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In 2019, the American Library Association added sustainability to its Core Values of Librarianship to foster community awareness and engagement on climate change, resilience, environmental impact, and a sustainable future. The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook collects a series of engaging activities for academic libraries interested in implementing sustainability practices in three different areas:

  • Applying Sustainability Thinking and Development. Recipes are focused on applying sustainable thinking processes to library functions and services, including open educational resources, seed libraries, and reusable supplies and resources.
  • Teaching, Learning, and Research Services. This section contains lesson plans, learning guides, research activities, and projects that focus on sustainability in disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, from STEM data literacy to campus sustainability projects to Indigenous environmental justice.
  • Community Engagement, Outreach, and Partnerships. Recipes emphasize how community partnerships and outreach can be effective ways to inform and foster sustainability practices in the library and beyond, including environmental movie nights, bike-lending programs, and ideas for sustainable fashion.

Many of these recipes include learning outcomes and goals from ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, disciplinary focuses, and the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. This cookbook provides librarians with a series of best and effective practices, case studies, and approaches to support sustainability efforts in the library and collaboratively across campus.


Section 1. Applying Sustainability Thinking and Development

See How Our Garden Grows: Cultivating Community through a Fruit and Veggie Exchange
Kim Kane, Rachel Myers, and Gayatri Singh

It Takes a Village Sustainability Starter
Kim Kane, Rachel Myers, and Gayatri Singh

I Believe You Have My Stapler: How to Encourage Reuse with an Office Supply Rehome Program
Kim Kane, Rachel Myers, and Gayatri Singh

Absolutely Free Market
Kim Kane, Rachel Myers, and Gayatri Singh

Out of the Oven and into the (Reusable) Bag: Sous-Vide Book Delivery
Rebecca Brand, Emily Cornell, Chris Cunningham, Pamela Johnston, and Seti Keshmiripour

Adding More Green for a Healthier Library: Modeling Sustainability Practices
Allison B. Brungard and Jennifer Bartek

The Low Paper Diet: Conveying the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Book Scanning
Danielle Rapue, Kathryn McGuire, and Josh Hughey

You Have the Ingredients! A Canvas for Creating Your Own Green Library Recipe
Eric Tans, Sarah Klimek, Terence O’Neill, and Stephanie Perentesis

Keeping the Lid on Textbook Costs through a Textbooks-on-Reserve Program
Mary Jo Orzech

Rooftop Garden Ratatouille: Developing Plaza/Deck Library Greenspace
Mary Jo Orzech

Menu du Voyageur: Four Courses That Apply Sustainable Thinking to Impact the Health of Our Students and Staff
Stephanie L. Barrett

“Greening” the Library Event and Cleanup
Uta Hussong-Christian

Affordable Food for Thought
Jamillah Scott-Branch and Danielle Colbert-Lewis

Sustainability and Seeds
Kayla Kuni

Section 2. Teaching, Learning, and Research Services

Exploring UN SDG Target Goals through a Research Poster Project
Nardia Cumberbatch

Key Ingredients in Tables and Graphs: Learning How to Read Ecological Data Visualizations
Cathryn F. Miller

Supporting Research for Local Impact: Engineering Students as Sous Chefs
Tiffanie Ford-Baxter and Elizabeth Galoozis

Recipe Boxes and Breakout Rooms
Joyce Tokuda, Maiana Minahal, and Joy Oehlers

Deconstructing the Recipe of a New Sustainable Campus
Amani Magid

Energy Conservation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Linda Musser

From the Archive to the Digital: Thinking about Sustainability through Murals
Stacy R. Williams and Andrzej Rutkowski

Indigenous Communities, Sustainable Development
Naomi Bishop

Cooking with Authority: Using a Flipped Lesson and Librarian Meeting to Evaluate Authority
Brianna Buljung

Ingredients for FYE Success: Sustainability and Information Literacy
Elena Rodriguez and Burton Callicott

Nonprofit Nutrition: Libraries, Sustainability, and Open Access
Burton Callicott and Elena Rodriguez

Web Archiving as Sustainability: Preserving Information and Building Student Skills through a Collaborative Web Archiving Project
Andrea Schuler

Dividing Sustainability Resources into Manageable Portion Sizes
Heather Snapp, Katie Leone, Elizabeth Weatherford, and Jessica Phillips Marcolini

Teaching Undergraduates How to Critically Evaluate Information Resources and Scholarship Related to Sustainable Agriculture
Lalitha Nataraj

Make a UNESCO and ACRL Learning Goals Sandwich: Connecting Sustainability Education and Information Literacy Instruction to Solve Global Problems
Jessica L. Howard and Maiko Arashiro

Teaching Sustainable Information Literacy in an Academic Inquiry-Based-Learning Course for First-Year Undergraduate Students
Marc Stoeckle and Harrison Campbell

Information Literacy Grid-dle Cakes
Naomi T. L. Toftness

Delectable Discourse Discovery in Environmental Studies
Shannon Kealey

Making an Urban Trifle: The Layering of Urban Sustainability
Hilla Sang and Elizabeth A. Gilblom

Dinner and a Datathon: Eating Pizza and Analyzing Local Environmental Data
Kelly Grossmann and Meryl Brodsky

Section 3. Community Engagement, Outreach, and Partnerships

Fix It: Mending Workshop
Andrea Jakubas

Going beyond Cookie Cutter Outreach: A Climate Change Film Series and Dialogue
Jen Bonnet and Cindy Isenhour

Finding the Frontlines of Environmental Justice in the Library
Susan Brazer and Shane Hall

Local Foods Sustain Your Community
Catherine Wong and Kathryn Geoffrion Scannell

Creating a Sense of Place: Connecting Participants to Local Habitats through Library and Community Partner Collaborations
Christina C. Wray, Sandra Avila, and Megan Haught

DIY Makers’ Day
Kim Kane, Rachel Myers, and Gayatri Singh

Filling the Cabinets with Nutritious Information
Neyda V. Gilman

Library Muesli: A Recipe for Starting a Seed Library
Holly M. Dean

Fast, Fun, Free! Promoting Sustainability and Good Health through a Bike-Lending Program
Lorna E. Rourke and Zack MacDonald

Mixing It Up: Collaborating with Campus Students and Staff to Promote Sustainability via a Large Library Display
Mandi Goodsett

Signature Sustainability Earth Day Dish
Nancy E. Garmer

Garden-Fresh Film Night: A Recipe for Library-Garden Partnerships
Shannon Kealey

Mixing Sustainability and Fashion: A New Taste at Repurposing Clothing through Clothing Swaps and DIY T-Shirt Tote Bags
Sally Romero

The Olive Green Book Drive Savory Salad
Leila June Rod-Welch

Community Day Digitization Program
Sophia Sotilleo

Raymond Pun

Raymond Pun is a librarian in the Bay Area, CA. He is an active member of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Along with Laurie Bridges and Roberto Arteaga, he is a co-editor of Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project (published by Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing).

Gary L. Shaffer

Gary L. Shaffer, PhD, is the Director of Library Arts and Culture for the City of Glendale, California. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the Library and Information Management program at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is the former head of that program, as well as a former assistant dean of USC Libraries, where he directed the Center for Library Leadership and Management. A 2006 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, he is the author of Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship.