Seed Lending Libraries: Resources


Photo Credit: Vincent_AF via Compfight cc

Being the heart of growing season, looking into the latest in seed lending libraries, I had no idea how fast they were growing too! This seed libraries website explains what seed lending libraries are all about, as well as a ton of resources to help you start your own. Check out their sister libraries page that lists by state the 340 seed lending libraries that (they know) exist! Does your state or area have one? If not, you have tools and a network of people to support you in starting one yourself.  Don’t forget to LIKE them on Facebook as well


iconPFLooking to print a website  (“greener”) without wasting paper and ink on all the unnecessary pages and formatting? Try this web-based tool called PrintFriendly. You can print almost any website by simply pasting the URL on the Printfriendly website, or email the page to yourself, or print to PDF as well.



Also, add the tool as an extension to your Chrome browser to use as needed. And you can download the button code and add to your own website.  (find out more!)

TIP:  As suggested by the Tech Bits column in C&RL News June 2014 (brought to you by ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee) this tool  “…could be a powerful visual tool for librarians to compare website content and reliability during instruction” (- Jaki King)

Photos from Sustainable Sessions at ALA Annual



Sprouting Green Librarians Among the Weeds by Mindy Reed, Program Manager, Project Director, Austin Public Library who runs the Recycled Reads Program:


From the Ground Up Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries – four amazing librarians from UC San Diego postering.


SustainRT Lightning Rounds: Sustainability at Your Library, which provides some great ideas from several different libraries




















Check out the slides here:  SustainRTpresentation

ALA Annual Conference – Sustainable Libraries Events + Programs

Find out more and join SustainRT at ALA Annual in Vegas next weekend:

Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
1st ever official SustainRT Board meeting (all are welcome)
Las Vegas Convention Center N214

Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Lightning Rounds: Sustainability at Your Library – please attend our 1st conference program!
Las Vegas Convention Center N237

Sunday,Jun 29 at 6:00pm to Jun 30 at 7:00pm
SustainRT Social Meet-up – – Architectural Walking Tour
Meet at Piero’s Italian Restaurant to begin the tour (route and map link)

Also all SustainRT official events are listed on our website:

Check out these sustainable libraries Poster Sessions – both are Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 12:30pm to 2:00pm in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall/Poster Session

Sprouting Green Librarians Among the Weeds
Poster 7 : by Mindy Reed (also one of our lightening round presenters!)
From the Ground Up Promoting Sustainability in Academic Libraries
Poster 17 : four amazing librarians postering!

Also, SustainRT is co-sponsoring/supporting:

Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:30am to 12:00pm
Library Power to the People: Facing Up to the Climate Crisis with Information & Action (REFORMA President’s Program)
Las Vegas Convention Center N235

Hybrid Bookmobiles

This blog on bookmobiles is really fun to skim  (bikemobiles- bikebrarians, floating libraries, big rig libraries, etc) But what caught my eye was the recent post on hybrid bookmobiles. According to the blog, Mendocino County CA had the first hybrid bookmobile in Feb 2012 – a diesel/electric and solar panels, and is  50% more efficiently that its predecessor (more here). Then Rochester, MN had the next hybrid with solar panels, LED lights and recycled floors saying $3000/year in operating costs.

crafty upcycling projects for your library

Sharing some fun ideas to do with teens or adults especially if you are creating a makerspace environment in your library: