Urbanska Sees Libraries as Natural Leaders in a Trend Toward Sustainable Living
Frederick J. Augustyn, Jr.
The Library of Congress
Urbanska, host and producer of PBSs Simple Living series, was
part of the Auditorium Speaker Series July 12. Introduced by Leonard Kniffel,
Editor-in-Chief of American Libraries magazine, Urbanska is a noted consultant
on sustainable development and green living. Shes a newspaper columnist,
and author of or collaborator on seven books, including the anthology Less Is
More (2009). Kniffel noted that at least as long ago as in her first book in 1992,
Urbanska addressed what is gained, rather than what is lost, by simpler, more
rational consumer choices.
the hint of her home-town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina (TVs Mayberry) in
her voice, she emphasized the opportunities confronting us in a challenging economy.
The indicators are there to say that the age of overconsumption is over.
We face choices in the categories of heat and housing, food and modes of transportation.
The post-World War II propensity toward larger houses for often smaller families
has reversed since 2007; consumers are more often opting for locally grown produce;
and more walking, or greater use of public transportation.
Increasingly more Americans recognize that clutter can stuffocate us. Urbanska champions this Europeanization of consumer usage, which is also indebted to alternative American values as enunciated in visionary books such as Thoreaus Walden, Scott and Ann Nearings Living the Good Life, and Rachel Carsons Silent Spring.
already publicized the vanguard roles that many libraries have and can continue
to play in the move toward transumerism such as in her article A Greener
Library, A Greener You in the April issue of American Libraries. Libraries,
an important third place in which people spend much of their time
after home and work, have demonstrated to their patrons the values of environmental
stewardship, thoughtful consumption, community involvement, and financial responsibility,
all aspects of simple living.
Urbanska encouraged libraries to: reduce, reuse, and recycle paper, possibly limiting the number of printouts through fees; buy recycled products; turn off power strips when not in use; buy furniture that lasts; and eliminate SUIs or single use items such as paper cups, plastic-bottled water, and disposable bags.
Basketball Star Candace Parker Named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month
Gold-medalist and 2008 WNBA Rookie of the Year Candace Parker will let Americans
know that a library card is the smartest card in every wallet.
Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month in September, Parker will be featured
in print and radio public service announcements (PSAs). ALA will place the PSAs
in magazines and on radio stations across the country.
are available for free download to libraries looking to promote Library Card Sign-up
Month locally. In addition to the PSAs, librarians can download sample media materials
and Web badges. All resources can be downloaded at http://www.ala.org/
Sign-up Month was launched in 1987. It is a time to remind parents that a library
card is the most important school supply of all. Since then, thousands of public
and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child
does just that.
The Campaign for Americas Libraries is the ALAs public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types across the country and around the globe use the Campaigns @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALAs Library Champions.
The Smartest Card was created by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of ALA, to promote the library card as the most important card in every wallet.
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