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In 2010, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education released, “Sustainability curriculum in higher education: A call to action,” encouraging infusion of sustainability topics into universities' teaching and research. Since then, academic programs and research related to social, economic, and environmental sustainability have enriched university curricula. An exploratory study was conducted to determine the position and engagements of academic libraries and information science schools in their contributions to scholarly sustainability activities and curricular initiatives. This article presents the results of the study which reveals a number of engagements by library professionals in the areas of sustainability, such as increasing open access to research, building sustainability-related collections and research guides, and incorporating sustainability content into information literacy. While academic libraries and information science schools are engaged in a broad spectrum of initiatives that support their institutions' sustainability research and curricular functions, this study indicates that such activities require a more targeted approach.


Academic libraries; Academic libraries – Relations with faculty and curriculum; Academic library engagement; Education; Higher; Libraries and education; Library sustainability; LIS curriculum for sustainability; LIS sustainability; Marketing sustainability; Sustainability – Study and teaching (Higher); Sustainability activities in academic libraries; Universities and colleges – Curricula


Higher Education | Library and Information Science | Sustainability


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