Webinar 1: The Global Impact of Libraries

Cornell University Webinar Series: How academic libraries can contribute to global development

How can libraries have global impact? What are the SDGs?  What are the SDG outcomes for 2030?  How can academic libraries help meet these goals?

October 22, 2019

Host: Gerald Beasley, Cornell University Librarian
Speaker 1: Thanos Giannakopulous, Chief, United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, New York, New York
Speaker 2: Anne Horn, IATUL President
Webinar moderator: Mary Ochs, Director, Albert R. Mann Library

Webinar 1 recording

Part 1 of Academic Libraries for Sustainable Development: A Webinar Series


About the Speakers

Gerald Beasley

Gerald Beasley is currently the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the university's extensive library system, Beasley leads one of the world's largest research libraries, with a total budget of more than $64 million, a staff of more than 400 and more than 8 million print volumes, 1.5 million ebooks and 128,000 eserials. Cornell has 18 constituent libraries located in Ithaca and New York City. The staff supports teaching, learning and research across the university’s colleges and schools, and it actively serves scholars around the globe.

Thanos Giannakopoulos

As Chief Librarian, Thanos Giannakopoulos re-envisioned the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library as an open space for public dialogue and knowledge sharing, as well as an essential component for the management of the UN’s digital output. Under his leadership the Library released the UN Digital Library, a central repository for the UN Secretariat, to promote the widest possible public access to UN content and further the Organization’s commitment to the dissemination and sharing of knowledge.

Anne Horn, IATUL President

Anne joined the University of Sheffield as the Director of Library Services & University Librarian in March 2015.  She moved from Australia to take up the role, where she held the post of University Librarian and Executive Director Academic Support at Deakin University.  In both posts she has set the strategic vision for the Library, most recently leading the development of the University of Sheffield Library’s new Strategic Plan, Our Library. Our Information Future. 

Anne provides high level advice to the University’s Executive Board in relation to library and information services and wider information policy and scholarly communication matters. 

Internationally, Anne is President of the International Association of University Libraries; a member of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Standing Committee for Library Buildings and Equipment, and a member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities RKI Community Steering Committee. Nationally, Anne is a member of RLUK and SCONUL and represents the HE Library sector on the JISC Library Services Advisory Group.  In 2017 she also chaired the Universities UK Open Access Repositories Working Group recommending actions for HEI libraries, publishers and funders to advance the transition to OA.   Locally, she is on the Advisory Panel for the University of Sheffield Information School and White Rose University Libraries Executive Board.  Anne has published and presented on library services for a digital age, designing spaces, leadership and change management, information and digital literacy (IDL), and libraries influencing student success. 

Reading List for Webinar 1: The Global Impact of Academic Libraries

These are papers, reports, and other resources referenced by the speakers in the first webinar.

Beasley, G. (2018) U.S. Academic Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals. Views from the Library. Retrieved from https://blogs.cornell.edu/viewsfromthelibrary/page/9/

Beasley, G. (2019)  Four things academic libraries can do for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Views from the Library. Retrieved from https://blogs.cornell.edu/viewsfromthelibrary/2019/09/23/four-things-academic-libraries-can-do-for-the-united-nations-sustainable-development-goals/

Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) (2019).  Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication:  Report of the Expert Group to the European Commission. Brussels: European Union.  Retrieved from https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/464477b3-2559-11e9-8d04-01aa75ed71a1

Ferwerda, E., Pinter, F. & Stern, N. (2017). A Landscape Study on Open Access and Monographs: Policies, Funding and Publishing in Eight European Countries. Bristol, UK: Knowledge Exchange. doi:https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.815932

Fitzpatrick, K. (2019).  Generous Thinking.  Baltimore: John Hopkins Press.

Higher Education Policy Institute (UK) (2019).  The white elephant in the room: ideas for reducing racial inequalities in higher education. Retrieved from: https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2019/09/19/the-white-elephant-in-the-room-ideas-of-reducing-racial-inequalities-in-higher-education/

Hook, D.W., Calvert, I., & Hahnel, M. (2019). The Ascent of Open Access: An analysis of the Open Access landscape since the turn of the millennium. London, UK: Digital Science. doi: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7618751

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (2019). Development and Access to Information. The Hague: IFLA, Technology &Social Change Group, University of Washington. Retrieved from: http://www.DA2I.ifla.org

The New York Times Editorial Board. (2019, Aug.16). Ebola Could Be Eradicated — But Only if the World Works Together. New York Times, p.A22. Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/16/opinion/ebola-tuberculosis-cure.html

Pisano, G. (2019). The Hard Truth about Innovative Culture. Harvard Business Review, 97 (1) pp.62–71. Retrieved from: https://hbr.org/2019/01/the-hard-truth-about-innovative-cultures

Pontika, N., Knoth, P., Cancellieri, M., & Pearce, S. (2015). Fostering Open Science to Research Using a Taxonomy and an ELearning Portal. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-Driven Business, 11:1– 11:8. I-KNOW ’15. New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:https://doi.org/10.1145/2809563.2809571

Sax, D. (2018, Dec. 7).  End the Innovation Obsession. New York Times Opinion, p. SR9. Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/07/opinion/sunday/end-the-innovation-obsession.html

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019). University Impact Rankings 2019 by SDG. Retrieved from: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2019/overall#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined

United Nations (2019). Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform. New York: United Nations Debasement of Economic and Social Affairs.  Retrieved from: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

United Nations Library (2019). New York Pledge: United Nations Libraries mobilize to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Retrieved from: http://undl-files.s3.amazonaws.com/The_New_York_Pledge_eng_final.pdf

Vicente-Saez, R.  & Martinez-Fuentes, C. (January 2018). Open Science Now: A Systematic Literature Review for an Integrated Definition. Journal of Business Research, 88, 428-436. doi:https://doi.org/10/gc5sjb