Information for Transformation: Enabling Libraries to be Drivers of Local Transformation

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2024
Last Updated
27 March 2023


Over the course of the action, we will develop a toolkit of resources, based on experience, of how libraries can play an active role in transformational local development. This will include focus on regeneration, security (working with CERLALC), a culture of lifelong learning (working with UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning), democratic engagement and decision-making, and wellbeing. The toolkit will include both higher level reference texts, such as the freshly renewed IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto, case studies and checklists. The logic behind the action is that libraries, including their collections, spaces and staff, have a unique contribution to make through allowing people to engage with and use information more skillfully and effectively. This is a precondition for better decision-making, as well as engagement in economic, social, political and cultural life. The immediate impact, we hope, will be to encourage a new level of activism among libraries and those responsible for them within local and regional governments in favour of mobilising the field to realise its potential to drive change. We also hope that it can act as a reminder to broader local and regional governments that in libraries, they have a valuable, pre-existing resource which can be engaged in order to achieve policy goals. The longer term outcome, we hope, is that libraries are more systematically mobilised in order to support the achievement of wider policy goals, thereby supporting positive community transformation in the context of sustainable urbanisation.

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and equal access to basic services, sustainable mobility and public space (most indicators at outcome level measure institutional outcome), Effective settlements growth and regeneration, Expanded deployment of frontier technologies and innovations for urban development, Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, Enhanced social integration and inclusive communities

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Key Dates

Start year: 9/1/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 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

Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development