May 4-29, 2015
This course focuses on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement which is sweeping across U.S. campuses. A proliferation of sustainability courses, programs and related activities bears witness to a paradigm shift in our society. A trans-disciplinary area of study, sustainability stretches beyond environmental awareness to include issues of economic viability and social justice concerns. This co-mingling of subject areas offers limitless opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination between librarians and the faculty, students, staff and administrators they support. Emphasis will be on the curriculum with a preliminary exploration of how facilities management and co-curricular activities tie into the teaching and learning of sustainability.
You will be guided through a practical process for becoming actively engaged in this paradigm shift on your campus. Sections will include: “Temperature Check” of Your Institution, Finding Your Allies, Library as Common Space, and Bridge Building Tools. Reading assignments, exercises and participation in a discussion forum will connect you to the community-inspired energy that drives the sustainability movement. The course will culminate in an action plan that matches the needs of your library and institution and suits your comfort level for professional involvement. The instructor will offer individual feedback as you reflect on your own values and the influence you, the library profession, and your institution offer to the shaping of our future leaders.