainability focused

  • Not necessarily within a library, if you explain how your work is relevant to libraries and/or the communities they serve
  • How are your sustainability efforts changing the way libraries operate and provide services?
  • How are your sustainability efforts creating new opportunities (and disruptions) culturally, socially, economically, environmentally
  • What will this mean for our users, both in their daily lives and in the way they interact with your library or organization?

How to submit:

If you are interested in being part of this panel, please submit a short description (max 500 words) of your topic: https://goo.gl/forms/hCvELe7NMdmHk9Ru2

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