Eco-Friendly Library Management

Is Your Library Running On Next-Generation Fuel?

Environmentalism and the “go green” initiative may have seemed like a trend at first -- with big-name celebrities boasting their eco-friendly habits to spark positive publicity -- but we assure you that it’s here to stay. It has to! For our planet to maintain and sustain, we have to treat it with green graciousness. That means putting some extra thought into wasting less, using less and, the purpose of this email: running your library with eco-friendly finesse. 

Take your library into the next generation and get it running it on eco-friendly fuel.

Think before you print.
Did you know that it takes 2.6 gallons of water to produce one sheet of 8.5” x 11” paper? Educate your patrons and staff on smart printing.

  • When you print an email or a web page, you’re sometimes printing much more than you want or need. Don’t let banner ads, long lists of email recipients, enlarged headings and extraneous information, images and sidebars fritter away your paper and ink/toner supplies.
  • Motivate patrons and staff to use “print preview” before printing, which allows them to eliminate anything they don’t need. This way, they’re only printing exactly what’s necessary and not wasting paper or ink on information that’s just going to get tossed in the recycling bin.
  • Make it known that pressing “print” with reckless abandon is not okay – for your library’s resources and costs or Mother Earth. To encourage good behavior, set up a university-wide competition in which participants get a point for each page they print -- at the end of the month, the one with the least amount of points gets some type of reward or perk from your library.
  • STOP, don’t print that PDF! Save it and search it with electronic document management.

Out with the old and in with the new.
There’s truth to that saying, “Newer is better.” Not always, of course, but in this case, it certainly applies.

  • Newer hardware uses much less energy than the old, clunky equipment. This is thanks to the tag-team effort of ever-advancing technology and the growing trend toward conscientious engineering and lean design.
  • Handouts and pamphlets are a thing of the past. When making presentations, the next-generation library patron needs a tablet. Set up a station for tablet reservations with countdown timers. 

Take it to the cloud.
Most of your library patrons (especially the students) live, breathe, sleep and read in the cloud. It’s time for your library to follow suit. Dedicate your library to reducing your hardware, which increases reliability, streamlines services and cuts costs. Plus, your patrons will love you for it.

  • Use Google Apps for education and Office 365 to host emails and documents.
  • Capitalize on digital assets, like virtual document management and cloud-based book scanning service, instead of outdated, paper-reliant practices.
  • It’s all about SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Get rid of all the servers that are holding on to passé PaaS (Platform as a Service). IaaS is the core of any cloud.
  • Need a compromise? Throw in a dash of public and a splash of private with “hybrid cloud” architecture. Hybrid cloud leverages both on-premises resources and off-site, cloud-based infrastructure, providing you with the flexibility of in-house applications and the scalability, continuity and efficiency of virtual services.
    • Public cloud: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), IBM’s Blue Cloud, Sun Cloud, Google AppEngine, Windows Azure Services Platform, etc.
    • Private cloud: Infrastructure that operates solely for your organization, whether managed internally or by a third party and hosted internally or externally. Data is accessible to only certain members of the public. 

Keep data “on the DL [down low].”
With 50 billion devices connecting to the internet this year, you need to make sure your patrons’ privacy is protected. How are you managing all of your cloud-based devices and scanning software? Make sure your patrons are getting all the efficiencies and opportunities of cutting-edge library technology without compromising their privacy.

Keep your library relevant to the next-generation library patron with cloud-based library technology and digital book scanning from Scannx. Fill out this contact form or call (925) 425-0151 to learn more about turning the page in your library’s services with the Scannx Book ScanCenter™.