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Urban Libraries Seek Local Governments as Partners in Sustainability
Urban Libraries Council’s latest research report, Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities, profiles how a strategic and successful relationship between the public library and the local government can be formed in order to accomplish sustainability for a community.
Both library directors and local government officials will benefit from the direction of this report, as it clearly examines the collaboration of agencies and provides examples of how public libraries and local governments are achieving the triple bottom line components: economic vitality, environmental quality, and social equity.
ULC’s research highlights the library’s solid community connection, its reputation as a highly-trusted institution, and distinguishes the library as an ideal partner when trying to build a sustainable society. The findings of this report were garnered from leading edge practices of local officials and ULC leading library directors across North America.
The purpose of ULC’s report 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. ULC identifies the public library as a major player in a community’s infrastructure and considers it an asset to local government as they can draw on the library for community outreach.
In order to generate sustainability awareness within a community, partnering of the public library and the local government is needed. Not only will the community members become more active and engaged in sustainable efforts, agency roles will be strengthened and elevated within the district. The report positions ULC member libraries as local anchors for economic, environmental, and equitable development in North America.
Source: Urban Libraries Council
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