27 July 2017
Affirmation, Opportunity: IFLA Presents on Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals at the CILIP Conference
IFLA attended the CILIP Annual Conference, held in Manchester, UK, on 5-6 July. At a time where libraries in the UK are facing drastic cuts, this was a welcome opportunity to share new ideas and practices, and set out a proactive agenda for the future.
In this context, IFLA presented on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could help. The Goals offer a strong affirmation of the importance of the work libraries do in providing access to information. IFLA’s presentation underlined that libraries can make the difference between the basic possibility to connect to the Internet and meaningful access to information, through offering free public access, as well as basic skills and advanced literacy provision and a welcoming environment.
Through its International Advocacy Programme, IFLA is helping its members communicate better about the contribution they make to achieving the SDGs. As part of this process, over 150 library representatives have taken part in a total of six workshops around the world. IFLA has agreements with people from 73 different countries to promote the 2030 Agenda, and work to ensure that libraries are both involved in development planning, and benefit from the right legal and financial conditions to do their jobs.
IFLA’s Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report, published subsequently in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, is available to help all of IFLA’s members in their work to show that an effective library system can be a vital partner for governments in achieving their UN commitments.