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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:   Print book : EnglishView 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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mandy Henk
ISBN: 9780838912171 0838912176
OCLC Number: 890286464
Description: x, 150 pages ; 23 cm
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."--Publisher's description.

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