THANKS FOR ATTENDING Poll Question: In what type of a library do you currently work?
WORKSHOP GOALS Workshop Goals: Practical ideas for how to be green, teach green and lead green. Introduce environmentally-friendly, money- saving initiatives that fit your existing building and services. Provide ideas for hands-on activities that will help you raise green awareness Offer ideas on how to get your community involved.
WHAT IS IT TO BE GREEN Green is about sustainability. Going green is making choices that protect, preserve and replenish the Earth’s resources.
@ YOUR LIBRARY A primary role of the library is to connect people with the information they need The library is well positioned to gain the attention of the community and connect users with information on sustainability, green choices and environmental concerns. Think of your library as community wealth.
LIBRARIES AS AN ESSENTIAL LINK “Social equity is a core mission for libraries, accomplished through the strategic location of branches and mobile libraries and the delivery of programs and technology for all. On the environmental front, libraries naturally provide information, but they also serve as local models and laboratories for green practices.” Landgraf, G. (2010). ULC report: Libraries are sustainability partners. American Libraries. Retrieved from http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/12072010/ulc-report-libraries-are-sustainability-partners. Libraries are the necessary link between companies like doing the right thing and the public being able to recognize and understand what the right thing is.
STANDARD FOR SUCCESS Triple bottom line Economic prosperity (Profit) Environmental stewardship (Planet) Social responsibility (People)
WHY THE LIBRARY? Libraries are a local business looking for growth opportunities Unique connection with the people/community Ability to communicate with local businesses Libraries serve people who can directly affect change Businesses Business people Families Teachers Authors Libraries are strong participants in sustainable solutions
Library Roles in “Going Green”1. Doer2. Publicizer3. Catalyst
LIBRARY AS “DOER”—THE PRACTICE OF BEING GREEN Information retrieval Information delivery OperationalInformation retrievalAggregated databasesBooksWeb-based atmosphereQuestion: Is your library already green?
AS A PRACTICE—INFORMATION DELIVERY--INTERLIBRARY LOAN Balance Benefit—sharing materials Cost—Packaging, Shipping, Paper use, Waste In search of a sustainable solution…
AS A PRACTICE—INFORMATION DELIVERY—DOCUMENT DELIVERYSERVICES
AS A PRACTICE—INFORMATIONDELIVERY—GOOGLE SCHOLAR
AS A PRACTICE—INFORMATIONDELIVERY—WEB BASED ATMOSPHERE OPAC Federated and discovery searches Webpages Blogs Text Messages “Ask a Librarian” Services Refworks LibGuides
AS A PRACTICE—INFORMATIONDELIVERY—ASK A LIBRARIAN
AS A PRACTICE RefWorks RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. LibGuides A web 2.0 content management and library knowledge sharing system. Libraries use it to create attractive multimedia content, share knowledge and information, and promote library resources to the community. LibGuides is a sustainable solution for subject guides, information portals, course guides, community guides, research help, faculty/teacher support, etc.
AS A PRACTICE--OPERATIONAL Consider How is the item packaged? Consider an item’s useful life How will the item eventually be disposed of? Purchasing Power Look for Green Seal products GS-8 standard Look for Energy Star ratings for office equipment
AS A PRACTICE—OPERATIONAL Indoor Updates Natural Stone (not synthetics) Glass (not plastic) Sustainable wood (eucalyptus) Lighting Use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs Motion-activated sensors Vampire power Paint Use nontoxic, low VOC (volatile organic compound). Light color paint reflects the sun’s heat
AS A PRACTICE--OPERATIONAL Transportation How do people get to your library? Walk Sidewalks Bus or Train Schedules (Personalized?) Shelter Bike Route maps Bike Rack Carpool Employees Patrons
AS A PRACTICE--OPERATIONAL Outdoor updates Landscape with native plants Climate-appropriate species will reduce water needs Do you need a lawn? Consider rocks, bark and other ground cover.
IDEAS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRYDo you have an “green” operational example you can share?
AS A PRACTICE--SERVICES MARC Records 590 field—local definition and use Information is searchable and included in the public view 590 #a Printed on recycled paper 590 #a Printed on tree-free paper
AS A PRACTICE--SERVICES Weeding Collection development policy When and How the weeding should be done What should be done with the materials that are discarded Texas State Library and Archives Commission Recycle Book cart Resell. Friends book sales or a company Superseded Ugly ElsewhereMisleading Trivial Irrelevant
LIBRARY AS “PUBLICIZER”—TEACHING GREEN Information literacy Programming Curriculum integration
AS A TEACHER--INFORMATION LITERACY The ability to Recognize that there is an information need, The ability to Locate information to answer that question, The ability to Evaluate the answer found.
AS A TEACHER--ENVIRONMENTALLITERACY Environmental literacy A new role for the library is to educate users in environmental literacy. Environmental literacy is a part of information literacy—it is the ability to recognize that one’s choices impact the environment; to identify the most sustainable solution for the situation; and to be able to act in the most environmentally friendly way on that solution. Public libraries have the opportunity to educate their community in environmental literacy by example, through education and by providing access to information about going green.
