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Libraries and the Triple Bottom Line

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Mandy Henk

on 3 December 2013

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Libraries and the Triple Bottom Line
Norgaard and Denial
Uncool or Unserious
Library Values
Intellectual Freedom
Universal Literacy
Not Neutrality
Why is this so hard to talk about?
Lines of Evidence
Building the sustainable
Carbon pollution
Conflict Minerals
Materials Pricing
Budget Cuts
Ownership v. Access
Digital Divide
Service to poor
Service to Non-English speakers
Labor issues
Access for all people with the safest and technology possible, at a price libraries can afford.
Why else should we build sustainable libraries?
Because 62% of libraries report that they are the only provider of free computer and Internet access in their community
Because in 2010 there were one billion five hundred seventy-one million forty-eight thousand visits to American public libraries.
Because we serve low income families
Because statewide database licensing and strong interlibrary loan programs are the only access most citizens have to peer reviewed to scientific and medical literature.
Because libraries are too important not to be sustained.
How do we build sustainable libraries?
Who in your library is interested?
Start where you are
Start simply.
How can time and interest be created?
How does sustainability fit into your existing mission and vision?
Does your city, county, or university have a sustainability plan and where does the library fit into it?
Does a sustainability committee make sense?
Should you conduct a sustainability assessment?
How can you get involved with existing sustainability efforts in your area?
How can we reach out to everyone who cares about the future of the library?
This is a perfectly normal and healthy reaction to have when someone suggests forming a new committee.
But . . .
For Libraries that use committees to get other work done a committee will. . .
Provide structure for getting work done and ideas presented
Bring interested people together
Give sustainability a place in the hierarchy of the library
Institutionalize sustainability concerns
Think about your stakeholders

Library staff
Library trustees
Faculty committees
Community members
Who else cares about your library?
Conversational Norms
Emotional Norms
Three forms of denial

The climate is not warming.
The climate is warming, but it is a natural event.
The climate is warming, but there is nothing I need to do.
Not seen as cool (young people) or serious (adults) to worry too much about Big Problems
“Never mention politics or religion, in polite conversation.”
Places we don't talk about climate change:
The grocery store
Clubs and sporting events
Offers a starting point
Gives you a chance to see what you are already doing well
The process can provide a list of near term and long term goals
Allows you to work methodically according to local priorities
Does your city, county, or school have a sustainability group already?

Does the Library have a place at this table?
Alternative Fuel Bookmobile
Alternative Transportation
Building Ideas
Supporting the local economy
Open Access
Open Source
Protecting Fair Use
Digital Due Process and patron privacy
Serving marginalized patrons
Ideas from Real Libraries and Librarians
Open Access
Allegheny College
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Athabasca University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Brigham Young University
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Columbia University
Concordia University-Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Concordia University-Portland
Connecticut College
Creighton University
Duke University
Emory University
Florida State University
Georgia Tech
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvard University
Hope College
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Lafayette College
Miami University
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Oberlin College
A year after MIT faculty adopted a policy to open access to their scholarly articles, many publishers of scholarly journals have confirmed support of their efforts, and more than 850 articles have been added to the MIT Open Access articles collection in the Libraries’ digital repository, DSpace@MIT, where they are freely available on the Web.
Open Source
Supporting your local businesses
Hosting farmers' market
Georgetown County South Carolina library teams with SCORE a non-profit supporting small business to offer workshops and strong collection geared to the needs of small business
"Kankakee Holiday Mart @ the Library."
Alternative Transportation
Library Buildings
Wilmette Public Library Bike to the Library Day
Fair Use
Patron Privacy
Georgia State Reserves Case
Overarching goal and guiding principle: To simplify, clarify, and unify the ECPA standards, providing stronger privacy protections for communications and associated data in response to changes in technology and new services and usage patterns, while preserving the legal tools necessary for government agencies to enforce the laws, respond to emergency circumstances and protect the public.
Serving the Under Served
"What I’ve learned from being here is that the library’s goal is to include everybody, to make the library accessible for everybody, and not to screen anybody out," she says, adding that the goal has been to help its homeless patrons and to make the library safer.

"Having a library is a true part of democracy in our country, and democracy meaning you include everybody," adds Esguerra.

Since the program’s inception three years ago, Esguerra has reached out to nearly 1,200 homeless people at the library and referred them to city services. So far, 74 of them have also found housing.
Librarian's Toolkit for Responding Effectively To Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

Make your priority to serve the community regardless of individuals’ legal status
Promote your library as a welcoming place where revealing or explaining one's legal status is neither expected or required
Accept alternative forms of identification such as:
Matrícula Consular (Mexico)
Photo ID & proof of current local address
Other forms of address verification including utility bills, printed checks, rent receipts, or other post-marked official mail Ensure that all library staff, both professionals and paraprofessionals, receive cultural competency training that includes current immigrant issues
Hire staff who speak the language(s) of your immigrant communities
Promote your library as a source of accurate information on all aspects and perspectives of the immigration issue, both currently and historically.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
― Frederick Douglass
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
Olin College of Engineering
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Rice University
Rollins College
Stanford University
Trinity University
University of California, San Francisco
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Florida
University of Hawaii-Manoa
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of North Texas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oregon
University of Rhode Island
University of Puerto Rico
University of Texas system
University of Washington
Utah State University
Wake Forest University
Washington University (St. Louis)
Wellesley College
Wooster College
Evergreen Implementations
British Columbia SITKA (69 libraries, including branches)
Indiana Evergreen (112 libraries)
Merrimack Valley (Massachusetts, 39 libraries, in implementation process)
Maine Balsom (10 libraries)
Niagara Libraries (Ontario, 11 libraries),
North Texas Library Partners (rural area outside Dallas, 12 libraries),
Pioneer Library System (Upstate New York between Rochester and Syracuse, 42 libraries),
Sage Library System (Northeast Oregon, 60 libraries)
SC LENDS (South Carolina, 49 libraries)
SPRUCE (Manitoba, Canada, 8 libraries)
Books I mentioned in my talk
Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. New York: Bloomsbury Pub, 2006.
Oreskes, Naomi, and Erik M. Conway. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010.
Speth, James Gustave. The Bridge at the Edge of the World Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
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