Top 10 Books on Sustainability for 2013


Donna Seaman has produced a list of  titles and summaries that focus in some way on sustainability – well work checking out!

3rd Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: Social Entrepreneurship in Action

entrelogoPlease join us  for the 3rd Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: Social Entrepreneurship in Action May 16-17, 2013 on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro but also sponsored by sponsored by the libraries of Wake Forest University and UNCG.

An exciting lineup of keynote speakers including Brian Matthews (The Ubiquitous Librarian), Michael Porter (Library Renewal) and Mandy Henk (The People’s Library from Occupy Wall Street) along with dynamic presenters who will share the ways in which a wide variety of librarians engage in social entrepreneurship to promote social change in their communities and beyond. Visit us on Facebook!

This conference will provide a forum to:

  • Share and celebrate the social entrepreneurial accomplishments of librarians and information professionals
  • Inspire each other to innovate and promote change
  • Create a community to promote entrepreneurial practices .

Register with the Early Bird rate of $110 through March 15, and save $20.
After March 15, $130.

questions? I’m on the planning team so you can email me directly!

Study: Divesting From Fossil-Fuel Companies at Colleges

Is there hold back about pushing your campus to avoid fossil fuel companies might bring down monies brought to campus? Interesting  article from Jan. 29th  Chronicle of Higher Education  “Divesting From Fossil-Fuel Companies Is Unlikely to Harm Endowments, Report Says”   A study  by  the Aperio group states that “divesting from fossil-fuel companies does not necessarily add value to a portfolio, it does not subtract value from it either. ”  Also the article notes that  about 200 colleges have student groups pushing for their schools to divest in fossil fuel companies. Check out the Filthy 15 for key companies to avoid especially coal-burning power. (hmm hard for us here in southeast with states that are sadly not on board with alternatives right now, and think fracking is only other answer)

If you are an ALA member the Social Responsibilities Round Table has been trying to push an ALA resolution on Divestment of Holding in Fossil Fuel Companies as a social responsibility for the ALA.  At midwinter last month, the resolution was not passed  since it first needs to go through the  Budget and Review Committee (BARC) for study of possible financial impact on ALA  but stay tuned  by joining in SRRT or viewing their mailing list archives for information.

Webcast: “Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”

Free webcast offered by the Blended Librairan Online Community called “Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”   on February 21st, 2013 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET.  Presenter is Heidi Steiner, Head of Digital and Distance Education Services and Assistant Professor at the Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University. Sign up now! 


Sustainability is not just about fuel efficient cars, composting and ethically sourced food. The concept is also readily applicable to library instruction programs, many of which are on unsustainable paths. Incorporating more online instruction holds great promise, but does not have to mean expensive tutorial creation software and web conferencing suites, expansive embedded librarian initiatives, or burnt out teaching librarians at mid-semester. This webcast will provide practical tips and resources for creative, cost-effective and sustainable online library instruction using the cycle of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Seed Bank Libraries

SeedLibrary2311A great piece on NPR recently on   How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank where  a partnership between the Basalt Public Library (CO) and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute have created this wonderful seed bank.

There are a few other seed bank libraries as well: A past blog post from July 2010 on Richmond (CA) seed lending library.  Rebecca has a blog  – –  on creating your own seed lending library and San Fran now has two branches lending seeds!

Other libraries like Fairfield Woods Branch have a seed to seed series;  Alameda Free Library also offers similar service;  and East Palo Alto Seed Library has started a seed lending library partnership with Collective Roots.

If you know of more libraries with seed lending services or banks, please comment or email me! 


3/5/13 Thanks alaskadragonfly for this awesome list of Seed Lending Libraries!!