Education for sustainable development: a selection of UCC Library contributions to the UN Sustainability Development Goals (Lightning Talk)

24th May 202314:40Tivoli Suite


This presentation highlights how UCC Library contributes to the UN Sustainability Development Goals: 1 (No Poverty), 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) through its digital learning experiences, spaces and services. 

Within the University, the Library contributes to education for sustainable development by transforming learning environments and building on the digital capacities of students and staff (SDGs 4, 8, and 9) through digital learning experiences and services that facilitate the development of digital competencies. These include access to 3D printing, virtual reality, and equipment with workshops to support hands-on learning opportunities and the acquisition of new skills. These are available to all students and staff, regardless of discipline and promote the Library as a valuable partner in technology and innovation. Additionally, the Library has begun exploring open educational resources with the publication of three book allowing for increased access and affordability (SDG 1). 

Library staff are given opportunities to develop their own skills (SDG 8). Recent activities include 3D scanning projects, co-creation of learning experiences for UCC’s virtual learning environment, and opportunities for staff to engage in professional development. 

Finally, UCC Library engages with the public to promote lifelong learning and support the development of key skills (SDGs 4, 8, 9). In 2022, the Library participated in the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival by facilitating two online webinars and inviting the public to experience virtual reality in the Library’s Digital Environment Lounge. 

The above examples are ways in which UCC Library contributes to the UN Sustainability Development Goals by providing access to new and emerging technologies, training in new skills, and improvements in digital competencies. These projects and services allow learners to engage with life-long learning in meaningful experiences without cost or access barriers.