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Public Libraries Going Green
Kathryn Miller
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1018-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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120 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1018-4
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, C

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Going green is now a national issue, and patrons expect their library to respond in the same way many corporations have. Libraries are going green with logos on their Web sites, programs for the public, and a host of other initiatives. This is the first book to focus strictly on the library’s role in going green, helping you with
  • Collection development, disposal, and recycling issues
  • Green equipment, technology, and facilities
  • Programming ideas and supporting tables and figures
  • Ways to get the community involved in the process
Highly practical and bursting with ideas, this guide will serve as a quick reference source for going green in your library.
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction vii

1. The Library’s Green Role 1
2. The Library as a Green Place 9
3. Green Services at Your Library 25
4. The Library as Green Teacher 63

Appendix: Pathfinders 77

Resources 89

Index 97
About the Author

Kathryn Miller is assistant vice president of academic resources at Argosy University in Orlando, Florida. Her educational preparation includes a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana, a JD from the University of Akron, an MLS from Kent State University in Ohio, a Library Media Specialist certification from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and an EdD in Adult Education from National-Louis University, Chicago, where she worked on staff until 2009. She also engaged in professional development in 2007 at the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and has an extensive background in presentation and publication, covering topics ranging from copyright to online learning styles to library weeding projects. Dr. Miller worked in Michigan as a librarian at the Detroit Public Library and the West Bloomfield Public Library.

"The book emphasizes the public library’s responsibility to set an example of environmental responsibility while also educating and supporting our communities to help them move forward on environmental initiatives. It is a tall order, but it is also hard to argue against--public libraries are in a prime position to educate and influence our communities as a whole. In a time when libraries are struggling to justify their worth, this may be an opportunity to fill a much-needed role as environmental ambassadors to our communities ... For its quick reference potential and comprehensible style, this title is recommended for and will be most appreciated by those looking for an overview of how to get started in operating a green library that offers environmental services to its community."
--The Idaho Librarian

"Kathryn Miller suggests that the time has come for public libraries to accept the challenge to connect their community to environmental awareness and provide the education needed to change habits and lessen impacts on the environment. Her book is an interesting mix of green catchphrases and motherhood slogans combined with very practical tips on ways that libraries can become community leaders in environmental awareness."
--The Australian Library Journal

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