Resource Guide for Green Librarians!

Check out this great resource guide  by Laura Barnes  of Prairie Research Institute, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (University of Illinois Library)

I love the guide’s opening Introduction box that contains handouts from green library workshops with slides and resources.  It  includes RSS feeds from the Environmental News Bits Libraries category and  a list of new green library resources (from her “delicious” bookmarks tagged for green libraries) which you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

Other tabs include a Sustainability Overview, with book and website recommendations in general and for sustainable libraries; a Green Building/facility tab with sections on energy, green cleaning and water efficiency; a Purchasing tab, with info on greenwashing, product guides, electronic disposal, and paper use/recycling; a collection development tab on green weeding information and collection development collection resource links; and lastly a Programming tab with book lists, curriculum resources, and art/craft projects.

Thanks Laura, a great resource so many libraries can now use!

Environmental News Network

A great site to visit or add to your resources, the Environmental News Network post sevearl researched quality news articles daily. They are both aggregators of environmental news and produce articles written and researched on their own.  Read the latest or top news, or choose a category like wildlife, pollution, energy policies or more.  Follow the latest from ENN through RSS feed or on twitter.  They state they are an unbiased source of environmental news.  There is also an ENN community where you can get involved and connect with others.

Teaching Green Resources

Online Degree Programs has a great blog post called: Teaching Green: 100 Tips, Tools & Resources for Every Kind of Classroom. They offer lists of online resources by category and here are some examples:

Single Steam Recycling: how it works

A few people  have asked me recently about how single stream recycling works since its a better method for recycling.  (which has developed since in general people don’t seem to understand how to sort and not put trash in recycle bins, especially on my campus!)

This awesome Web site  www.explorethecycle.com offers simply explained, short video clips demonstrating “the cycle” and “the MRF” (and by visiting their site you can also watch clips on paper, glass, metal, plastic and overseas!)

Promote your library

As many libraries are closing, the need for libraries being  questioned, and competition for library type services growing, finding ways to advocate and grow your library is essential.  Promote your library as a green and cost saving.  Start by simply promoting the idea that you can save money by borrowing a book from the library instead of buying it.  Note the long term cost and environmental savings since the library owns one copy that can be borrowed again and again and again,  cutting down on the eco-impact of producing copies that  book (trees, water, energy, waste…) for each of these borrowers. Other companies are promoting business that provide “24/7 access to online resources for your research needs.” Dont libraries already offer this for free?  Promote your online library resources available 24/7 such as online databases, audio books, ebooks, newspapers, digital collections, and services like renewing library materials, tutorials, and sometimes even online chat 24/7.  Make your web presence a quality portal of information and resources.  Users can save a drive to the library and still access a wealth of information and services.  Start simply promoting the things you are already doing that are green and cost saving.

Library card holders still out number Amazon.com customers 5:1.  Determine your cost benefit of services for tax dollars. In most cases libraries benefits exceed the tax costs (Read:  Glen Holt and Donald Elliott, “Cost Benefit t Analysis: A Summary of the Methodology,” The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, 15 (4) 2002, pp. 154-158)  Also check out  Libraries: How They Stack Up report from OCLC  (2003) for more interesting stats and data.