ALIA research to generate new sustainability resources for Australian Libraries

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 services sector.

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.

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