Call for Proposals (Special Issue on Sustainability and Libraries)

Sustainability is a critical topic. Today, libraries are affected and concerned by issues on sustainability. With the arrival of climate crisis to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all library workers can and have played a role in fostering awareness of such resources and developments in their communities. In 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) added sustainability as a core value of librarianship to foster community awareness and engagement on climate change, resilience, environmental impact, and a sustainable future.

This special issue from the International Journal of Librarianship (IJoL) seeks contributors to submit papers that document their libraries’ efforts in supporting sustainability efforts. We welcome all types of libraries: public, academic, school, special to submit proposals on this broad topic. We welcome the following topics to be considered:

      ·  Case studies on sustainability activities in libraries including community outreach, programming, and engagement; library operations based on sustainability practices

      ·  Research on sustainability knowledge and/or green literacy in libraries; on integrating sustainability studies in library instruction/teaching practices

      ·  Theoretical papers that connect to UN’s SDGs and the role of libraries in supporting such values

      ·  Environmental justice and awareness and the role of libraries

      ·  The impact of climate crisis on libraries

      ·  The role and impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sustainability in libraries

      ·  Other topics are welcomed

Interested authors may inquire with co-editors before submitting a proposal about their topics. Please submit a proposal (up to 500 words including name, email address, affiliation) to be reviewed by the guest editors: Raymond Pun ( and Ulla Pötsönen ( by July 1, 2020.

The guest editors will review all proposals and invite selected ones to submit a full paper (3000-5000 words). All papers will undergo a double-blind review process with the journal’s editorial board. This special issue is expected to be published in December 2020.