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The Social Sciences collection forms a definitive resource for those entering, researching, or teaching in any of the many disciplines making up this interdisciplinary area of study. Written by experts and researchers from both Academic and Commercial domains, titles offer global scope and perspectives.

Key subject areas include: Library and Information Science; Transportation; Urban Studies; Geography, Planning, and Development; Security; Emergency Management.

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Library Career Management in the Digital Age

  • 1st Edition
  • June 20, 2024
  • Katarina Michnik
  • English
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Library Career Management in the Digital Age, A New Tool for Development presents a new model, the Librarian Career Management Tool, that can be used to identify and structure possible opportunities and challenges to the career development of academic librarians in the digital age. Because of this heterogeneity in the field, there is a need for a theoretical and practical tool that distils variation down to fundamental principles which people can then work with. The tool discussed in the book collates all possible career paths into a taxonomy of influencing factors and natural relationships between these factors for the digital librarian context.The advantage of modeling these distinct patterns is to enable informed and far-sighted decisions on the motivations for the next steps in an individual’s career. In addition, it enables key trends in digital information management to be better understood.

Responsible Artificial Intelligence Re-engineering the Global Public Health Ecosystem

  • 1st Edition
  • June 7, 2024
  • Dominique J Monlezun
  • English
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Responsible Artificial Intelligence Re-engineering the Global Public Health Ecosystem: A Humanity Worth Saving is the first comprehensive book showing how trustworthy AI can revolutionize decolonized global public health. It explains how it works as an ecosystem and how it can be fixed to equitably empower us all to solve the defining crises of our era, from poverty to pandemics, climate to conflicts, debt to divisions. It is written from the first-hand perspective of the world’s first triple doctorate trained physician-data scientist and ethicist who has cared for more than 10,000 patients and authored 5 AI textbooks and more than 400 scientific and ethics papers. This essential resource integrates science, political economics, and ethics to unite our unique cultures, belief systems, institutions, and governments. In doing so, it is meant to give humanity a fighting chance against shared existential threats through cooperation and managed strategic competition for integral sustainable development.Taking seriously diverse voices, perspectives, and insights from the Global North and the Global South, this book uses concrete examples backed up by clear explanations to elucidate the current failures, emerging successes, and societal trends of global public health. It shows how a small number of powerful governments and corporations—amid digitalization, deglobalization, and demographic shifts—dominate global health, and how we can re-engineer a better future for it both societally and technologically. The book spans health breakthroughs in federated data architectures, machine learning, deep learning, swarm learning, quantum computing, blockchain, agile data governance and solidarity, value blocks (of democracies and autocracies), adaptive value supply chains, social networks, pandemics, health financing, universal health coverage, public–private partnerships, healthcare system design, precision agriculture, clean energy, human security, and multicultural global ethics. This book therefore is meant to provide a clear, coherent, and actionable guide equipping students, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and leaders in digital technology, public health, healthcare, health policy, public policy, political economics, and ethics to generate the solutions that will define humanity’s next era—while recovering what that humanity means, and why it is worth saving.

The Solo Librarian

  • 1st Edition
  • June 1, 2024
  • Lucy Roper
  • English
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Actively diversifying the content to increase its relevance to an international audience, this practical handbook provides a one-stop-shop with accompanying time-saving templates that can be easily adapted to help aid the daily activities and processes often faced by those working in information, knowledge, libraries and related disciplines.The Solo Librarian: A Practical Handbook provides an internationally applicable and practical handbook that shows a timeline of key activities that happen throughout, in this example, an academic year. Sections provide examples on Acquisitions, cataloguing, updating library guidance (before academic year start - September), Student and Staff Inductions (September/October), Quarterly Business Review to review updates and library usage (Oct – Dec), Library cover over student/staff holiday period (Dec), Quarterly Business Review (Jan – Mar), Quality standard(s) re-accreditation (April), Research methods/study skills webinars (April), Library cover over student holiday period (April), Quarterly Business Review (April –June), and much more.The idea behind this practical handbook is to provide guidance and templates to cover responsibilities, challenges, benchmarking, acquisitions, classification, archiving, copyright management, and so much more.

Being a Sustainable Firm

  • 1st Edition
  • May 30, 2024
  • Maria Cristina Longo + 1 more
  • English
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Being a Sustainable Firm: Takeaways for a Sustainability-Oriented Management addresses the key strategic issues that firms encounter when entering the complex world of sustainability. Faced with a proliferation of approaches, regulations and procedures, the text outlines the contours of the meaning of being a sustainable firm and provides a theoretical framework within which to place the environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategic decisions.The volume critically retraces the way in which companies approach sustainability starting from the EU SDG goals content and the set of indicators for sustainable business. It pays particular attention to SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns for their interrelationships and implications on the firm competitiveness and the development of cities of the future. In addition, it unfolds across the broad spectrum of international standards and sustainability reporting guidelines, as relevant voluntary socio-environmental reporting systems recognized at international level. Understanding the logic of sustainability reporting and applying sustainable reporting models to specific business areas offers critical insights and application tools for organizations committed to integrating sustainability into their business and creating new sources of value starting from a common vision of sustainable development and social responsibility. The book highlights these aspects by linking them to the firm challenges and sustainability models in sectors particularly interested in sustainable development, including fashion, tourism, and public-private partnerships for sustainable local communities.The book provides useful support for students and scholars of managerial disciplines, interested in the topics of innovation management, sustainability-based strategies, sustainable entrepreneurship, socio-environmental reporting systems and performance evaluation. The delineation of the regulatory framework and sustainability reporting standards within which strategic decisions are placed constitutes a valuable guide for consultants and entrepreneurs interested to deepen the state of the art of the tools connected to corporate sustainability management and provides takeaways for managers and practitioners on sustainable practices implementation and reporting of activities.

Health on the Move 3: the Reviews

  • 1st Edition
  • Volume 13
  • May 29, 2024
  • Jenny Mindell + 1 more
  • English
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Health on the Move 3: the Reviews, Volume 13 covers this important field of interdisciplinary study. As part of the Transport and Health Science Group’s process of updating Health on the Move 2 it has commissioned a number of in-depth reviews of various aspects of the field. This new release includes chapters such as T&H, inequalities, social exclusion, etc., What are the impacts of disability on travel?, What interventions increase active travel?, Impact of active commuting to school on children’s health: an overview of systematic reviews, How important is travel mode in determining injury and fatality rates related to travel?, and more.Other chapters in this new release include What are the impacts of area-wide 20mph [30kph] speed limits?, What policies are effective in reducing congestion?, What are the economic and social impacts of public transport and how do these relate to health?, Health outcomes of public transport: a systematic review, Transport and Loneliness, Costs of transport and mental health and wellbeing, and What contribution does each of the factors affecting gender differences in travel patterns make?

Securing Integrated Transportation Networks

  • 1st Edition
  • May 3, 2024
  • Gary A. Gordon + 1 more
  • English
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Securing Integrated Transportation Networks provides a comprehensive look at multimodal transportation security—its dynamics, evolving threats, and technology advances that enhance operational security and related infrastructure protection and hardening, as well as the regulatory environment. As threats are evolving, so is the technology used in enhancing transportation security, operational procedures, and regulations. This book addresses this dynamic evolution of transportation security, serving as a primary reference for information on the range of activities and components involved in transportation security. It covers the myriad parts involved in the relationship between, and among, logistics, the supply chains and transportation entities, and more.In addition, it looks at operations, infrastructure, equipment, laws and regulations, policies and procedures, and risk focused on transportation safety and security by mode and transportation in general. Cooperation and partnering with and among the industry, to include transportation providers and government agencies, is the way forward to ensure that security is maintained and keeps pace with the evolving threat and regulatory landscape.

