Library Launches New Sustainability Resource Center

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of Sierra Nevada College’s new Sustainability Resource Center on Wednesday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Prim Library on the SNC campus.  This new library collection includes materials focused on economic, environmental and community sustainability specifically selected to meet the needs of the Tahoe Basin.

The formal program begins at 6:20 p.m. with a keynote address by Michael Ward, “The Power of One: Advancing the Future of Tahoe.”  Ward served as Project Manager for the Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan and helped to facilitate the establishment of the Tahoe Prosperity Center to oversee implementation of that plan.  His talk will explore ways in which each individual can foster the sustainability of the Basin through their personal choices and actions.

The Sustainability Resource Center has information appropriate to various ages and levels of expertise.  It is designed to serve as an information clearinghouse on a wide-range of topics, including recycling, water conservation, green practices for home and office, and energy-efficient transportation, as well as other area resources and organizations.  It is open to the community during regular library hours; local residents can register for borrowing privileges.  Resources will be cataloged through SNC’s online system and available for interlibrary loan within the state

SNC Library Director, Dr. Elizabeth Markle, developed the Center concept and curated its resources.  Markle hopes that the books, materials, DVDs, government publications and specialized databases “will provide the foundation for individual learning, as well as for collaborative opportunities and a shared vision” of how to shape the future of the Basin.  The project was funded by the Nevada State Library and Archives, through a program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.

SNC’s Prim Library opened in 2005.  Its overall collection exceeds 25,000 items, with an additional 6,000 electronically available books, 125 journals in paper format with others available electronically, and with over 75 online databases, both citation and full-text.