Degrowth, sustainability and libraries in an extractivist society during the Anthropocene. A space for ideas and information resources

Jan 3, 2017

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Degrowth is a social movement anchored in ecologism, anti-capitalism and anti-consumerism. Basically, it proposes that there are biophysical limits to growth that have already been exceeded (causing an alarming exhaustion of natural and energy resources) and it is therefore necessary to drastically reduce the levels of production and consumption ― these levels being the main causes of all environmental problems (climate change, pollution, threats to biodiversity) and of many social inequalities.

Degrowth does not entail a decline in fundamental human well-being. Much on the contrary, its proponents argue that a decrease in consumption would create non-consumerist ways of life, much healthier in every possible way. It would also stop First World's neocolonialism: the massive and sustained use of global natural resources to maintain lifestyles that squander food and energy resources and generate huge amounts of waste, at the expense of the Third World.

This site, Libraries in degrowth, is intended to confront the reader ―specially librarians all over the world― with the impossibility of unlimited growth in a finite biosphere, and is aimed at introducing the notion of sustainability and other concepts related to it ― in particular "degrowth", which remains ignored in many forums on sustainable development, including libraries. The texts published in this digital plaform will also address the links that can be established among sustainability, activism, and libraries' services, activities and policies. The ideas presented here are meant to serve as starting points, guidelines or major strands to help readers search through international bibliography on an issue in need of urgent attention.


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Libraries in degrowth is maintained by Edgardo Civallero, as a part of his work on the relation between libraries and sustainability.



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I have a degree in Library and Information Sciences from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina, 2004), where I also studied History (branch Anthropology and Archeology). I have specialized in library services for indigenous peoples and minority groups, oral tradition, endangered sounds (languages and music), and knowledge classification. I am a researcher as well, on issues related to libraries and decolonization, libraries and degrowth/sustainability, critical/social/progressive librarianship, open access and non-European history of the book.

I am a teacher, lecturer and writer, and I currently work as an independent librarian and information consultant. I am also a corresponding member of the Standing Commitee of IFLA's Subject Analysis and Access Section (since 2017); the editor of the UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) Summary in Spanish and Galician (since 2012); member of the coordinating committee of the Progressive Librarian Guild (since 2016); member of the editorial team of Fuentes del Congreso (Bolivia) and Journal of Radical Librarianship (UK) (since 2016); a columnist in Fuentes del Congreso (Bolivia) and Boletín de ABGRA (Argentina) (since 2016); and a collaborator in media as El Quinto Poder (Chile) (since 2017).

Previously I've worked as librarian, reference specialist in biological sciences and medicine, classifier and cataloger, and designer of databases and digital libraries in all kind of libraries (since 1999). I've been the director of projects "Indigenous Libraries" (2001-2006) and "Rural Books" (2002-2006) in Argentina; the editor for Argentina of E-LIS (2004-2006); member of the editorial boards of Biblios (2006) and Information for Social Change (2007-2009); member of the Standing Committee of IFLA's Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section (2005-2008); professor in PROPALE (Program for the promotion of writing and reading, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, 2005-2007); and a consulting member of the Revision Advisory Committee (2004-2010) and Associate Editor/Assistant Editor of the Editorial Team (2010-2012) of the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium.

Beyond the world of books, I've worked as an editor and graphic designer (since 1988), I've studied Oceanography and Biology and, in my spare time, I compose and perform music, I write fiction, I takes photographs and I keep a network of blogs.

A summary of my professional career can be consulted through LinkedIn, while my bibliographic production is in the open-access archive Acta Académica .



Contact e-mail: edgardocivallero (at) gmail (dot) com.



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