Category Archives: Library Resources

Being an American Baby

I am listening to a presentation by Ricky Cobb & Troy Swanson in the library about being a citizen in America: “What Does It Mean to Be An “American”?: Identity, History and Self”. It’s part of the Confederates in the Attic: One Book One College event series.

The discussion has just begun, but is building to what is American Identity. How is the identity created or instilled? In essence, we learn it as we grow up… And, while listening, I am multitasking with email checking. This just came in:


A New Green History of the World

I wanted to share the link to a new resource in the library. This book,A new green history of the world: the environment and the collapse of great civilizations by Clive Ponting is in our library and available for you to take home. Here’s the publisher’s description:

  • Clive Ponting’s original and provocative history of human civilization—now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition Years ahead of its time. Clive Ponting captivated readers with A Green History of the World, his study of great civilizations and the causes of their fall. Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history. With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment. 

The Big Read – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Don Arnold, our Green Machine Sr. Applications Developer, shared this program with me as his wife is one of the coordinators of the program.  It is the Big Read held by ten libraries in the western suburbs of Chicago.  The book is a great one: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  It is the true story of a family who moves from the dry west to the foot of the Appalachian Mountains and vows to grow or get their food locally.  It is a great read.  The libraries have all kinds of great programming to go with the book: growing your own veggies, gardening, cooking local, movies, and so much more.  Check out the plethora of events here:

Green Web sites to Pass Along

Each week I pass along some Web sites from, and this week included some interesting sites relating to our green world. I thought I’d share them here.

  1. Green Job BoardsList of job boards “that focus on social or environmental responsibility.” The listings (some with annotations) cover general green jobs and jobs in specific industries such as solar energy and green building. From the Green Collar Blog, which provides news and resources on employment in environmental fields.  URL:
  2. Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon WorldThis report, released in October 2008, examines definitions and policies, employment impacts, and employment outlook for jobs that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment. Employment sectors discussed include energy supply alternatives, green and energy-efficient buildings, transportation, basic industry, food and agriculture, and forestry. Includes links to a report summary (also in French and Spanish) and press release. From the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).LII Item:
  3. Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon EconomyThis report, published in September 2008, “shows that the U.S. can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program.” Provides the full report, a summary of findings, and accompanying publications about the impact of a green recovery program on specific U.S. states. From the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts.URL:
  4. Greening the GhettoJanuary 2009 profile of Van Jones (born Anthony Jones), author of “‘The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems’ [in which] he argues that the best way to fight both global warming and urban poverty is by creating millions of ‘green jobs’ — weatherizing buildings, installing solar panels, and constructing mass-transit systems.” Includes background about Jones, and details about his views and ideas. From the New Yorker.URL TRUNCATED, SEE LII ITEMLII Item:
  5. Landmark Study on Green Collar JobsThis study (published in 2007 and released in February 2008), “found that green collar jobs are highly suitable for people who would typically struggle to find work.” Includes the full report, findings from which were based on interviews with more than 20 green businesses in Berkeley, California, and an executive summary and news story. From California State University; report author is an urban studies professor at San Francisco State University.URL: