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
Looking 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.
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)
Check out the slides here: SustainRTpresentation
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
Also all SustainRT official events are listed on our website: http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/events
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
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.
Sharing some fun ideas to do with teens or adults especially if you are creating a makerspace environment in your library:
- can’t stop scrolling through the upcyclethat blog full of amazing ideas.
- the hipcycle site has a great search function so you can browse by Material Type – it sells products but I suggest using it to get ideas
- and of course pinterest has lots of upcycling idea boards
- a random idea here I just love since I have so many of these laying around … 10 ways to re-purpose an Altoids’ tin (the “mini toolbox” is cute and useful for storing nails and such, and the “games to go” is very useful)