With spring in the air and Earth Day just around the corner, the time seems right to share some blogs and other online resources on the topic of green librarianship.
Going Green @ Your Library: Environmentally Friendly Practices for Libraries and Beyond!
This blog promotes “a greener library and greener future for all” by listing “ideas, practices, tools, and techniques to help libraries become more environmentally friendly, which can also save money or even raise money for the library in the process.” Recent posts include “How Green Is My PC?,” “Implementing a Green IT Program,” and “Saving Paper When Faxing.”
Founded in 2007, this website provides information on green and sustainable libraries. The primary resource to be found here is the Green Libraries Directory, which documents the growing number of green libraries within the U.S. and beyond. The site also lists resources for librarians who wish to learn more about sustainable practices.
Live Lightly, Read Wildly: A Summer Reading Program the Earth Can Live With
This Illinois-based blogger describes herself as “a librarian, parent, patron, college instructor and writer…creating positive and approachable environmental practices in the workplace.” Recent posts on eco-friendly practices in libraries and Summer Reading Programs focus on lamination reduction, crayon recycling, and encouraging the use of reusable canvas bags among library patrons in lieu of plastic bags.
Additional resources of interest include Ecolibrarian, the GreenLibraries wiki, and the American Library Association’s Task Force on the Environment.
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