Green Libraries

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A presentation for the SOS2010, the 2010 Students of Sustainability Conference held in Adelaide, July 4 - 8 at Flinders University.

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  • Green Libraries

    1. 1. GREEN LIBRARIES Katie Hannan, 5 July, 2010 Students of Sustainability
    2. 2. GREEN LIBRARIES Green libraries operate in a sustainable way. They use resources wisely. Green building design can increase comfort for the occupants, including staff (McCarthy, 2007 p. 124).
    3. 3. IDEAL PLACES Libraries are well positioned within existing community frameworks to promote sustainable living. Public libraries are perfect places to promote sustainability. Why?
    4. 4. STATISTICS 1,515 public library service points (1,437 fixed point libraries and 78 mobile libraries) 46% of Australia’s total population are members of public libraries Over 67% of public libraries are open for more than 30 hours each week Total expenditure on public libraries has increased from $651 million in 2003-2004 to $830 million in 2007-08
    5. 5. COMPUTERS 7,821 terminals provide Internet access 1,566 public access computer terminals were provided for word processing, CD-ROM use etc That’s 9, 387 computers - just for the public to use (National and State Libraries Australasia, 2009)
    6. 6. YOUR LIBRARY How sustainable is your public library? Are the computers left on at night time? Can customers and staff recycle paper, drink containers? Can you park your bike out the front? Is the library easily accessible via public transport? Is water recycled?
    7. 7. GREEN BUILDINGS Cooroy Library, Queensland The Grove Library, Western Australia Woodcroft Library, South Australia Surrey Hills Library, New South Wales East Melbourne Library, Victoria
    8. 8. GREEN PROGRAMS How to keep chooks in your backyard Green Steps Workshops Environment Month Healthy Green Living in Our Community
    9. 9. YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY IS FOR YOU Help your local library become a green library Find your local library Join up Conduct your own covert sustainability report
    10. 10. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS Get to know your local council Do they have any sustainability targets? What do their strategic planning documents say?
    11. 11. WHAT CAN YOU DO? As a library customer..........? As a member of an sustainability related organisation..........?
    12. 12. WEBSITES Australian Libraries Gateway - http://www.nla.gov.au/libraries/ ACT - http://www.library.act.gov.au/mylibrary/locations NSW - http://www.nswnet.net/databases/libweb.cfm NT - http://www.lyl.nt.gov.au/ QLD - http://www.libraries.slq.qld.gov.au/ SA - http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/ TAS - http://www.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/aboutus/findus Victoria - http://www.libraries.vic.gov.au/librarylocator/ WA - http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/find/electronic_resources/databases_from_home/local_goverment_authorities
    13. 13. CONTACT ME Katie Hannan katie@lost.net.au http://lost.net.au/ 0421346978 Presentation available on SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/katiehannan/presentations

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