During her 2021-2022 term, ALA President Patty Wong focused on sustainability as one of her four presidential pillars. In her inaugural speech, President Wong outlined this area of focus, saying:
Sustainability was adopted as one of ALA's Core Values of Librarianship by ALA Council in 2019, based on the 2018 recommendations of the ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability.
This introductory page of the Sustainability and Libraries resource guide highlights activities from the American Library Association that focus on sustainability as a core value of librarianship. Other pages of the guide provide resources on sustainability, including a bibliography of recent titles and online resources.
Additional resources on sustainability from the American Library Association.
These guidelines, policies and resolutions have been created and adopted by ALA as a continued effort to advocate for the importance of sustainability in libraries, and to help libraries promote community awareness about resilience, climate change and a sustainable future. They are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top.