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Building on their previous work exploring the importance of the cultural context in sustainable development and outlining the core information resources supporting a culturally grounded approach, in this follow-up study the authors use case studies to explore the information practices of graduate students training to be sustainable development practitioners. The article details information challenges faced by development students and practitioners when they are in the field. The authors find that the students are quite attentive to the need of development organizations to become learning organizations and they see the importance of not only developing a thorough knowledge of local culture, but of building a knowledge base to support the work of their organizations and the development community at large.


de Gruyter Saur

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Open Access and Digital Libraries: Social Science Libraries in Action



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IFLA Publication Series;158



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