Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries

Sponsored by the Social Responsibilities SIS and the Environmental Libraries and Animal Law Caucuses, July 20, 2015
Adopted on September 16, 2015

WHEREAS, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) exists, among other reasons, to enhance the value of law libraries to the public, the legal community, and the world; and

WHEREAS, AALL has a Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section, which addresses issues of social responsibility, environmental awareness, and sustainability that are of concern to all AALL members; and

WHEREAS, other professional organizations such as the American Bar Association and the American Library Association have enacted resolutions, task forces, and programs promoting environmentally responsible publishing, energy efficiency, and sustainability; and

WHEREAS, law library leaders have a mandate to ensure future access to economical library services; and

WHEREAS, law libraries that demonstrate good stewardship of the resources entrusted to them can build their base of support in their communities which leads to sustainable funding; and

WHEREAS, the scientific community has clearly communicated that current trends in climate change are of great concern to all; and

WHEREAS, the people who work in our libraries and access services in our facilities deserve a healthy environment in which to do so; and

WHEREAS, law libraries that demonstrate leadership in making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change, respect natural resources and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, increase the support for the library in their community; and reveal new sources of funding;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the AALL on behalf of its members, recognizes the important role law libraries can play in larger community conversations about resiliency, climate change, and a sustainable future; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the AALL strongly encourages its membership – and itself – to be proactive in applying sustainable thinking in the areas of their facilities, operations, policy, technology, programming and partnerships.