Assessing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in academic libraries

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Thorpe, Clare and Gunton, Lyndelle. 2022. "Assessing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in academic libraries." Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 54 (2), pp. 208-215. https://doi.org/10.1177/09610006211005528
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Assessing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in academic libraries

ERA Journal ID10603
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsThorpe, Clare (Author) and Gunton, Lyndelle (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Journal Citation54 (2), pp. 208-215
Number of Pages8
Year2022
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0961-0006
1741-6477
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/09610006211005528
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09610006211005528
Abstract

The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identifies 17 goals as a shared blueprint for peace, prosperity, people and the planet. Australian academic libraries have started documenting and planning how academic libraries contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the identification of assessment frameworks and key performance indicators. In 2019, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Library stepped through an exercise of understanding how our day-to-day work and annual planning targets mapped to the SDGs. The article is a case study. The authors outline how an academic library’s services, projects and action plans were mapped to the SDGs and how the mapping exercise was communicated to the community. The article will situate this activity among the broader approaches being taken by the Australian library community, including the 2030 stretch targets for Australian libraries. USQ Library staff found that existing services, collections and projects correlated to eight of the 17 SDGs. Activities were mapped to these eight goals and reported to senior executive of the University. The mapping exercise increased the awareness of library staff about the broader cultural and societal implications of their roles. The communication strategy led to conversations that increased university leaders’ awareness of the SDGs and the value and impact of USQ Library in improving access to information as well as the library’s role in transforming the lives of USQ students and community. By undertaking an exercise to map collections, services and projects to the SDGs, USQ Library has been able to demonstrate how their knowledge and information infrastructures which enable student achievement and research excellence. The SDGs can be used by university libraries as a benchmarking tool and as a challenge to set stretch targets aligned with the United Nation’s 2030 agenda.

KeywordsSustainable Development Goals, academic libraries, university libraries, evidence-based practice, library assessment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461099. Library and information studies not elsewhere classified
461006. Library studies
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