Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities

March 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

Libraries are and will remain critical partners in ensuring sustainable local development, according to a new research report by the Urban Libraries Council.
The purpose of Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities “is to qualify the public library as a vehicle for sustainability and to communicate the actions local governments and libraries are taking together to create sustainable communities,” the Urban Library Council said. The report offers numerous examples of how public libraries are partnering with local governments to achieve the “triple bottom line” of sustainable development: economic vitality, environmental quality, and social equity…as reported in American Libraries.
The report also offers a number of strategies for libraries to partner with their local governments. “Without effective partnerships with local government, libraries can become invisible and stranded community assets,” said Gerry Meek, chief executive officer of Calgary (Alberta) Public Library. The report recommends that libraries document their success, demonstrate how they can help the local government achieve its priorities, advocate for the cities and counties they serve, and model sustainability for their communities. [reported in American Libraries42 (January/February 2011);20].
Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities is available as a free download at urbanlibraries.org. Print copies can be ordered for $20.

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