Associate Research Scientist
How are libraries working to further the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What can libraries do to incorporate the SDGs into strategic planning and impact evaluation? In 2015, the UN launched the SDGs, a set of 17 goals for global development by the year 2030. Librarians helped shape the inclusion of access to information in these goals and are involved in furthering them through their activities. The OCLC Global Council has selected the SDGs as its area of focus for 2021 and is conducting a global survey to identify and advocate for the ways that librarians can help further the SDGs. This presentation details the history of the SDGs and the role that libraries played in shaping them. It demonstrates how librarians have helped further the SDGs through, among other things, providing access to information and information literacy education. In addition, based on a survey of OCLC Global delegates, it offers suggestions about ways that library leaders can structure their activities around the SDGs.