Public Libraries and Resilient Cities by Michael Dudley

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Public libraries are keystone public institutions for any thriving community, and as such can be leaders in making cities better places to work, play, and live. In this important book, noted urban planner and librarian Dudley shows how public libraries can contribute to “placemaking,” or the creation and nurturing of vital and unique communities for their residents. Using case studies and other information from the field, the author

Shows how public libraries can address pressing urban and environmental sustainability issues through smart urban design practices, making contributions to economic regeneration, and a commitment to social equity
Provides examples of innovation in public library design, management, collaboration and public services
Offers librarians, library administrators, and even urban planners the practical knowledge, tools, and vocabulary to overcome professional and disciplinary barriers

From the economic renewal potential of library development projects, to the provision of public space in a privatizing world, from services for the homeless to crisis management during urban disasters, "Public Libraries and Resilient Cities" explores the vital role that public libraries can play in the promotion of ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable communities in challenging times.
 

About Michael Dudley

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Michael Dudley is an urban planning librarian and researcher with the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg, where he engages in community-based, public interest research and teaches in the university s environmental studies program. He is the editorial board chair for Plan Canada magazine, the official publication of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by Amer Library Assn. 194 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Editor Dudley (urban planning librarian, Inst. of Urban Studies, Univ. of Winnipeg) brings together 14 original essays authored by 17 international scholars and librarians. Each piece explores roles that public libraries can play in urban planning, offering ideas from those who have been involved...

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