Green Librarianship

August 14, 2007
Moderator: Brita Servaes

Session Notes

Started with introductions.

People talked about their frustrations.
  • Recyclables disposed of trash
  • Packaging, rolls of paper wrapped in plastic
  • Aerosoles.
  • Web based products, but backed up with printed manuals
  • Organization not conscious of the environment, styrofoam cups etc.
  • Printers that won't print double sided.

  • Free research guide, practical but also tying into Philosophy, connecting with global community
  • Engage the profession at large, use existing networks/organizations
  • Reusable coffee cups, Columbia Health sciences library gave out free coffee mugs.
  • Fresh Aire initiative - Fresh Aire
  • Programs/Collections based around being green
  • Charges for printing
  • Myth of the paperless Office - Book
  • Use a wiki instead of printing out your drafts
  • Freecycle
  • Materials for the Arts
  • Allow patrons to bring in used printer cartridges, return them to a refill place for a discount/free refills
  • Green Line Paper
  • A green library wiki
  • More conferences like this, or even virtual conferences.
  • Rebrand book sale into reread sale .. its not just about books its about recycling.
  • Partner with other recycling agencies
  • Energy Star
  • Low or No VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) for paint (improves air quality)
  • Specify furniture that does not use foam - specify green design furniture Green library furniture
  • Report bad air condition to OSHA
  • Use the biggest resource, the patrons. Allow green groups to meet in the library.
  • Use some of the existing networks, like Palinet, Incolsa etc to leverage buying power
  • Kilowatt meters - Kill-a-watt
  • Optional date due slip
  • Freegans might be willing to use unwanted items>
  • Set an example, influence the culture of an organization
  • Screensavers on reference computers

Green Librarian Organization

Blog Posts by Attendees

Other References to This Session

Monika Antonelli (2008) "The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond", Electronic Green Journal: Vol. 1: No. 27, Article 1.

Special Announcement

Arlington Public Library (Arlington, VA) will host a GREEN LIBRARY UNCONFERENCE on Earth Day -
April 22, 2008!
Watch for details!
Steve Carr