Public Libraries’ Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals: Gathering Evidence and Evaluating Practices in Portugal

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Initiated in November 2016, the project Bibliotecas Publicas e Sustentabilidade: Recolha de Evidencias da Contribuicao para os ODS [Public Libraries and Sustainability: Gathering Evidence 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 chapter discusses the role of impact evaluation practices and competencies in the processes of gathering evidence and advocacy towards libraries’ contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda, focusing on the project’s first stages. After presenting the research background and general methodological frame, the relevant approaches, methods and tools for assessing libraries’ contribution to sustainable development (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 by using the SDG# Mapping Tool. Finally, some key aspects of the ongoing research are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoing green
Subtitle of host publicationImplementing sustainable strategies in libraries around the world Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services
EditorsPetra Hauke, Madeleine Charney, Harri Sahavirta
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherDe Gruyter Saur
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-060887-8, 978-3-11-060599-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-060584-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIFLA World Library and Information Congress - Wrocław, Poland
Duration: 19 Aug 201725 Aug 2017
Conference number: 83

Publication series

Name IFLA Publications
PublisherDe Gruyter Saur
ISSN (Print)0344-6891


ConferenceIFLA World Library and Information Congress
Abbreviated titleIFLA WLIC 2017
Internet address


  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Portugal
  • Public libraries
  • Sustainable development


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