(15 Sept 2020) In response to the Global Week to #ACT4SDGs, and to address the growing demands from libraries to support universities to achieve better on UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), the editorial team of [email protected] has collected useful resources hoping to create awareness among library communities to work toward a more sustainable environment. Librarians are welcomed to distribute the list, curate or enrich the list based on local needs.
Resources from IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations)
IFLA takes the responsibility of working with library associations and institutions worldwide to ensure their readiness to support implementation of the SDGs in their country and locally through library services and programmes.
Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda: IFLA’s campaign of connecting libraries together to state the responsibility of libraries including policies, latest news, events, publications, and how libraries around the world are practicing SDGs locally. This is the place where most SDG resources from IFLA is collected.
SDG [email protected] Library Map of the World: an interactive map presenting selected library performance metrics that provide national level library data across all types of libraries in all regions of the world. SDG stories demonstrate how libraries and access to information contribute to improved outcomes across all SDGs.
Practice from library associations around the world
ALA Task Force on United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: Information on ALA’s Task Force on the United Nations 2030 SDGs to develop a multi-year strategic plan in the coming year to increase participation by libraries in efforts to achieve the Goals.
CAUL Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019: a report from the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) identifying the contribution of Australian university libraries to the UN SDGs, which details the important role that university libraries play in national and international development.
CILIP and the SDGs – a timeline: resources and implementation timeline from CILIP, the UK library and information association.
Resources from academic publishers
RELX SDG Resource Center: news, analytics, and resources from RELX product portfolios including Elsevier, Lexis Nexis, etc.
OECD Local SDGs: this OECD tool measures the distance towards the SDGs in more than 600 regions and 600 cities of OECD and partner countries with more than 100 indicators.
Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets 2019: An Assessment of Where OECD Countries Stand: OECD’s study evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets for which data is currently available
SDG Pathfinder: Access key policy content and broaden your knowledge of the SDGs. Explore the key topics behind the SDGs and the connections between them through analysis and data from six international organisations.
Navigating the Structure of Research on Sustainable Development Goals: This report from the Institute for Scientific Information reveals how global research and discovery is evolving to address poverty, reduce inequality and deal with the effects of climate change via the UN SDGs. The press release of the report is here.
SDG Online from Taylor & Francis: a searchable online library of articles, book chapters, presentations, videos and lesson plans from Taylor & Francis.
SDG related collections from Emerald: Emerald’s publications that support its three missions of promoting responsible consumption, equal access to digital technology, and reduced inequality throughout the world.
How librarians could help in promoting SDGs
Achieving Sustainable Development Goals: The Roles of Libraries: a case study on how librarians could play an important role in promoting SDGs locally.
Five ways to show how libraries support the SDGs: suggestions from IFLA on how librarians can help to participate in the #ACT4SDGs campaign.
What Every Librarian In Singapore Ought To Know About Saving The World: message from library association of Singapore calling out to librarians in actively supporting SDGs.
Sustainability and Libraries: ALA’s resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development, collections, exhibits, events, advocacy, communication, and library buildings and space design.
Four things academic libraries can do for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: University Librarian of Cornell University shares his opinion on how academic libraries should do to support SDGs.
Academic libraries’ role in supporting teaching and academic research within universities makes it perfect to be in the position to promote SDGs through providing guidelines and resources, engaging with readers, and promoting research via impact storytelling. Librarians are encouraged to work with related departments and faculties within the institution to enlarge the effect of practicing SDGs.
We welcome any new resources to be introduced in the above list.