ACRL Offers Virtual Conference Participation

If you cant travel to Seattle for ACRL, you can be green and save money! Participate in the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference, held completely online,  with synchronous and asynchronous activities.  Each registration includes unlimited access to the online conference community for one year after the event.

Registration is now open. (3/6/09 is the deadline to register)

ACRL member – $165 / ALA member – $205 / Nonmember – $245 / Full-time student – $75 / Group: up to three attendees – $295 / Group: 4-9 attendees – $595 / Group – 10 or more attendees – $995

Note: Face-to-face Seattle conference participants receive complimentary access to the conference community as part of their conference registration.


Excerpt from Earth Forum Web site:

“We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Green Series, a new electronic reference series for academic and public libraries addressing all aspects of environmental issues, including alternative energies, sustainability, politics, agriculture, and many other subjects that will comprise a 12-title set. Each title has approximately 150 articles (much like encyclopedia articles) on major themes, ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 words. We are starting the assignment process for articles for Volumes 4 – 6 in the series with a deadline of May 1, 2009:

  • Volume 4: Green Cities
  • Volume 5: Green Business
  • Volume 6: Green Consumerism

This comprehensive project will be published in stages by SAGE eReference and will be marketed to academic and public libraries as a digital, online product available to students via the library’s electronic services. The Series Editor is Paul Robbins, Ph.D., University of Arizona, and the General Editor for Volumes 4 and 5 is Nevin Cohen, Ph.D., The New School, and General Editor for Volume 6 is Juliana Mansvelt, Ph.D., Massey University. Both the series editor and general editors will be reviewing each submission to the project.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to free access to the online product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more per volume.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with the Green Series, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in environmental issues.

Thanks very much.

Ellen Ingber
Author Manager
Golson Media
green (at) “


If you haven’t heard about Streetswiki, check it out! The audience: planners, academics, and really anybody who wants to write or read about cities and how to make them more sustainable. What a great venue for libraries to get involved and/or hear whats happening in your town. It is a community created online wiki (so anyone can add or edit) on transportation, urban environmental, and public space issues. The goal is to share expertise and opinions and network with professionals and citizens, along with providing research and ideas on sustainable cities. It tag teams with streetsblog andstreetsfilm, all part of the Livable Streets Network.

ALA Midwinter “Green” Summary

Returning from ALA Midwinter in Denver, CO where I took note of green practices- both current and future ideas -from the hosting city to future ALA meetings:

  • Denver has wonderful public transportation I took an inexpensive, comfortable, bus right from the airport to downtown Denver, where I immediately caught the FREE 16th St Mall Shuttle bus (a hybrid!) right to my hotel/convention center.The denver convention center itself offers easy recycling every place there is a trash can as well as signs everyone asking people to conserve water and recycle and much more if you check out their green meeting site.
  • For academic libraries,the upcoming ACRL conference in Seattle (March 12 – 15th, 2009) is going green asking attendees to take a green pledge, offering green hotels and restaurants and other green practices.
  • For ILL folks, the 40th Annual ILL Conference in Estes Park CO (April 30 – May 1, 2009) is going with a green theme.
  • I attended the Task Force on the Environment (part of Social Responsibilities Round Table) meeting and discussion sessions. If you are interested join the listserv. Discussion on a session at ALA Annual 2009 on the “Libraries Build Sustainable Committees” theme with both speakers and smaller group discussions on what smaller things (besides building green) libraries are doing to be green. The need to update and grow the TFOE Web site to provide more toolkits and resources was mentioned as well. And stay tuned for a possible ALA Presidential Task Force for greening libraries.
  • Denver Public Library hosted an unconference on Friday on the topic of Transition Libraries. There is social network of library people coming together to help transition the future based on sustainability at
  • Several green initiatives are being discussed for future ALA meetings such as podcasting sessions/presentations and cutting back on paper. Many sections now are going paperless (meaning no snail mailed newsletters, available digitally instead). The new ALA Connect web site area (PDF), coming sometime this spring, will allow each section to have its own community where documents, podcasts, chats, etc. can facilitate more virtual connections among colleagues. You can also contact the ALA Membership Office to ask to change your ALA preferences to email/electronic instead of paper. ALA is also considering going paperless by 2010 Annual, perhaps eliminating the cost and waste of paper to print those huge conference schedules many of us recycle immediately.

Going to ALA midwinter?

Of course if you are NOT going you are being the greenest of us all!  But if you are, here are a few green-ish sessions that might be of interest:

  • Transition Libraries: Resources for a Green Future ( At the Blair Caldwell Library in Downtown Denver  – Friday, January 23rd from 9:00-4:30)
  • Social Responsibilities Round Table All Committee Meeting, which includes Task Force on the Environment (Saturday, 8:00am-10:00am, GRAND, Sunlight Peak)
  • TF on the Environment presents “Kermit, It is Easy Being Green!  Librarians’ Perspectives and Ideas (Sunday, 1:30pm-3:30pm, RITZ Salon 3)

For ideas on being green while at ALA Midwinter:

(1) Transportation: carpool to the conference, take a train,  rent a hybrid vehicle? You could also purchase carbon offset credits to offset your traveling greenhouse gas emissions. (Visit  While at the conference can you take bus transportation or walk. Denver has amazing public transportation options including a FREE 16th Mall shuttle (which actually uses hybrid electric vehicles powered by a combination electric/compressed natural gas engines)

(2)Hotel:  Bring your own supplies and don’t use those small, wasteful plastic bottles. Reuse your towels and sheets instead of asking for clean ones daily. Make sure your lights are turned off in the room. Share a room with others. Drink your morning coffee/tea and water from your personal mug/bottle you brought with you. Check out the green hotel association Web site for more ideas.

