Academic journal article Sustainability : Science, Practice, & Policy

Introduction to the Forum on Sustainability and the Library

Academic journal article Sustainability : Science, Practice, & Policy

Introduction to the Forum on Sustainability and the Library

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Introduction: I have had the great fortune to be involved with the development and growth of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy since its inception. The journal's decade-long tenure is a testament to the imperative for scholarly cross-disciplinary discourse on sustainability problems and solutions that is open and freely accessible. In my final term as Managing Editor of SSPP, I had the opportunity to concurrently pursue a new personal endeavor into the field of Information Sciences. As such, I took the initiative to bridge the two activities as the coordinator of this Forum on Sustainability and the Library.

Modifying the environmental, social, and economic requirements of the contemporary world in a way that does not harm future generations is the premise of sustainability. The library and information sciences (LIS) community is recognizing its role in this mission by being both a change leader and educator. Libraries have a rich history of innovative practices, services, and engagement in mitigating change. For example, they have been for some time now incorporating disruptive technologies into their mission as major information providers and delivering their services to an increasingly diverse user-centered population.

The accompanying Forum comprises two timely and important contributions. In the first article, Beth Filar Williams, Madeleine Charney, and Bonnie Smith discuss how library professionals are a "natural fit for advocating and promoting sustainability. …

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