C&RL preprint on sustainable academic libraries

Accepted for publication, by College and Research Libraries, to be published probably March 2010, by  Maria A. Jankowska & James Marcum entitled “Sustainability Challenge for Academic Libraries: Planning for the Future College and Research Libraries.” Read the pre-print now (PDF). Stay tuned for the publication next spring. More C&RL pre-prints.  Abstract:

There is growing concern that a variety of factors threaten the sustainability of academic libraries: developing and preserving print and digital collections, supplying and supporting rapidly changing technological and networking infrastructure, providing free services, maintaining growing costs of library buildings and lowering libraries‘ ecological footprint. This paper discusses the multi-dimensional issues of sustainability in academic libraries and identifies needs for designing an integrated framework for sustainable strategies in academic libraries. Additionally, the paper presents a synthesis of existing literature on the increasingly popular topic of ‘green libraries’ and prepares a background towards developing a framework for sustainable strategies in academic libraries.

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