Conference "Role of Libraries in Promotion and Implementation of Ideas for Sustainable Development" at RLST
2017 Return back
Y. Maksimenko, Chief Librarian of the
department of scientific and technical literature and
industrial catalogs of the RLST
The ideas of sustainable development (SD) attract the attention of broader segments of people. Librarians of Belarus are in the forefront of those who actively promote ideas and implement innovative projects of SD. The preliminary results of this activity were summed up on September 27, 2017 at the Republican Scientific and Technical Library at the international scientific and practical conference "Role of Libraries in Promotion and Implementation of Ideas for Sustainable Development", organized by the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, the Republican Scientific and Technical Library, the Program of Support of Belarus by the Federal Government of Germany, the Belarusian Library Association and the International State Ecological Institute named after A. Sakharov of Belarusian State University.
It is worth recalling that "sustainable development" refers to a development in which the needs of the present generation are met without an infringement of the abilities of future generations to meet their needs.
The United Nations in 2015 adopted the Sustainable Development Program until 2030.
The access to the information and knowledge with the use of the information and communication technologies supports the sustainable development and improves people's quality of life. Libraries are among the key institutions that can help achieve the goals of this program.
The goals of the UR 2017 Weeks held in Belarus from 25 September to 25 October, under the motto "Global Goals Are Everyone's Well-Being" are:
- demonstration of the Belarusian initiatives on sustainable development and their contribution to the achievement of 17 UN SD goals;
- strengthening of the network interaction of representatives of civil society, state structures, business and international organizations within the global movement towards the sustainable development;
- discussion of the experience of implementation and monitoring of NSSD 2030 of regional local SD strategies and identification of prospects within this process.
The participants of the conference "Role of Libraries in Promoting and Implementing the Ideas of Sustainable Development" were welcomed by:
- Raisa Sukhorukova, director of the Republican Scientific and Technical Library;
- Sergey Shcherbakov, Vice Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus;
- Astrid Zam, Executive Director of the Dortmund International Education Center, Head of the Support Program for Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany;
- Viktor Radivinovsky, Head of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations Office in the Republic of Belarus;
- Oleg Sivagrakov, Associate Professor of the Department of Social and Human Sciences and Sustainable Development of the International State Environmental Institute named after A. Sakharov of Belarusian State University;
- Inna Yurik, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Library Association.
In all the speeches made at the conference, the idea was that the libraries of Belarus and Russia contribute to the qualitative implementation of the goals of sustainable development: promote universal literacy, including media and information, as well as digital literacy skills; fill gaps in access to information and help the government, civil society and business better understand local information needs; provide the space for the implementation of government programs and services; are the centers of research communities; preserve and provide an access to the culture and the heritage of the world.
In the introductory speech, the RLST Director Raisa Sukhorukova briefly described 17 UN goals in the field of SD, guided by which the libraries conduct fruitful activities on SD, and Vladimir Shishkin, deputy director of the RLST, introduced the projects implemented by the Republican Scientific and Technical Library.
The speech of Viktor Radivinovsky, Head of the Department of Public Information of the UN Office in the Republic of Belarus, was dedicated to the UNDP activities to support the ideas of sustainable development in Belarus.
Ina Yurik, Deputy Chairman of the BBA, noted that it is possible to adopt the experience of other states in developing a program for involving libraries in the process of sustainable development. They have such activities that libraries can implement.
The сcolleagues from the Russian Federation, Elena Bychkova, a leading researcher of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and a project manager of the projects in the field of ecology and sustainable development (the report "The activities of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology for the Development of Projects in the Field of Ecology and Sustainable Development"), and Svetlana Dedyulya, director of the Bryansk Oblast Scientific Universal Library named after F. Tyutchev, (the report "Bryansk Regional Resource Center of the Access to ecological Information; the Experience of the Bryansk Oblast Scientific Universal Library Named after F. Tyutchev in the Implementation of the Tasks of Sustainable Development”) shared the experience of the implementation of ecological projects.
The participants of the conference of Belarus shared the experience of the work on SD. In the speech, Halina Lapitskaya, a leading bibliographer of the department of the official document service of the National Library of Belarus, covered the work of the virtual center on international organization activity “Open Information” on the portal of the National Library of Belarus.
Halina Lapitskaya, Head of Eco Info, Center of Ecology Information, of the Central Scientific Library named after Y. Kolas of the NAS of Belarus, told about the resources created at Eco Info Center, and Anna Medvedskaya, Head of Mogilev Oblast Scientific-Technical Branch Library of the RSTL, told about creative forms of the work of the library with the youth on the popularization of sustainable development principles.
The role of educational establishments in the promotion of sustainable development ideas was mentioned in the speeches of Anatoly Muravyov, Executive Director of the Association for Education for Sustainable Development, and Svetlana Timanyuk, methodologist of the Minsk City Institute for the Development of Education. The International State Environmental Institute named after A. Sakharov Belarusian State University successfully works on the support of the distance training with the purpose of the stable development.
"Ideas and Projects for Sustainable Development are Work for the Future" was called the exhibition, prepared by the RLST for the conference. The idea is laid in its name: to assist not only to the promotion of sustainable development ideas in the consciousness of the population, but also to encourage them to become one of the basic people in the world outlook: this is the mission of institutions engaged in the implementation of sustainable development projects.