This article discusses the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, which identified 52 recommendations, including the adoption of 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.
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Tanner, R. & Aldrich, R. S. & Antonelli, M. & Ho, A. K. (2019). Libraries as Sustainability Leaders: ALA's Special Task Force. portal: Libraries and the Academy 19(3), 365-374. doi:10.1353/pla.2019.0020
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