NEW International Environment Library Consortium

The  IAMSLIC (International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers) blog introduces a new library consortium called International Environment Library Consortium.  This  consortium is made up of World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, and The Nature Conservancy, who came together to alleviate the problem so many of these non profit environmental  libraries face with access to information and ability to pay for the best and necessary resources. Consortiums allow for better group deals and achieve greater purchasing power which benefits all.   The purpose of the IELC is to provide research resources in the areas of environment, ecology, wildlife, natural resources, business, and economics.

Who can apply for membership? The IELC is open to not-for profit 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies working in environmental conservation.  Commitments for 2011 subscriptions will be made early November 2010. Contact the IELC Administrator for details:  Dawn Pointer McCleskey, Librarian , World Wildlife Fund. (202) 495-4636.

(special thanks @globallib for the heads up on this new consortium!)

Forget the paper evaluations at a workshop or conference! Try an online method such as where attendees and post  comments directly at the talks they attend and the speaker can view their feedback easily.  Registration is free and easy. You can also submit your event – if you want others to know about it – and get the word out through  Thanks for UNC Cause for using this at their conference upcoming in November in Wilmington NC  – looking forward to trying it out as a speaker and attendee!

Online Sustainability Leadership Program

Interested in getting certification yourself? or pass this along to your patrons!  Check out the  Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership Online Certificate. It’s designed for practitioners who want to improve their skills and knowledge of “best practices” in order to lead effective sustainability initiatives in their university, corporation, community, or municipality.  This  online professional certificate program combines the strengths of Ithaca College’s School of Business, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Department of Environmental Studies and Science, and their campus Sustainability Initiatives (awarded the 2008 Campus Leadership Award by the  AASHE – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)

50 Online Resources for LEED Certification just published a nice collection of resources on LEED certification called 50 Online Resources for LEED certification.  They include categories with links to sites that offer LEED Information and green building news and info on how to meet the standards, LEED education training and exam prep help,list of LEED experts, links to LEED materials and design guides, and LEED and green building forums. You can also check out the list on the right for more lists of resources relating to environmental topics or find a degree program through their search.

This website resource is not only good to pass along to your library patrons but useful if you are thinking about library green rebuild or getting LEED certification as a librarian. (Btw, I know several LEED AP certified librarians who rock: Anne Less, Ameet Doshi and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to name a few; if you want to know more about this idea, I’m sure they would be happy to be contacted 🙂

EBSCO’s new GREEN eBook Collections

EBSCO has two new GREEN  eBook collections:

Green Business Collection –
includes books like Business Guide to Sustainability : Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations, Creating Ecological Value : an Evolutionary Approach to Business Strategies and the Natural Environment and Good to Green : Managing Business Risks and Opportunities in the Age of Environmental Awareness (collection price $1500)

Green Technology Collection – contains books like Greening Through IT : Information Technology for Environmental Sustainability, Hybrid Vehicles and the Future of Personal Transportation, and Solar Cell Technology and Applications. (collection price $4000)

Think Green Live Clean

With young, involved, educated, eco conscious writers from all over the globe, Think Green Live Clean offers environmental news, tips, and guides –  short, simple info and ideas to help anyone find a way to start being green. Check out their Green Guides of categories Households (lighting, water, etc), College Students (books, school supplies, etc), Shopping (organic, meats, etc), and Business (jobs, lunch, etc).  Visit their website, find them on facebook, or twitter.  Have something to say? you can request to write for them as well. Right now, Think Green Live Clean has a contest for the Greenest Student (w/ an iPad giveaway!)

Call for Speakers: online green library conference

Call for Speakers for “Going Green @ Your Library 2: Working Green, Teaching Green” Amigos’ second Going Green @ Your Library online conference will be Wednesday, November 3, 2010. We are looking for librarians interested in sharing their ideas, experiences and excitement about green practices at their library. Our keynote speaker will be Monika Antonelli, co-editor of the forthcoming Greening Libraries (Library Juice Press, 2011) and Reference/Instruction Librarian at Minnesota State University Mankato. In addition to the keynote session, we hope to have two simultaneous tracks running throughout the day:

  • Working Green This track will focus on the green practices implemented in libraries. Some of the areas of interest include:
    • Green library buildings/renovations
    • Green IT
    • Green practices in the library (e.g. Green ILL, Green Cataloging)
  • Teaching Green This second track focuses on ways your library shows the way to be green to others in your community. Topics might include:
    • Green programming at the library
    • How your library facilitates research on environmental topics
    • Green by example: how your library leads others in implementing green practices Other topics are welcome!

Each session will be 45 minutes in length. If you’re i nterested in presenting, but have never done it online, don’t worry — we will teach you what you need to know! We welcome submissions from librarians in academic, public, school, and special libraries. To submit your presentation idea(s), go to and complete the submission form. Proposals will be accepted until September 30.

If you have questions, please contact us at

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Christine Peterson
Continuing Education Librarian
Amigos Library Services, Inc.
800-843-8482 x2891