Going Green

No, "going green" doesn’t refer to St. Patrick’s Day. That’s in March; this is June. SLA has various initiatives to help the environment. The conference bags this year, for example, are fabric rather than plastic, and made from recycled materials. There are recycling areas throughout the convention center.

One exhibitor who’s really stepped up to the green plate is EBSCO. They’re offering SLA members free access to their GreenFILE., which is on the EBSCOhost platform. From the EBSCO description on the SLA website:

"GreenFILE offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and local/national governments, as well as measures to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 380,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records."

This supplements the database EBSCO had already made available to SLA members: LISTA:

"Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes nearly 690 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s. The thesaurus in LISTA includes 6,800 terms, 2,700 of which are preferred terms."

My only gripe with GreenFILE is that, once you’ve clicked over to it from the SLA site, you can’t use the back arrow to return to the SLA website.

There’s other environmental, "going green" stuff going on at SLA hedquarters, plus SLA’s president, Stephen Abram, is accepting nominations for a special Presidential Citation honoring SLA "Knowledge to Go Green" Champions. Recipients will be announced at the SLA Leadership Summit in January 2009 to mark the inaugural year of SLA’s Knowledge to Go Green initiative.  You can nominate individual SLA members as well as SLA units that have implemented green policies or made significant changes in their way of doing business. The deadline to apply or nominate for the Green Champion presidential citation is 15 November 2008.

Marydee Ojala

Editor, ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals


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