Libraries as sustainability leaders: ALA’s special task force

René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho

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This article discusses the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, which identified 52 recommendations, including the adoptionof sustainability as a core value of librarianship. The group aims to promote libraries as catalysts, connectors, and conveners to promote sustainability, resilience, and regeneration. The Task Force is guided by the concept of the triple bottom line, which states that an organization’s practices must be not only economically feasible but also socially equitable and environmentally sound. The article also provides examples of how libraries engage in sustainable practices to support the cities and towns they serve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-374
Number of pages10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2019

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