Laura L. Barnes

Sustainability Information Curator
GLRPPR Executive DirectorLaura Barnes

One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
 217-333-8957
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Laura L. Barnes has been an information professional with ISTC since 1991. As ISTC’s Sustainability Information Curator, Laura provides information services to ISTC staff. These include: developing new information resources; responding to inquiries from ISTC staff and external clients seeking both scientific/technical and general environmental information; conducting orientations to University Library resources; proactively identifying funding opportunities, research papers, and other publications of interest to ISTC researchers; and authoring the Environmental News Bits blog (http://envnewsbits.wordpress.com). She also manages ISTC's social media accounts and coordinates web site content. Links to information resources she has developed are available in Laura’s portfolio.

As GLRPPR’s executive director, Laura developed and directed regional programs to benefit the organization’s members. She collaborated with the staff of the other centers in the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange’s national network to develop national pollution prevention information and networking tools, which include the Pollution Prevention 101 LibGuide and the Tools for TAPs LibGuide.

Education

  • B.A., History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

Although Laura is not a researcher, her areas of professional interest include: using social media to promote pro-environmental behavior; identification and application of new tools for managing information and curating content, particularly on the web; data visualization; behavior change as it relates to sustainability; and teaching public librarians to become community sustainability leaders.

Current Research Projects

Professional Skills

  • Social media (particularly Twitter and Facebook); Expert at locating, organizing, and curating information; Extensive experience with technical editing.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Library Association Best Practices Committee (2018-2020)

Funded Grants

  • Pollution Prevention Information Network Proposal for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR), U.S EPA Pollution Prevention Information Network grant program, $220,000 (2016-2019), P.I.
  • Pollution Prevention Information Network Proposal for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR), U.S EPA Pollution Prevention Information Network grant program, $109,278 (2015-2016), P.I.
  • Pollution Prevention Information Network Proposal for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR), U.S EPA Pollution Prevention Information Network grant program, $107,012 (2014-2015), P.I.
  • Pollution Prevention Information Network Proposal for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) U.S EPA Pollution Prevention Information Network grant program, $96,816 (2013-2014), P.I.

Awards and Highlights

  • 2013 Green Books Festival award for Best Business Book for Greening Libraries.
  • 2012 Special Libraries Association-Illinois Chapter Author Award for “Green Buildings as Sustainability Education Tools.”

Recent Publications and Presentations

    Publications and presentations are available on IDEALS.

 

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