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Berkshire’s Building Sustainable Libraries Survey, December 2010

As we launch Berkshire’s “Building Sustainable Libraries Survey” with Against The Grain journal (ATG), where preliminary survey results will appear, I want to acknowledge the people who contributed suggestions and commented on the draft survey. Some of them are authors of articles in the forthcoming ATG issue I’ve nearly finished guest-editing, and others are colleagues who came to us via the Green Schools listserv: Tony Horava, University of Ottowa; Terry Link, Michigan State University; Michael Smith, Ithaca College. Sally C. Wyman and her colleagues at the O’ Neill Library at Boston College; and Justin Miller, Ball State University.

If you are a librarian who would like to participate in the survey, please click here: Building Sustainable Libraries Survey. This survey covers a lot but it is short—only 20 questions, which we estimate can be answered in 15-20 minutes. We need your input, and have designed these questions to gather information that can be used to shape recommendations for library initiatives related to sustainability.

Take this opportunity to tell us (and your colleagues across the globe) about sustainability efforts at your institution. We want to know what’s happening, and what you think about it, too. What needs more emphasis? What remains muddled or confusing or simply undone? Is sustainability an appropriate focus for the academic library? Berkshire has partnered with Against the Grain to produce a survey asking librarians for their experiences and opinions on sustainability.

Sustainable development was classically defined in the 1989 Brundtland Report as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It is generally divided into three categories: social, economic, and environmental sustainabilty. In the survey, we focus on environmental sustainability – that is, living in such a way that the well-being of future generations will not be compromised – but you’ll also see some items relevant to social and economic sustainability. There’s also space at the end for adding links, recommended reading, and comments and questions. We are eager to have your thoughts—and to hear your opinions.

Again, just click the link here to participate in the Building Sustainable Libraries Survey. Below you will see a list of the articles that will be appearing in Against The Grain‘s  next issue:

The Forest or the Trees? by Karen Christensen
Collection Development and Sustainability at the University of South Florida by Merilyn Burke
Collection Management and Sustainability in the Digital Age by Tony Horava
Getting There from Here: Changing the Ecological and Social Footprint of Our Professional Conferences by Michael Smith
K-12 Environmental Education Resources by Roxanne Spencer
Practicing Sustainable Environmental Solutions: A Call for Green Policy in Academic Libraries by Maria Jankowska

One thought on “Berkshire’s Building Sustainable Libraries Survey, December 2010

  1. “….Sustainable development was classically defined in the 1989 Brundtland Report as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

    Well, classic maybe, hardly classical though.., imo. Dated, uninspiring, clunky…., and reaching down though history… so American…?

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