Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2019)
Library Services: A tool for achieving SDGS dimension and targets in Nigeria by 2030
Author(s): Funom Blessing Chika, Lazarus Gift Nnneka, Adeogun Sola Ayobami, Immaculate Chinyere Jiya
Abstract: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a set of goals adopted by United Nation member states on 25th September, 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity, peace and security for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. There are seventeen (17) general goals for sustainable development. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, all stakeholders need to do their part: governments, institutions which house library, the private sector, civil society, and people in general. Partnerships for the goals strengthen the means of implementation and revitalization, given the fact that library as source of information resources is a key player to actualization of SDGs. For any nation to develop, it needs to have and provide relevant, updated and adequate information on education, food security, health, governance and gender equality. Obtaining quality education is the foundation to improving people's lives and sustainable development. Libraries can provide such access to information that would enable people live gainful lives. Information repackaging, awareness campaign, human resources development, mobile library and outreach services are the identified strategies that libraries can adopt to ensure attainment of SDGs by 2030. Therefore, this paper describes the importance of using library as a strategy for actualizing the SDG in Nigeria. In addition, the paper also examines the roles of librarians for ensuring the actualization of the sustainable development goals in the country.