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Ecology, economy, equity : the path to a carbon-neutral library

Author: Mandy Henk
Publisher: Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In recent years, the need to develop a carbon neutral society has become evident. Henk examines what this mean to librarians, in order to lead our communities into a sustainable future.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Henk, Mandy.
Ecology, economy, equity.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mandy Henk
ISBN: 9780838919682 0838919685 9780838919699 0838919693
OCLC Number: 889996764
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Transitioning to sustainability in the library: Librarianship and the three e's ; The case for sustainability in the library ; Making the transition : the first steps --
Building a sustainable library: Ecology ; Economy ; Equity --
Sustainable librarianship in practice: The challenges of technology and corporate power in the library ; Curbing corporate power ; Resolving the technology dilemma ; Visioning the sustainable library --
Appendix: Resources for libraries.
Other Titles: Path to a carbon-neutral library
Responsibility: Mandy Henk.

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In recent years, the need to develop a carbon neutral society has become evident. Henk examines what this mean to librarians, in order to lead our communities into a sustainable future.

"In the first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, Henk convincingly argues that building a carbon-neutral future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical. Using the "three E's" of sustainability (ecology, economy, equity) as a foundation, she traces the development of sustainability from its origins in the 1970s to the present, laying out a path librarians can take at their own institutions to begin the process of building a carbon-neutral library. Rooted in the latest science but firmly focused on concrete action, her book: makes the case for sustainable libraries, tying the values that define the profession to the necessity of rethinking library operations and services in light of climate change; guides readers through the first steps, with advice on starting the conversation, conducting outreach to stakeholders, and forming a sustainability committee; includes a Sustainability Assessment and a sample sustainability plan that libraries can tailor for use at their own institution; looks at the challenges of technology and corporate power in the library, addressing the power imbalance between large corporations and libraries and suggesting alternatives to the status quo; discusses how libraries can combine strong advocacy with powerful activism to propel the library world into a socially just, safely powered world; and offers a bibliography of additional resources. Written by an activist who is also a working librarian, the book's balance between scientific research and step-by-step action will prove stimulating for library planners, administrators, LIS students, and anyone with an interest in climate change, sustainability, and libraries."--

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