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The Solar Cyclists were escorted into town by the Gainesville Cycling Club.
Tim Byrne of the US Department of Energy (DOE) taught a free 3-hour, hands-
on training session on DOE databases. Participants learned to navigate DOE
databases, develop query formulation, and database-specific search
techniques. The training familiarized participants with major web sites and the
use of databases through individual and federated searching. The resources
covered were .gov resources freely accessible to anyone with an Internet
connection. The session highlighted information that is available from 14
federal agencies and the international scientific community. There were 22
participants from over 14 places on and off campus.
The University of Florida Libraries received a mini-grant to host three British cyclists (Susie Wheeldon,
Jamie Vining and lain Henderson) as they toured around the world to raise awareness on climate
change, sustainability, and fundraising for solar energy use in developing countries. This program
positioned the Libraries in the center of an important dialog and showcased its role in research and
collaboration on emerging topics, especially sustainability and solar energy. This week long program
included two community bike rides with the cyclists, a presentation by the cyclists on their worldwide
journey, educational seminars by the Department of Energy, two library exhibits, and a solarcycle expo
showcasing university and community solar and cycling efforts. Several evaluation methods were
employed to assess the programs, such as participation levels and individual user evaluations. The goal
was to raise awareness, for students, faculty and community members on the issues related to cycling,
solar power, and sustainability and to highlight the libraries' role in research, promotion of, and
collaboration on emerging topics.
University Police Department
Officers gave information on
The American Solar Energy
Society highlighted their solar
powered bike, the Photon.
A campus student group gave
information on sustainability.
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Surviving the Human Project
presented on their
ground breaking Solar
- first of its kind in the
This presentation took
place on the busy
Plaza of the Americas
in front of Library
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Bikes and More Cycling Club escorted
the cyclists out of town on a rainy day.
A SolarCycle Expo was held to give students, staff, faculty, and local community
members a chance to interact with groups that are involved in promoting solar
power and cycling. There were groups representing sustainability and solar
energy on campus, the UF Solar Decathlon Team promoting their solar home
project, the University Police Department promoting bike safety, and a local solar
The cyclists, Susie Wheeldon and Jamie Vining were also available with their
bikes to speak with people about their vision and share their stories.
SolarCycle Week programs were held in
multiple UF libraries and exhibits
displayed in two of the libraries to
highlight the cyclists, solar energy and
In conjunction with the University of Florida Student
Union a relevant sustainability film was selected and
screened. This showing was open to the public during
The Solar Cyclists, Susie Wheeldon and Jamie Vining gave a presentation on
their spectacular journey around the world; what they discovered about the use
of solar energy in other countries; and how they managed for 9 months to sustain
themselves. The presentation was very well received by the audience and the
recording was made available and viewed over 100 times in the few weeks
following the presentation. The link is available at: www.uflib.ufl.edu/solarcycle
More information on and stories from their journey is available on their website:
Librarians at the
University of Florida
collaborated to create a
guide specifically targeted
on accessing materials on
sustainability topics. This
LibGuide is geared
towards students in the
Sustainability Minor on
campus and covers
books, databases and
other useful library info.
* All very enlightening and inspiring- they have raised my awareness.
* It was good to see lots of interest from outside the Libraries- more like it
* Nothing is difficult if you put your mind to it.
* Learning where various solar power plants exist or are being built. The
speaker's humor and stories were great!
* The efforts of people around the world working on solar and alternative
* Why solar power inspires human energy.
* Seeing one person's commitment and creativity to do something bigger
* The ability of the Sahara Desert to power the world.
Number of Participants at
Cyclists' Presentation- In
Department of Energy
0 50 100 150
Perception of the Cyclists'
Formed new contacts
with others having
similar interests N/A
Use knowledge gainedDisagree
of global issues U Somewhat
Program length disagree
appropriate 0 Somewhat Agree
Met my expectations Agree
n=31 0 10 20 30
and showed off their solar bikes.
Programs Requested for the Future
Hands-on Workshops I
Speakers from Outside UF
N=55 0 5 10 15 20 25 30
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