Clare Thorpe, Acting Director, Library Services
The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an opportunity for libraries, such as USQ Library, to evaluate the breadth and depth of their contribution to quality education, reducing inequalities, supporting innovation and economic growth, and building communities. USQ Library is interested in exploring and understanding how our day-to-day work and projects contribute to the priorities identified in the SDGs. This report gives an account our Library’s services, activities and associated impacts during 2020 amidst the additional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that a strong academic library culture is one where sustainable development is embedded in our operations and business. The SDGs have provided us with an opportunity to assess our impact with evidence against this important global framework. We encourage university libraries in Australia and beyond to engage with the SDGs as an assessment framework and as a way of impactfully contributing to sustainable development and our communities.