“People today are hungry for community. Since libraries of all types are often at the geographic center of the communities they serve, they are naturally positioned to be community gathering places. Couple this advantage with the other usual librarian talents—tolerance for diversity of opinion, facilitation skills, familiarity and comfort with new technology—and you have an organization poised to be integral to every community decision. Librarians need to take the next step and act as a catalyst to get people to the table when community decisions are made.”
—Sarah Ann Long, 1999–2000 ALA President
More book resources added August 28, 2001!
Note: This Web site was created for the Libraries Build Sustainable Communities project, a two-year grant-funded partnership between the American Library Association (ALA) and Global Learning, Inc., partially funded by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID).
The site was maintained by the ALA Governance Office from 22 November 1999 to 31 August 2001. After that time, the site has been maintained by the Task Force on the Environment (TFOE), one of the task forces of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA.
The LBSC project is grateful to TFOE for taking over the maintenance of this Web site, and continuing the work of getting the word out on sustainability into the future.— Jeffrey Brown, Project Manager, Libraries Build Sustainable Communities, and David Guyer, Project Coordinator, Libraries Build Sustainable Communities