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Originally presented July 20, 2022

Our future depends on all of us working together with empathy, respect, and understanding to adapt to the many challenges facing society.

In this webinar, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich explores the importance of infusing the new core value of sustainability into everything we do, and demonstrates how libraries that lead into the future using ‘sustainable thinking’ fulfill our mission as libraries in new and innovative ways.

‘Sustainable Thinking’ is a concept that aligns the core values of libraries with the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ definition of sustainability. This consists of practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable. Libraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change, and a sustainable future.

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