Naomi Baron's the author of 'Words On Screen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World' (Oxford University Press). The book explores the experience of reading on a screen versus reading a good old paper book.
The e-book edition and the print/e-book bundle of this title are also available separately. addthis_pub = 'ALAMarketing'; 160 pages6" x 9"SoftcoverISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1217-1Year Published: 2014AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, J, X, XE, ZRead a sample of the book now!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 Offers a bibliography of additional resourcesWritten 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.Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsPart I - Transitioning to Sustainability in the Library1. Librarianship and the Three Es2. The Case for Sustainability in the Library3. Making the Transition: The First StepsPart II - Building a Sustainable Library4. Ecology5. Economy6. EquityPart III - Sustainable Librarianship in Practice7. The Challenges of Technology and Corporate Power in the Library8. Curbing Corporate Power9. Resolving the Technology Dilemma10. Visioning the Sustainable LibraryAppendixesA. Sustainability Assessment WorksheetB. Sample Sustainability PlanC. Resources for Starting a Sustainability Discussion in Your LibraryBibliographyIndexAbout the AuthorAfter her first day dusting copies of the Science Citation Index as a student assistant at Clark University (Worcester, MA) Science Library, Mandy Henk knew she had found her calling. A graduate of Simmons College School of Library Science and currently the Access Services Librarian at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, Mandy devotes her time to activism, motherhood, writing, and librarianship. She was a 2011 Library Journal "Mover & Shaker" and one of the early guerrilla librarians of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street. Reviews”A short, practical, thoughtful book … [Henk] has a knack for making ideas concrete, so the book includes practical steps, including assessment worksheets and a sample sustainability plan. Librarians who are used to hearing ‘sustainability’ used as a synonym for ‘business plan’ can rest assured that this truly is about creating a future that isn’t reliant on market fundamentalism and consuming stuff. It’s about knitting together respect for the earth and its future inhabitants with our day-to-day practices and our commitment as librarians to managing commons … What’s encouraging about this book is that it connects a lot of dots while encouraging practical action – now."— Inside Higher Ed
According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries Report, which became available during National Library Week, April 12 – 18.
Selecting a library management system is never an easy decision. Vendors of integrated library systems (ILS) offer solutions tailored to public, academic, school, and special libraries, but even when organized by type, libraries are hardly one-size-fits-all organizations. Choosing a new vendor tends to mean a major investment, with a multiyear commitment to a solution that often will require new training, adaptation, and trade-offs among cost, features, and functionality. Still, it’s a tough cho
Imagine your ideal library. Now instead of walls, there are books. Instead of a ceiling, books. Want a window? Just pull out a book, et voilà. Now stop imagining because it’s real. There’s going to be an enormous library made of books at the Bay Area Book Festival this June. The library, or Lacuna
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