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Role of academic libraries in the achievement of quality education as a sustainable development goal

05 Jul 2022-Library Management-Vol. 43, Iss: 6/7, pp 439-459
TL;DR: In this article , the authors explored the role of academic libraries in the achievement of quality education as a sustainable development goal and developed a framework to guide librarians and academic libraries.
Abstract: PurposeThis study explored the role of academic libraries in the achievement of quality education as a Sustainable Development Goal.Design/methodology/approachThe study adopted a qualitative research approach and descriptive case study design. This study focuses on academic libraries from four universities in Ghana. From each university, the researchers purposely selected four respondents, comprising the heads of the libraries, deputies, and two assistant librarians or library assistants. Primary data were collected through semi-structured interviews, observations and document reviews. The results were analyzed and presented in descriptive and interpretive forms.FindingsThe study established that the majority of the library staff were aware of the sustainable development goal, SDG 4. The libraries provided relevant materials to support students’ learning, organize training on information literacy and engage library patrons in periodic information literacy programs to create awareness of the SDG 4. Since the libraries do not have their own internally developed policies on the SDG 4, they depend on the general United Nations (UN) document on the SDG and SDG 4 as a guide in information delivery; and the general policies on information delivery, teaching and quality assurance of the universities in general and the libraries in particular. The study concluded with a framework to guide the successful accomplishment of the SDG 4 in libraries.Research limitations/implicationsThe study focused on academic libraries in Ghana and adopted the purposive sampling technique which makes it assume a weak power of generalization.Practical implicationsThe study has implications for academic libraries and librarians in Ghana in achieving the SDG 4. It will guide librarians and academic libraries in formulating policies to guide them in their activities. The framework developed as a result of the findings will equally guide the librarians in their quest to provide information to achieve the SDG 4.Originality/valueThis study's originality lies in its articulation of academic libraries' initiatives in the actualization of the SDG 4 in Ghana with a developed framework to guide librarians and academic libraries. Academic libraries and librarians who are eager to contribute their quota to the achievement of the SDG 4 will find this study useful.
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TL;DR: In this article , the authors report on a study which sought to assess the community engagement (CE) initiatives of academic libraries in South Africa and found that South African academic libraries' CE initiatives can be construed as support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4 on quality education and life-long learning in the context of this study.
Abstract: This paper reports on a study which sought to assess the community engagement (CE) initiatives of academic libraries in South Africa. The research approach adopted was qualitative using online interviews with 20 heads of libraries in South Africa and 8 online focus group discussions with library staff as data collection methods. It was found that South African academic libraries’ CE initiatives can be construed as support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 4 on quality education and life-long learning in the context of this study. Initiatives that were interpreted as a contribution to SDG 4 were the imparting of information literacy skills to schools and librarians from other sectors, promotion of reading and writing, library visits by school learners, donation of school shoes and uniforms to learners, as well as donation of computers and computer literacy training to schools. The results of this study are a testament to the potential of academic libraries to change lives of ordinary citizens beyond the academy through CE. They provide fresh insights on the contribution of academic libraries to SDGs. This study can open new avenues for studying the contribution of academic libraries in the SDGs. Given that the phenomenon of CE is itself a fairly new area of study in academic libraries, this study will add a lot of value in this niche.

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TL;DR: In this paper , the importance of sustainable library buildings is studied, as well as the measures that are being implemented and that seek to contribute to the care of the environment by improving life on the planet.
Abstract: The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the concerns present in the work of many libraries. In addition to raising awareness, training, collection development, etc., library buildings and infrastructures can also contribute to achieving the goals and objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda. The IFLA, different associations, and organizations have been working along these lines, although the percentage of actions in this vein is still in the minority compared with the other lines mentioned. In this article, the importance of sustainable library buildings is studied, as well as the measures that are being implemented and that seek to contribute to the care of the environment by improving life on the planet. Resumen: La consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) es una de las preocupaciones presentes en el trabajo de muchas bibliotecas. Además de la sensibilización, la formación, el desarrollo de colecciones… etc. los edificios e infraestructuras bibliotecarias también pueden contribuir a lograr las metas y objetivos marcados en la Agenda 2030. La IFLA, diferentes asociaciones y organismos trabajaban en esta línea, aunque el porcentaje de acciones en este sentido es todavía minoritario frente a las otras líneas mencionadas. En este artículo, se estudia la importancia de los edificios bibliotecarios sostenibles, así como las medidas que se están implementando y que buscan contribuir al cuidado del medio ambiente mejorado la vida en el planeta.
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