Monday, May 14, 2018

Call for Chapters for ACRL's The Sustainable Library's Cookbook

Call for Chapters for ACRL's The Sustainable Library's Cookbook edited by Raymond Pun and Dr. Gary L. Shaffer

We are seeking "recipes" or chapter proposals on practice-based examples of lesson plans or projects that support sustainability efforts in academic libraries. Recipes will follow the ACRL Cookbook Format. Your 500-to-700 word submission in word doc should describe a successful lesson plan or activity that support sustainability in the academic library. They can be related to these three key areas:

Section 1. Applying Sustainable Thinking and Development - Applying sustainable thinking into library functions including information technology, finance, facilities, waste management, human resources, space planning, etc.:

  • Triple Bottom Line (financial/economic, environmental, as well as social (internal/workforce and external/social justice and campus community) concepts applied in different areas of library services
  • Installing solar panels in the library, upgrading lighting systems in library facilities, supporting alternatives to driving; green technology, architecture planning; extension; developing strategies to minimize cost, utilize costs;
  • Integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in your library practices
  • Addressing issues of poverty, inequity and food shortage in your campus; dumpster diving projects;
  • Strategic planning for sustainable practices in specific areas of the library; special grant projects or case studies; disaster-planning projects; makerspaces; OER and textbooks; sustainable printing;
  • Assessment/evaluation plans for sustainability practices; marketing sustainability developments in the library

Section 2. Teaching, Learning and Research Services - Supporting sustainability studies in the areas of teaching, learning and research services including information literacy, one-shots, technology, integrating ACRL New Frameworks,  threshold concepts, discipline tracks - first year writing, communications, STEM instructions, community of teaching practices, and subject/liaison responsibilities:

  • Teaching FYE STEM using campus sustainability as the research topic
  • Building a data research/scientific data program to support sustainability studies, water studies or renewable energy; ecological and environmental education; green literacy
  • Teaching a information literacy workshop to environmental studies, food studies, agriculture, transportation studies/engineering, sociology, anthropology, political science or urban studies, architecture, business/entrepreneurship/marketing classes that address sustainable development, climate change, green energy, alternative fuels, sustainable housing, clean transportation, etc.
  • Integrating GIS skills and tools in library instruction to support sustainability studies; digital scholarship or humanities/area studies projects covering sustainability/environmental studies
  • Integrating environmental, economic, and social justices in your teaching practices; Liaison to Water/Environmental Institutes/Centers

Section 3. Community Engagement, Outreach, and Partnerships - Forming new partnerships, outreach services or community engagement programs to inform sustainability practices in the library and beyond:

  • Forming partnerships with communities to promote environmental awareness issues
  • Partnering with Career Development Center to host a job/internship fair on green energy and jobs;
  • Collaborating with Sustainability Student Club to coordinate new programs or events in the library such as urban farms, organic food productions, collaborative collection development, green collections; World Water Day, World Earth Day, environmental awareness;
  • Partnerships with public libraries, government agencies, environmental and other community groups for reading clubs, activities, engagements
  • Building local knowledge wand community experts relating to sustainability, ecology, etc.

Deadline for proposals for Contributors: July 9, 2018
Editors Review + Notification for Contributors: July 30, 2018
Final Recipes will be due on October 1, 2018

Email us at with submissions and any questions. Please refer to the The Library Instruction Cookbook (ACRL 2009) and The First Year Experience Cookbook (ACRL 2017) for examples of format and tone. We are willing to be flexible with wording, style, and topics.  Creativity encouraged! We look forward to your proposals!
Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno
Dr. Gary L. Shaffer, Director Library and Information Management at USC Marshall School of Business

Helpful Resources:
  • Edwards, B. W. (2011). Sustainability as a driving force in contemporary library design. Library Trends60(1), 190-214.
  • Hauke, P., & Werner, K. U. (2012). The second hand library building: Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries. IFLA Journal38(1), 60-67.
  • Jankowska, M. A., & Marcum, J. W. (2010). Sustainability challenge for academic libraries: planning for the future. College & Research Libraries71(2), 160-170.
  • Mulford, S. M., & Himmel, N. A. (2010). How green is my library? Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • Shaffer, G. L. (2018). Sustainability: What does it mean for you and your library? In Matarazzo, J. M. and Pearlstein, T. (Eds.) The Emerald handbook of modern information management. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald, pp. 227-258.
  • Smith-Aldrich, R. (2018). Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring your library’s future in an uncertain world. Chicago: ALA Editions.
  • United Nations. (n.d.). Sustainable development goals: 17 goals to transform our world. Retrieved from Author: same.