ALA Task Force on United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
The American Library Association (ALA) has created a Task Force on the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to develop a multi-year strategic plan in the coming year to increase participation by libraries in efforts to achieve the Goals.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN members, including the United States.
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has asked library associations around the world to join in a global effort to highlight how libraries contribute to the SDGs.
ALA’s Task Force will be chaired by ALA Immediate Past President Loida Garcia-Febo and was initiated by ALA President-elect Julius C. Jefferson Jr. for his upcoming presidential year.
Other Task Force members are:
- Connie Champlain, Retired
- Tina Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Robin Kear, University of Pittsburgh
- Erika Long, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Nashville
- Donna Scheeder, IFLA Past-President
- John Szabo, Los Angeles Public Library
- Evviva Weinraub, University of Buffalo
- Daniela Sokokovic, Narodna biblioteka Požega, Serbia
- Shaddy Shadrach, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada
Task Force Chair Garcia-Febo stated “I am thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with librarians from academic, public and school libraries from U.S. library associations together with ALA President-Elect Julius C Jefferson Jr. to design a strategic plan to guide our efforts to increase awareness about the UN SDGs and how libraries are essential to development and their services are a platform to do good in the world by adopting sustainable thinking and transforming lives through education and lifelong learning.”
Libraries helping communities meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the times of COVID-19
(created by the ALA Task Force on United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals)
IFLA has engaged strongly around the Sustainable Development Goals, both in their preparation in the run up to 2015, and in their delivery in the years that have followed. This chart describes how libraries contribute to success and are meeting SDG goals in COVID-19 times. .
Title: Libraries Contributing to Meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals: a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere
Description: Join our first webinar highlighting inspiring stories from libraries in Australia, France and Germany presented by leaders of library associations in those countries. We will discuss how libraries are helping communities meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the websites they have created to share these stories. We hope the webinar encourages US libraries to connect the dots between their existing services and the way they are already meeting the SDGs.
Date: June 9, 2020
Speakers: (in order of presentations)
Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA Chair, UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force, ALA Immediate Past President
- Athanasios Giannakopoulos, Director The Dag Hammarskjöld Library at the United Nations, New York
- Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Queensland, Australia. Australian Library and Information Association President 2017-2018. Chair, Professional Committee at IFLA
- Raphaëlle BATS, International Relations Officer of the National School of Libraries and Information Sciences (Enssib), Cfibd’s Governing Board member
- Hella Klauser, Internationale Kooperation, German Library Association, Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V., Kompetenznetzwerk für Bibliotheken
RECORDING: Listen to recording.