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FW: Call for Chapter Proposals: Academic Libraries and Sustainable Development

  • 1.  FW: Call for Chapter Proposals: Academic Libraries and Sustainable Development

    Posted May 22, 2024 04:03 PM

    Call for Chapter Proposals: Academic Libraries and Sustainable Development
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    May 21, 2024 8:59 AM
    Wendy Pothier


    Proposal Deadline: June 19, 2024  

    Submit Proposals here:  

    You are invited to submit an abstract for a chapter in an upcoming edited book with the working title, Academic Libraries and Sustainable Development published by ACRL.  


    EDITED BY:  

    Wendy Pothier, University of New Hampshire & Ilana Stonebraker, Indiana University  



    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), first adopted in 2012, have worked in tandem with worldwide climate concerns to alter the way we approach the environment, poverty, gender inequality, hunger, and worldwide trade. A decade into the implementation of sustainable development, sustainability has shifted the ways academic librarians view our work, changed what we teach, and how we partner.   


    At the academic level, sustainability has become a focal point, impacting accreditation processes, faculty governance through task forces and committees, and university-wide strategic planning efforts Sustainability has transformed the majors offered at our institutions and the resources created by our publishing vendors. What role are librarians playing in these changes? How are academic librarians embracing sustainable development in their programming, teaching, operations, and in collections?  


    This book delves into the evolving role of librarians amidst these changes, exploring how academic librarians are embracing sustainability across programming, teaching methodologies, operational strategies, and collection development. Through the lens of the UN SDGs, it reflects on the past decade of implementation while projecting forward to the next, emphasizing the crucial role that librarians continue to play as partners and catalysts for progress  


    The book will be organized into four sections: 

    • Section A: Library Organizations and Sustainable Development 

    • Section B: The SDGs and Partnerships 

    • Section C: The SDGs in Action: Practical Examples from Academic Libraries 

    • Section D: Sustainability Progress Reports 


    We welcome proposals for a topic that does not fit within the categories described and encourage prospective authors to contact us with thoughts:  Additional chapter call details available here. 


    Wendy Pothier
    Business & Economics Librarian
    University of New Hampshire

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