In thinking about practices of sustainability at my library we’re good, bad, and sometimes ugly. For instance, let’s admit the ugly up front: our circa 1999 building is chilly year round. Thus, many of us run space heaters in our cubbies, offices, immediate work areas to keep the frostbite at bay. Terrible, I know, all that energy use when I should wear a snuggie instead. And we’re consummate recyclers, but I attribute that to our acute state of fiscal distress. We rarely have new padded mailers for books or materials, so when ILLs are returned to lending libraries they’re popped & secured by yards of tape into distressed packages that have traveled across the region several times.
Thrift is always a sustainable idea.
But the “more is less” idea is applicable to fashion and accessories and library website, not providing more services with less money, which seems like the status quo. Thus, less is more is unsustainable when it comes to providing value in learning and literacy in regards to libraries their services, programs, collections, etc.