2007-12-21 11:46:33 UTC
In particular, are library collections being updated with resources for green living and sustainable communities? Having worked in a public library system for 25 years, I know that the librarians selecting books for the collection are always glad to have input from the public about titles available and their recommendations as to which are best. It's a public library and the public should be part of the input as to selections for the collection. If so, what principles and practices are librarians using to guide their acquisitions? Librarians also rely on professional tools including review services, recommendations in other literature (lists of books included in books) and sources (other publications such as popular topical magazines, newspapers, media in general), and their readers. But again public input is key. Also, to what extent are libraries doing public education to help the general public understand and reduce their impact on the environment? Finally, do librarians any particular support to help foster green collections and educational programming? Some libraries (two branch libraries in Lincoln, Nebraska, for instance) were designed and built as "green" with choices made in building materials, energy systems, site orientation and other aspects to demonstrate the move toward green buildings. The libraries have signs near all of the various materials, systems and features that are green identifying and briefly explaining each. As for public programming, again it's sometimes a matter of the public identifying needs for programming and the library following up on the public's input. Best to work with local groups and organizations in planning, publicizing and doing the programming.
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CFLs Need Special Handling for Recycling
2007-05-13 06:33:20 UTC
CFLs are great for energy savings but need special handling for recycling because of the mercury they contain. Here are two web sites where you can learn how to safely dispose of these bulbs.
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