Librarians’ Attitude Towards Providing Environmental Education Services in Their Community


  • Xiaoai Ren Valdosta State University MLIS
  • Jia Lu Valdosta State University



environmental literacy, environmental education, libraries, GIS analysis


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) advocates for libraries’ contributions to the global sustainable development efforts. Environment sustainability is one of the three pillars of the United Nations sustainable development concept. It’s crucial to examine libraries’ stance on environmental sustainability to see how they align with the professional organizations’ position. Case studies on libraries’ environmentally sustainable practices and services are plentiful. However, there is still the need for more empirical research that systematically examines libraries’ position and practice on environmental sustainability and the roles libraries play in building environmentally sustainable communities. This study fills the gap by surveying librarians from three states in the United States. The findings will be of interest to library associations to better support their member libraries in this endeavor. The findings are also important to LIS educators if they consider embedding environmental sustainability or environmental issues in LIS courses.


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