Public libraries' contribution to Sustainable Development Goals: gathering evidences and evaluating practices

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Abstract

Initiated in November 2016, the project Public Libraries and Sustainability: Gathering Evidences of Contribution to SDGs (Project PLS) aims to develop a framework for evaluating public libraries’ contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tailor it to Portuguese public libraries.
This paper discusses the role of impact evaluation practices and competencies in evidence gathering and advocacy processes of libraries’ contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda, focusing on the Project first stages.
After presenting the research background and general methodological frame, the relevant approaches, methods and tools for assessing libraries’ contribution to SD are examined, particularly the impact evaluation perspective. The resulting Model for Evaluating Public Libraries Contribution to SDGs is discussed, as well as the alignment process with SD goals and national priorities through the SDG# Mapping Tool.
Finally, some key aspects of the ongoing research are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
EventIFLA World Library and Information Congress - Wrocław, Poland
Duration: 19 Aug 201725 Aug 2017
Conference number: 83
https://2017.ifla.org

Conference

ConferenceIFLA World Library and Information Congress
Abbreviated titleIFLA WLIC 2017
CountryPoland
CityWrocław
Period19/08/1725/08/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • Public libraries
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Impact evaluation
  • Methods
  • Portugal

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