GreenTech

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Serverthin-client or shared-resource-computing software solution in which one host computer is shared by multiple users simultaneously. Basically, it allows one computer to serve several people in a lab or library at very low cost and with minimum maintenance. Find out more in our upcoming webinar, Lower Your Public Access PC Lab Costs.

Paper's Shocking Statistics

This roster of shocking statistics about wasting paper was originally part of TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative's Reduce Your Paper Use challenge.

These statistics, we hope, convey why it is so important to conserve paper in your organization's office.

Free Tools for Determining Your Library's Energy Use

According to the EPA, buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the U.S. and 72% of the electricity generated. There is a direct link between the amount of energy your library consumes and the annual operating expenses for your building. Once you manage your library's energy consumption and loss, your utility expenditures will go down, allowing funding to be directed to other programs.

Green Your Altoids Tins for Technology Uses

I was out of town this weekend and my rental car didn't have a USB connection, which I discovered I've become quite addicted to in my own car. It's a shame I hadn't read Brett McKay's blog post on 5 Tech-Related Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin. What great fun these ideas would be to use in a technology workshop.

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Are E-Readers Greener than Books?

Currently the top selling electronic devices are e-readers like the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Sony Reader, and also the Apple iPad, which runs the iBooks application, a free e-book reader program and gateway to Apple's iBookstore. The question is: are e-readers greener than books?

Confessions of a Paper Person

I like paper. My boss once labeled me a "Paper Person" after admitting that she doesn't use paper. Notebooks, notes, stickies: you have no place on her immaculate desk! And then there's my desk... I take notes, I have checklists, I read magazines, books, and I prefer to read printed copies of content I find online. That last admission is a hard pill to swallow, but it's true.

It IS easy being green.

I'm part of a ThinkTank that is comprised of librarians and industry leaders interested in green practices in libraries. We've met just a few times, but what seems to surface during each meeting is our desire to debunk green and make it easy.