Author ORCID Identifier

Neyda V. Gilman:

Jennifer K. Embree:

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date



sustainability, academic libraries, libraries, creators, collections, sustainability education, SDGs


The image of a creator often brings to mind individuals that can take an abstract or unique idea and transform it into an impressive, tangible creation. Whether it’s an architect crafting a new building design, an artist painting on canvas, or an interior designer mapping out a new room layout, creators are generally seen as those who can formulate conceptual ideas that are then realized to showcase amazing ingenuity. In the world of higher education, this type of work is often first associated with disciplines like art, design, architecture, and engineering—fields where acts of “making,” “creating,” or “building” are integral to their purposes. However, this chapter invites readers to think beyond these more well-established creator fields to consider another field where creators are equally needed, supported, and produced: the field of sustainability and sustainable development.

Publisher Attribution

This book chapter is part of Creators in the Academic Library: Collections and Spaces originally published by ACRL.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.