The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook

The Sustainable Library's Cookbook cover

ACRL announces the publication of The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook, edited by Raymond Pun and Gary L. Shaffer. The volume presents a collection of engaging activities for academic libraries interested in implementing sustainability practices.

In 2019, the American Library Association added sustainability to its Core Values of Librarianship to foster community awareness and engagement on climate change, resilience, environmental impact, and a sustainable future. The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook provides lesson plans, activities, and exercises in three different areas:

  • Applying Sustainability Thinking and Development. Recipes are focused on applying sustainable thinking processes to library functions and services, including open educational resources, seed libraries, and reusable supplies and resources.
  • Teaching, Learning, and Research Services. This section contains lesson plans, learning guides, research activities, and projects that focus on sustainability in disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, from STEM data literacy to campus sustainability projects to Indigenous environmental justice.
  • Community Engagement, Outreach, and Partnerships. Recipes emphasize how community partnerships and outreach can be effective ways to inform and foster sustainability practices in the library and beyond, including environmental movie nights, bike-lending programs, and ideas for sustainable fashion.

Many of these recipes include learning outcomes and goals from ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, disciplinary focuses, and the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This cookbook provides librarians with a series of best and effective practices, case studies, and approaches to support sustainability efforts in the library and collaboratively across campus.

The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.