Information practices for sustainability: role of iSchools in achieving the UN sustainable development goals(SDGs)

CHOWDHURY, Gobinda and KOYA, Kushwanth (2017). Information practices for sustainability: role of iSchools in achieving the UN sustainable development goals(SDGs). Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68 (9), 2128-2138.

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In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) GeneralAssembly passed a resolution identifying 17 Sustain-able Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated tar-gets, and countries around the world agreed to achievethese by 2030. By conducting a thematic analysis offour key UN policy documents related to sustainabledevelopment, this paper argues that alongside financialand other resources, access to, and use of, appropriateinformation are essential for achieving SDGs. The paperalso reviews research on information and sustainabilityundertaken at the iSchools and the computer andhuman–computer interaction HCI communities. Giventhat the mission of iSchools is to connect people andsociety with the required information through the use ofappropriate technologies and tools, this paper arguesthat iSchools can play a key role in helping people, insti-tutions, and businesses, and thus countries around theworld achieve SDGs. The paper identifies 4 broad areasof teaching and research that can help iSchools aroundthe world prepare a trained workforce who can manage,and facilitate access to, information in specific domainsand contexts. It is also argued that cooperation and col-laborations among iSchools can promote a culture ofsustainable information practices among universitygraduates and researchers in different disciplines thatwill pave the way for achieving SDGs in every sector.

Item Type: Article
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Finance, Accountancy and Business Systems
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Page Range: 2128-2138
Depositing User: Kushwanth Koya
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:02

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