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Earth DayTomorrow is Earth Day. Maybe you have a paper due about sustainability, or you just want to learn more about how you can live greener. The SDSU Library has a huge number of resources available that cover the whole gamut of the green movement and the environment. Here’s a few:

    Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise, by Gaylord Nelson with Susan Cambell and Paul Wozniak, with a foreword by Robert Kennedy, Jr. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002.
    3rd Floor Books, Call # GE195 .N45 2002

Have you ever wondered who created such a cool concept as Earth Day? We have some books that give you the history:

    The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson, by Bill Christofferson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
    3rd Floor Books, Call # E748.N43 C47 2004
    Not in Our Backyard: The People and Events that Shaped America’s Modern Environmental Movement, by Marc Mowrey and Tim Redmond. New York: W. Morrow, 1993.
    3rd Floor books, Call # GE180 .M68 1993

Do you need environment-themed project ideas for your children or elementary school class? Here’s an online resource from the Environmental Protection Agency I found in our online catalog:

If you prefer to watch something about the environment, we can help you there, too:

    Biosphere and Biosurvival: Nature of the Environmental Crisis (#2), videorecording, Media Center, TV3186V
    Show Me Science. Environmental Science, videorecording, Media Center, DVD-4668

Do you want to do further research on environmental issues? We have a research guides for environmental sciences and sustainability to get you started:

    Environmental Science:

If you need further assistance, each infoguide page provides the name and contact information of the librarian(s) who specializes in that area. Give them a call!

Happy Earth Day!


Exhibit posterWe received some excellent news late this Friday afternoon: The City of San Diego’s Historical Resources Board has selected the SDSU Library as a recipient of a 2011 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award for our Chicana & Chicano Archive Project! Is that cool or what? A display recognizing this year’s award recipients will be located in the lobby of the City Administration Building between May 16 through May 27, and the awards ceremony will be held on May 26.

You may remember the exhibit we held last fall titled “Unidos Por La Causa” that celebrated this collection. If you don’t, you can still take a look online.

This is quite an achievement. Kudos to the folks in Special Collections who created this project and to Interim Dean Mark Stover for nominating us. Can we get a round of applause!?!

automatic coffee machine in the SDSU LibraryShe can’t make clever, swirling designs in the foam of your latte, but she is on the job 24-hours a day, seven days a week, dispensing hot java to bleary-eyed, late-night library patrons.

In case you haven’t met “her” yet, she’s the automatic coffee machine that was installed earlier this semester in the 2nd floor hall between the dome and the 24/7 Study Area, just next to the vending machines. From what I hear, she does a brisk business. Black coffee, latte, cappuccino, short espresso, and even hot chocolate are her specialties, and she dispenses her steaming beverages for a cool $1.50. She may not be Starbucks, but she’ll taste awfully good at 2 a.m. when you’re running out of steam and you have two more hours of research to do!

The library doesn’t operate the coffee machine; an outside vendor owns and maintains it. An email address and telephone number are provided on the machine’s instruction panel if you have suggestions or need a refund.

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