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August 14, 2007
Moderator: Brita Servaes
Started with introductions.
People talked about their frustrations.
Recyclables disposed of trash
Packaging, rolls of paper wrapped in plastic
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 -
Programs/Collections based around being green
Charges for printing
Myth of the paperless Office
Use a wiki instead of printing out your drafts
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
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 -
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
Set up a Special interest group
Radical Reference wiki
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.
Arlington Public Library (Arlington, VA) will host a GREEN LIBRARY UNCONFERENCE on Earth Day -
April 22, 2008!
Watch for details!
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