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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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October 2018
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2018
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978-3-11-060887-8
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17. Information Dissemination is Not Enough

Preparing Librarians for Effective Climate Change Effects Mitigation in Uganda

Mulumba, Onan / Akullo, Winny Nekesa

Abstract

The major role of most libraries is to collect, process, store, retrieve and disseminate information. However, this routine demotivates many librarians who have the potential and enthusiasm to make an impact on national development. Climate change is one of the most challenging global occurrences. It greatly affects many developmental activities such as agriculture, on which over 80% of Uganda’s population thrives. The aim of this paper is to assess and recommend innovative ways through which librarians can practically participate in the mitigation of climate change effects in the country in addition to information dissemination. The study used a cross-sectional survey of librarians in Uganda and realised a response rate of 95.5%, with most respondents from academic institutions and their primary role mainly (83.7%) as librarians. It was established that the majority (55.8%) was aware of the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also observed was that air pollution, toxic pollutants and deforestation are the key causes of environmental degradation in Uganda. Librarians should be repositioned to promote products and services which assist in reducing waste as well as promoting awareness campaigns for waste reduction and education. This initiative, however, is expected to be affected by challenges such as poverty and the subsistence needs of the communities as well as conflicting priorities of the people and government.

Citation Information

Onan Mulumba, Winny Nekesa Akullo (2018). 17. Information Dissemination is Not Enough: Preparing Librarians for Effective Climate Change Effects Mitigation in Uganda. In Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta (Eds.), Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World: Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services (pp. 197–209). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110608878-019

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

Online ISBN: 9783110608878

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