Laura L. Barnes

Sustainability Information Curator/GLRPPR Executive Director

One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
phone: 217-333-8957
fax: 217-333-8944
l-barnes@illinois.edu

Laura Barnes

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). Links to information resources she has developed are available in Laura's portfolio.

As GLRPPR’s executive director, Laura develops and directs regional programs to benefit the organization’s members. She collaborates 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 Social Media Best Practices LibGuide.

Laura also develops and teaches workshops related to greening the organization and research strategies for locating and using sustainability information.

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
  • teaching public librarians to become community sustainability leaders.

Current Research Projects

Professional Skills

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

Professional Services

  • American Library Association
    • ACRL/STS Science Resources Discovery & Access Committee (2013-2015)
  • Illinois Library Association
    • 2014 Conference Planning Committee (2013-2014)
    • Leadership Forum Manager (2011-2013)
    • Executive Board (2004-2007, 2010-2013)
    • 2010 Conference Planning Committee (2009-2010)
    • Awards Committee (2008-2010)
  • Special Libraries Association
    • Government Relations Chair, Illinois Chapter (2002-2007, 2011-2012)
    • Board of Directors, Illinois Chapter (2000-2002)
    • Student Travel Award evaluation committee (2010)
  • Lincoln Trail Libraries System Board of Directors (1997-2000, 2002-2008)
    • Chair, Membership Committee (1999-2000, 2004-2007)
    • Secretary (2006-2008)
  • Synergy, The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative
    • Participant (2002-2003)
    • Selection Committee (2006-2007)

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 (2016-2018), 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

Presentations

  • Barnes, Laura L. "Finding the Pollution Prevention Information You Need When You Need It." Presented at the 2017 Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (Minneapolis, MN, May 2, 2017)
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Utilizing Public Data to Target Technical Assistance." Presented as a webinar for the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center (online, March 10, 2016).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Sifting Through the Internet to Find the P2 Info You Can Use." Presented as a webinar for the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (online, May 18, 2015); Presented to Illinois EPA P2 Intern Program participants (Springfield, IL, May 19, 2015).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Using Public Data to Identify Technical Assistance Targets." Presented at the Triple Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (St. Louis, MO, April 2, 2015).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Greening Libraries: Getting Started." Presented as a webinar for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable and co-sponsored by the Illinois Green Office Challenge. (online, October 28, 2014).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Using GLRPPR (and other P2Rx Centers) to Identify Hazardous Substance Reduction Resources." Presented at U.S. EPA Region 5 Hazardous Substances Reduction Training (Chicago, IL, December 5, 2013).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Greening Your Library: Sustainable Practices for a New Generation." Presented as a webinar for Special Libraries Association Illinois Chapter. (online, November 22, 2013).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Getting Started with Sustainability." Presented as a webinar for U.S. EPA’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program as part of their 2013 Small Business Sustainability Webinar Series. (online, March 11, 2013).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Pollution Prevention Information: What's Out There and Where to Find It." Presented as webinar for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (online, December 12, 2012); Presented live at the 16th Annual Indiana Partners in Pollution Prevention Conference: P2 at the Crossroads (Plainfield, IN, September 25, 2013).
  • Barnes, Laura L. and Nancy Holm. "The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center." Presented at University of Illinois Extension Educators Conference (Champaign, IL, November 29, 2012).
  • Barnes, Laura L. “Going Green at Home: Home Energy Efficiency.” Presented to the Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce (Decatur, IL, July 11, 2012).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Sustainability in School Libraries," Presented as part of ALA Webinar Exploring Sustainable Practices in Libraries (part of ALA’s Libraries for Sustainability Webinar series). (online, April 24, 2012).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Green Libraries: Getting Started." Presented to the American Library Association Student Group, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (Champaign, IL, March 26, 2012).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "How to Build a Collection Without a Budget." Presented to Information Services in the Sciences, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (Urbana, IL , March 5, 2012).
  • Barnes, Laura L. "Greening the Home (60 minute library program)." Presented at the Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, IL, September 22, 2011); Chillocothe Public Library (Chillicothe, IL, September 29, 2011); Decatur Public Library (Decatur, IL, February 23, 2012 and April 26, 2012).

Publications

  • Bannon-Nilles, Phyllis and Laura L. Barnes (2017). Spotlight on Illinois' Manufacturing Sector. Champaign, IL : Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. (Online at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/95700.
  • Bannon-Nilles, Phyllis, Laura L. Barnes, and Suma Vangala (2016). The Economic and Environmental Impact of Great Lakes Manufacturing: Snapshot of Emissions, Pollution Prevention Practices, and Economic Impact Using Public Data. Champaign, IL : Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. (Online at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90988).
  • Bannon-Nilles, Phyllis and Laura L. Barnes (2015). Spotlight on U.S. EPA Region 5's Food Manufacturing and Processing Industry. Champaign, IL : Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. (Online at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/88688).
  • Barnes, Laura L.  and Sowyma Anand (2015). Assessing the Information Needs of Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Providers in the Great Lakes Region. Champaign, IL : Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. (Online at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/74806).
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2015).  Ammonia, Hydrochloric Acid, Hydrogen Sulfide, N-hexane, Nitric Compounds, and Sulfuric Acid in the Food Processing Industry. Champaign, IL : Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. (Online at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/77867)
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2012). "Green Buildings as Sustainability Education Tools." Library Hi Tech 30(3), 397-407. DOI: 10.1108/07378831211266546 (Full text).
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2012). “Green Libraries Resource Guide.” In Greening Libraries (Antoinelli, M. and McCullough, M., eds), Los Angeles CA : Library Juice Press, 167-192.
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2011). “Social Bookmarking Sites: A Review.Collaborative Librarianship 3(3), 180-182.
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2010). “Social Bookmarking Sites as Collection Development Tools.The Informant: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of the Special Libraries Association Spring 2010, 3.
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2009). “You Want Me To Do WHAT? Lessons Learned from Mary Ellen Bates and the Special Library Trenches.Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, no. 58 (Summer).
  • Barnes, Laura L. (2008). "Libraries Can Go Green." ILA Reporter 26(5), 47.