The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has
commissioned a team from Charles Sturt University (CSU) to carry out a
Greening Libraries research project, which will underpin ALIA’s new
sustainability drive, in line with the Association’s commitment to the
Sustainable Development Goals.
The CSU team is made up of Dr Jane Garner, Dr Kasey Garrison, Dr
Sabine Wardle and Associate Professor Karen Bell. They have been awarded
the $5,000 grant to research environmentally sustainable projects
across Australian libraries.
A key output of this project will be a series of case studies
including different types of libraries such as public, academic and
state libraries, and from remote, regional and urban areas of Australia.
It will also include selected leading international examples.
This will be an opportunity to showcase best practice and inform the
creation of a toolkit for libraries to help them support environmental
action through the library space, further the greening libraries
movement as well as exemplify sustainability practices that are
consistent with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 11:
Sustainable Cities and Communities.
The project is being run in conjunction with ALIA Sustainable
Libraries (ALIA Green) and is sponsored by the Council of Australian
University Librarians. The research outputs including the report and
toolkit are scheduled for publication at the beginning of November 2021.
CSU was selected through a competitive process. ALIA Director of
Policy and Education Trish Hepworth said, ‘the quality of applications
was of a very high level, which positively reflects our sector’s
engagement with sustainability, and our thanks go to the other research
teams who submitted proposals.’
For more information about ALIA’s research opportunities see the ALIA website.
About the Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the
professional organisation for the Australian library and information
With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of
the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality
library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and
mutual support. www.alia.org.au
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