AS A TEACHER—TRAINING VEHICLES Teaching vehicles available @ a library 1. Websites 2. Public forum space 3. Formal courses 4. Make the commitment and the educational opportunities will fall into place
AS A TEACHER—ADULT WORKSHOPS What a library can educate Educate users on labeling http://www.greenerchoices.org/eco-labels/labelIndex.cfm Plan and plant a library butterfly garden http://www.TheButterflySite. Com How to read digitally
AS A TEACHER—TEEN WORKSHOPS Recycled book art Book paper flowers Graphic art Book treasure boxes
AS A TEACHER—CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS Guest Reader Invite local business/community/teachers leaders to read green books Craft projects Discarded CDs can be turned into art or sun catchers Environmental drawings http://www.abrakadoodle.com/project_cds.htm
AS A TEACHER—FAMILY WORKSHOPS Chicago Public Library
AS A TEACHER—CURRICULUMINTEGRATION University of North Carolina Greensboro Path: Lighting the way from research to writing (Ten module asynchronous research tutorial) Recycling theme
Williams, B.F. (2011). Embedding your green message through asynchronous learning.Electronic Green Journal. 1, 32. Retrieved from http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4vt250k7.
AS A TEACHER—CURRICULUMINTEGRATION (ACADEMIC) Current Academic Library survey “This survey is specifically interested in exploring the level of engagement of academic libraries and library and information studies (LIS) schools in the emerging focus of teaching sustainability across the curriculum. The purpose of the study is to provide a snapshot of library services and practices in support of institutional curricular and research needs including open access, retaining author rights, building sustainability- related collections and research guides, incorporating sustainability content into instruction and teaching, collaborating on sustainability projects, as well as reporting and seeking funding for sustainability efforts.” https://academictrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8Ds9A1yindrZLlG
IDEAS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY Do you have an “green” teaching example/program you can share?
LIBRARY AS “CATALYST”—LEADING GREEN Providing Access to information about being green Special Collections Economic development Awards
AS A LEADER--ACCESS TO INFORMATION Purchasing materials that help inspire green ideas Connecting users with green information through websites, blogs, posters and displays Offering community space for groups discussing green initiatives.
AS A LEADER—ACCESS TO INFORMATION Information resources to help companies develop team interest and commitment EPA Databases and Software Client Energy Savings Calculator (Dell) Paper Calculator Fuel Consumption Calculator Business Carbon Calculator Business and Organization Carbon Calculator Household Emissions Calculator Carbon Footprint Calculator Is Your Home Energy Efficient? Go Recycle Game
AS A LEADER—SPECIAL COLLECTIONS Libraries can serve as an information repository for information on sustainable materials.University of Minnesota Forestry LibraryUniversity of Maryland Digital Commons— Environmental FilmsPace University—Environmental Law Review
AS A LEADER—ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT “Libraries often function as catalysts for economic development, the report found, because their reputation as safe community assets make them desirable neighbors. But their programs also aid local economies, by providing valuable information to entrepreneurs, supporting education and early literacy, and helping job- seekers to improve their skills and find employment.” Landgraf, G. (2010). ULC report: Libraries are sustainability partners. American Libraries. Retrieved from http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/12072010/ulc-report-libraries-are- sustainability-partners.
Communicate your green initiatives withlocal government, media and businesses.
AS A LEADER—ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT In 2012, The Little Rock Sustainability Summit featured methods on how to help conserve energy within businesses. The keynote speaker was LOreals Pam Alabaster who discussed the company’s green initiative, a project that has saved the company millions. A panel discussion was also held with heads from companies such as AT&T, Wal-Mart and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. *** The annual Sustainability in Business: Vision, Practice and Education conference at Argosy University in Eagan, MN draws together various members of academia, business, government, and nonprofit organizations and to discuss the interconnection between the economy, society and the natural environment. The annual event has included representatives of organizations such as IBM, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Cargill, Lockheed Martin, Sustainability Consortium, and Schmidt Printing.
AS A LEADER—AWARDS Santa Monica Public Library Green Prize for Sustainable Literature School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) Earth Flag Certification
IDEAS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRYDo you have an example of how your library has partnered with a business?
AS A LEADER—ACTION PLAN A first step in becoming green is to develop an action plan that can serve as a road map for the directions and choices your library makes. Template Description of the project Project goals Become a community leader in environmental education Establish environmentally friendly practices in library facilities. Increase community awareness of environmentally friendly practices through library programming Timeline Include tasks, persons responsible and status
AS A LEADER Business Plan Template @ http://web.sba.gov/busplantemplate/BizPlanStart.cfm
TODAY’S WORKSHOP 1. Demonstrated that libraries can be green “Doers”, “Publicizers” and “Catalysts”. 2. Outlined practical ideas for how to be green, teach green and lead green. 3. Introduced environmentally-friendly, money- saving initiatives that fit your existing building and services. 4. Provided ideas for hands-on activities that will help you raise green awareness. 5. Offered ideas on how to get your community involved.
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