CHICAGO — At the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco, the ALA Council passed a resolution on the importance of sustainable libraries. This resolution had been previously discussed and passed at the June 4 Virtual Membership Meeting and, in fact, was the first ever resolution to be presented at a virtual membership meeting. By policy, any resolutions passed at a membership meeting are then considered and voted on at the next meeting of Council.
The resolution notes that libraries play an important and unique role in wider community communications about resiliency, climate change and a sustainable future and that libraries that demonstrate good stewardship of the resources entrusted to them can build community support that leads to sustainable funding.
The resolution goes on to encourage the American Library Association, its membership, library schools and state associations to be proactive in their application of sustainable thinking in the areas of their facilities, operations, policy, technology, programming, partnerships and library school curricula.
The full text of this resolution can be found on the ALA website.