Impact Stories of Libraries in the Philippines: Book III

 

As part of the celebration of the 31st Library and Information Services Month, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) will be publishing the "IMPACT STORIES OF LIBRARIES IN THE PHILIPPINES BOOK III.” This publication will be made possible through the assistance of different libraries in our country. Hence, our objective for this third volume is to capture activities and services of libraries in the Philippines, be it a school, academic, special, or public library that adhere to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) established in the United Nation 2030 Agenda.

The UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs is a framework adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations last September 2015 to address the global and societal challenges we face as a nation. It serves as our blueprint or framework towards a better and sustainable future and ensures that no one is left behind by 2030. Specifically, there are 17 identified goals:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Source: https://sdgs.un.org/goals

Libraries have definitely proven, and more so in this challenging time, that we are indeed key players of societal changes, reforms, and transformations, and that our activities have the capability to contribute to the attainment of these goals.

In this regard, we would like to gather personal accounts or provide a write up about an activity your library has implemented in relation to the SDGs. Your story should be able to provide a description of the library program/service innovation you have initiated, along with its background, the difficulties you have encountered in the conceptualization and/or implementation, actions undertaken to overcome these challenges, outcome or reception of your clients, and how your initiated activity/program contribute to the UN SDGs.

You may refer to the checklist below which you can use in preparing your write-up and reviewing if the narrative and visual elements of your story include all crucial elements and meet the minimum requirements set for each part of the story.

 

  • The title, maximum of 10 words long, reflects what the story is about and how it is linked to the 17 SDGs.
  • The body, at least 350 words and maximum of 500 words, contains answer to the following:
    • Background of the service innovation or why the activity, project, or program was implemented (this refers to the background of your library activity/service innovation which details the problem or need existing in your community).
    • Answers to who did what, how, and when (concise description of library activity, service innovation, along with the problems encountered during conceptualization/implementation and steps undertaken to overcome these challenges).
    • Contains some quantitative data and/or qualitative evidence of outcome or reception of your clients to your library activity/service innovation.
    • Explains how your initiated library activity/service innovation, project or program contributes to the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
  • The story has at least three pictures.
  • People on attached photos are consulted and willing to be included (are informed that pictures will be published and that they consent to its publication).
  • The library activity/service innovation is to be submitted by library.

Submission of your Impact Stories by library is unil October 15, 2021 via http://bit.ly/ImpactStoriesIII or QR Code

*For further inquiries and clarifications, kindly contact Mr. Chad Aren E. Diaz through email  at caediaz@nlp.gov.ph.

 

Note: For your reference, you may view Impact Stories vol. 2 at http://bit.ly/ImpactStoriesVolume2