Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators and Entrepreneurs

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sarah B. Dorsey, Head of the Harold Schiffman Music Library (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Sustainability is a hot topic these days. Demand for professionals and scholars who are knowledgeable about sustainability topics is growing exponentially. As with any nascent multidisciplinary subject area, sustainability students, scholars and professionals cope with the challenging imbalance of disorganized information abundance, coupled with knowledge scarcity. Questions far outweigh solutions and the pursuit of new knowledge abounds. For entrepreneurial librarians, environmentally conscious or otherwise, this is the perfect storm. Adept with much-needed research and organizational skills and a pre-existing ethic of collaboration and transparency, librarians are needed in this space. Motivated by their own personal passions and the needs of their patrons and institutions, entrepreneurial librarians demonstrate great leadership by carving new and essential niches for themselves in the emergent areas of scholarship and practice that embody sustainability.

Additional Information

The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service, edited by Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock, and Mary G. Scanlon, 183-201. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.
Language: English
Date: 2012
entrepreneurial librarians, sustainability, environmentalism, advocacy

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