So, I’m taking an inventory of what digital assets I use in library instruction sessions. One that I use quite often is a hierarchy of journals for teaching about the levels of scholarliness articles found in our databases can have:
So I took the footprint calculator quiz and discovered much to my dismay that I’m an ecological hog. If everyone lived like me, we’d need 5.2 planet earths to provide enough resources. Just to support me, it takes 23 global acres of the earth’s productive area.
How does the US rate as a whole? Sadly, the gap between our ecological footprint and the planet’s biocapacity to sustain us has only widened in the past two years.
The planet’s not going to multiply, so how can I better fit the planet? To decrease my footprint I’ll:
- purchase products that use less packaging and those I do purchase will be made out of post-consumer recycled materials
- take less vacations involving air travel. I’ll continue to carpool and purchase vehicles with better fuel economy.
- buy locally produced food (less packaging, trasport costs and the like mean a smaller footprint)
- plant a fruit/vegetable garden and compost organic materials (zero packaging or transport costs).
- plan the week’s meals in advance to cut down on food waste, trips to the market and impulse buying
- buy second-hand items, especially for the kids who grow out of things so quickly (recycling that’s good for the earth and for the pocket-book)
- lower my thermostat by 4 degrees (and program it to stay low)
- continue to recycle (here’s a list of recyclables from the EPA)
- continue to use the green option from my public utilities provider
Here are even more ideas for living green.
The Small Business Administration and Department of Labor have partnered on a new website to help states offer assistance to local entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses.
The site is geared toward helping states take advantage of the $35 Million the federal government gave to states to implement Self-Employment Assistance programs to help those looking to create jobs in their communities.
These programs provide Unemployment Insurance recipients interested in starting a business with financial assistance, training and resources to get their businesses off the ground. Among the links to resources on the site, there is a link to the New York State fact sheet on how to apply for local assistance through this program.
Check out this great infographic of the ten most successful entrepreneurs under age 30.
This year, earthday.org is focusing their theme on facing climate change. To draw attention to the fact that climate change impacts us all, a global mosaic is being built. Organizers are asking folks to upload photos that include a face with a sign that says “The Face of Climate Change.” So go ahead and personalize your message to the world.
Ready to get your Geek on? The US Census Bureau has a new game where you can choose your brackets based on population tables. Who knew Texas was bigger than New York?!
Infographics have been around for centuries, from ancient cave paintings to modern subway maps to (probably the most recognizable infograph of all time) the Periodic Table published back in 1869.
Recently, infographics and info-art have gotten a second wind. Data visualization has have become a popular trend for folks who want to quickly and easily present complex information. It’s no wonder since we live in an age where data is being produced at exponential rates. In fact, Google executives estimate that every two days, we create as much data as we did between the “dawn of time through 2003.” Every two days! Much of this is generated from social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Four Square and the like.
The increasing number of easy-to-use tools available has also made it easier for those without a degree in design to generate creative infographics; and to share them with the masses via social media.
Here’s a few tools that you might try:
So I’m in Washington D.C. for the second time in almost as many years. The first time for ALA 2010 and now for Computers in Libraries. The last time I was here, my “must see” was the Lincoln Memorial. We started at the Washington Monument and hiked our way down beside the reflecting pool. Me being the geek that I am, I was quoting lines from that war protest scene in Forrest Gump the whole way… When we got to the Lincoln Monument and trudged up those stairs to that larger than life effigy, I was totally at a loss for words. I stood there and looked back the way we had come and was suddenly struck by the place from history in which I stood. It was a moment in time that I’ll never forget.
It’s two years later I’m back again in the capital district that’s suddenly crawling with librarians of every shape, size and background imaginable. This time I didn’t have to go far to be transported back in time. As it turns out, we’re staying at the Washington Hilton where in March of 1981 (incidentally the day before my birthday…) an assassination attempt was made on President Ronald Reagan.
I was only 7 years old at the time of the shooting, but remember the flurry it caused even in the little backwater town where I grew up.So as it turns out, the assassination attempt occurred at the back door of this very hotel, my hotel… Being the librarian I am, I looked up the incident on Wikipedia (hey, I was only 7 when it happened and a reference librarian is a reference librarian-we look stuff up!) then went around back to see the spot for myself. Again, I found myself standing in a place out of history.
In just a handful of decades, technology has come a long way in terms of computing storage. There were the punch cards in the 1960s, cassette tapes in the 1970s, floppy disks in the 1980s, CD-R and RW discs in the 1990s, and the 2000s saw the advent of thumb drives and SD cards.