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies

  • 2nd Edition
  • May 2, 2024
  • Martin Abraham
  • English
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While technological advancement leads to societal benefits in terms of economic growth, it also brings with it challenges in its impact on the environment or human health. Sustainable development seeks a uniform means of comparing the economic benefits with the environmental and health costs associated with the implementation of a new technology.This revised encyclopedia investigates sustainability initiatives across a range of industries, providing insight into future opportunities for technological development. A broad spectrum of human challenges have only become more intense since publication of the first edition. For example, climate change is now observed across the globe as a contributor to large scale weather events, including extreme drought in Australia, intense wildfires in California, and flooding along the great rivers of Africa, North and South America. Land in the Amazon rain forest is destroyed to provide increased cropland, contributing to climate change. Expansion of the use of biomass as a raw material in chemical processing leads to food shortages. In many cases, these challenges have the greatest impact on the poorest nations, and the most polluting manufacturing facilities are located in the poorest communities, demonstrating social justice challenges.Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Four Volume Set provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges of modern technology, and the innovations that are leading to better use of limited resources and improved resiliency as we learn to adapt to a changing world. Each chapter examines in depth a technological solution to support a specific human need, evaluates it relative to its impacts on the environment and human health, and considers the social justice issues underlying its development.The new edition provides a stronger link between manufacturing and climate change, updates on new technologies for the generation, distribution and storage of energy, new concepts in resiliency and modularity that have changed manufacturing and chemical processes, and emphasizes the trade-offs required to obtain desired products while minimizing environmental impact.

Neurological and Neurosurgical Emergencies

  • 1st Edition
  • April 20, 2024
  • Indu Kapoor + 2 more
  • English
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Neurological and Neurosurgical Emergencies addresses emergencies in all fields of neuroscience, including disciplines like Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroanaesthesia, and Neuroradiology. This volume covers neurosurgical emergencies, like hydrocephalus, brain edema, intracranial bleed, intracranial hematoma, infection, and trauma, alongside neurovascular emergencies like acute ischemic stroke, non-traumatic, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, carotid cavernous fistula, and arteriovenous malformation.In addition, the book discusses common emergencies in neurology, including status epilepticus, refractory epilepsy, super-refractory epilepsy, and neuromuscular disorders. Beginning with neurological examination of patients through to anesthetic management of various emergencies, this book features clear images that accompany each emergency with learner-friendly features such as flow-charts, figures, text boxes, and algorithms. This book provides insights into all possible aspects of emergency management and the anesthetic management of such patients.

Safe and Sustainable Arctic Shipping Management and Development

  • 1st Edition
  • April 17, 2024
  • Mawuli Afenyo + 2 more
  • English
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Safe and Sustainable Arctic Shipping Management and Development presents insight into the Arctic and shipping and natural resource exploration in the region. The book discusses the challenges in harnessing the Arctic's potential, and making it sustainable and productive. It enables both researchers and practitioners to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained in the field to solve challenging issues. The book focuses on the management and development of Arctic shipping, including the use of shipping for natural resource exploration and the socio-economic implications of shipping activities. Sections cover the geography, planning, environmental, economics, management, policy, regulations, and governance.The book also closely integrates the implications of Arctic activities with indigenous ways of life. It is divided into four major sections, namely Theoretical Settings, Economic Opportunities and Risks, Operational Challenges, and Environmental and Social Implications. This book is a quality companion to any researchers, policymakers, and industrial practitioners involved in transport and environmental planning and management as a solid platform for further research, planning, and development of appropriate policies and practices.

Homelessness to Hope

  • 1st Edition
  • April 16, 2024
  • Uday Chatterjee + 4 more
  • English
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Homelessness to Hope: Research, Policy and Practices on Global Perspectives brings together stories, observations and critical appraisals that have emerged out of interdisciplinary studies spanning the global North and South. It explores how diverse accounts on homelessness and homeless people are situated within the structural-institutional arrangements of the developing and developed worlds. Through its comparative framework, the book offers a broader understanding of the multiple ways in which homelessness is experienced, perceived, and addressed. The book uses cross-cutting theoretical framings (such as resilience, wellbeing, social-ecological systems, sustainability, urban planning, institutions, gender) and emerging discourses on homelessness to complement current empirical findings.In addition, it provides insights on diverse concepts, meanings, perceptions, identities, and values concerning homelessness across rural and urban settings to promote a comprehensive understanding. In doing so, the book critically addresses the limits of contemporary discussions on homelessness, eviction, and poverty. Broadly, the book's authors explore the causations and processes of homelessness to shed light on physical, social, ontological, territorial, and cognitive facets of homelessness at both local and regional contexts across the world. Furthermore, the book lays a strong focus on viable transitions through identifying, comparing, and advocating for inclusive, collaborative, actionable measures and policies.