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Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services

Ed. by Hauke, Petra / Charney, Madeleine / Sahavirta, Harri

Series:IFLA Publications 177

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3. Contemplative Pedagogy

Building Resilience in Academic Libraries

Charney, Madeleine / Colvin, Jenny


This paper addresses the emerging movement of contemplative pedagogy in higher education with an emphasis on academic librarianship. The authors posit how integrating mindfulness-based practices into pedagogy and programming builds resilience in students, creating meaning in an age of climate disruption, information overload and uncertain times. Examples of librarians’ relevant professional development activities are also included. Library spaces offering mindfulness opportunities for students are explored and a contemplative- oriented, campus-wide collaboration centred on climate disruption is featured. Selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda are touched on, demonstrating how contemplative approaches in academic libraries support well-being, justice, community building and concern for the fate of the earth.

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Madeleine Charney, Jenny Colvin (2018). 3. Contemplative Pedagogy: Building Resilience in Academic Libraries. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 32–45). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-005

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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