(3) Restaurants. Here is a list of certified green places via though I dont see any listed for denver specifically.  I would try these sites to find some local and organic places  –  list by ecovian or this searchable site by SustainLane.

(4) Ask you hotel and restaurants how green they are: do they recycle (many restaurants do not!), do they conserve water, do they use compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. Check out the green hotel association Web site and the going greener restaurant site for more information.. you could even mention these Web sites to the manager of the place.

(5) Exhibits & Presentations: Thank publishers who are greening their practices using chlorine free, soy based inks, recycled materials etc. Try not to grab any freebie you see. There is so much excessive promotional material that will just end up being tossed. Try to model this behavior in hopes that if more people did the same, vendors and presenters would need to bring less paper the next time around.  Carrying it back with you takes energy too (think about how many people are there, how much excess paper they will grab and how many tons of carbon dioxide will be used to transport this extra materials!)  Many presenters will have handouts and presentations online for you to view after the conference as well.

Innovation Exchange: Helps You Go Green

Though the audience is focused more on industry and businesses, this Innovation Exchange site by Environmental Defense Fund offers online resources, ideas, and tools that allows you to potentially reduce costs and go green at your organization.  First check out the Getting Started section which takes you through 5 fundamental steps to determine  your organization’s biggest environmental opportunities and set goals. The Tools section offers some very useful links such as the 4 C’s of Climate Action, a Paper Calculator and Recycling Signage. The Environmental Opportunities section lists some key areas (such as climate change, paper, healthy food, etc.) to browse for ideas to make improvements at your organization. Also the Case Studies area is worth browsing for ideas on what other companies are doing such as Reducing Travel with TeleconferencingUPS: Shipping Green, and Making Telecommuting a New Company Culture.

Green Facebook Groups

Excerpt from Planet Green Web site on Top 5 Green Facebook Groups:

  1. Trees Have Rights Too – Bill of Planetary Rights Group
    Ever since the Trees Have Rights Too movement branched out to Facebook things have been heating up for this seriously green group. They aim to petition the United Nations to create a Bill of Planetary Rights that would impose regulations and guidelines regarding environmental affairs. Check out the Facebook Group and join the cause.
  2. iChapters’ Tree Planting Group
    After you join iChapter’s Facebook group, with every discount book you buy from their website, they’ll plant a tree. Not a bad deal at all. In the past, they’ve even done tree-planting drives through the group.
  3. Hotspex
    Who said marketing research has no conscious? This company specializes in advising companies on how to green their products. And if you join the Hotspex Facebook Group, they’ll plant a tree with your ‘name’ on it.
  4. Mysterious, Nameless, and Generous Carbon Offsetting Group
    Okay, so this strange, ostensibly British green group has no name. But for every 25 people who join, its administrators have pledged to donate 1 British Pound to a charity fighting climate change.
  5. The Green Library
    The Green Library has a interesting charge: to document all significant events, activities, literature, and projects that contribute to the pursuit of sustainability in libraries everywhere. Show your local book-lender some love and join the Green Library Facebook group. Plus, the group’s administrator has a killer ‘stache.

Find Greener Options with EVO

The first thing I did on EVO’s site was take the Green Your Tree quiz to answer the question “how green are you?”  Though its not perfect answer of  how green you really are (for ex: yes, I drive a fuel efficient car to work daily but my husband works at home; and yes I have nylon or polyester clothes but from thrift stores, not bought by me) its intended to be a fun, engaging way to give you a sense of their environmental impact and offer some good recommendations for daily habits and choices.

EVO ‘s goal is to connect you directly with online sellers and present the user with  valuable content along with green products and services in an easy and accessible way. Every product  is assigned a number of leaves to represent how green it is –  the more green leaves, the greener the product. Registration is free, quick and easy and for every person registered EVO has partnered with Trees For The Future to plant a tree.

Since they only get paid when a successful connection between buyers and sellers occurs, its also a good venue for small, local green business who cant afford advertising large scale.  Read an interview with creator and CEO Dan Siegel to find out more about EVO.

Green Maps

Looking for things green and loving maps, this post by ecogeek caught my attention: The Role of Green Maps in the Cleantech Revolution.

  • Using Google maps, a British gas & energy group created this mashup which shows various smart metering projects that are currently being implemented all across Europe.
  • San Francisco has a map that shows solar potential for roofs.
  • The EPA created a map that works with Google Earth to shows potential for alternative energy in the US.
  • There is even a Green Map web site to look up green locations and business worldwide.
  • And, why not add yourself or your library to the See I’m Green map, search and find others worldwide who are also green-minded.

Looking to buy green?

logo-buygreen is a secure Web site to shop for green and eco-friendly products. They offer a variety of products ranging  from commercial to consumer.

On of the cool things about this site is their  Green Standards program, applied to all products available through their website. As a consumer this is a tool to help you understand why a product is ‘green’ and to what extent it is eco-friendly. requires their suppliers and manufacturers to complete a questionnaire on every product before being considered for sale and then they apply a green standard to the product based on its  lifecycle  (source, manufacturing, impact, disposal).

The Web site also offers a good list of other organizations and links and green living tips.