Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World

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Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World. By Rebekkah Smith Aldrich. Chicago: ALA, 2018. 194 p. Paper $49.99 (ISBN-13: 978-0-83891688-9).

Although the concept of "sustainability" has many possible meanings, its connection to environmental issues is perhaps the most familiar. Thus, a reader coming across Rebekkah Smith Aldrich's new book might assume that it is primarily about how libraries can best demonstrate stewardship of environmental resources. While this is certainly one important piece of the discussion, Sustainable Thinking has a much larger goal: advocating the capacity of libraries to build communities, whether it be through environmental, financial, leadership, political, or other initiatives.

As a long-time advocate for libraries and sustainability, Aldrich has a wealth of experience in library advocacy and communicates her message well. This book is comprised of several easy-to-read and brief chapters (no more than five pages), with a thought-provoking exercise at the end of each reading. Section One, "Situation Report," sets the stage: use of public libraries is down, although people still have generally favorable opinions of them. It's necessary for librarians to be aware of the many disruptions--political, economic, technological, environmental, and societal--surrounding them and their institutions to develop effective strategies for survival. …

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