Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by the University of Kelaniya Library
From promoting literacy to providing free access to information, libraries are a safe, welcoming space at the heart of communities. The library is visited by the public with the assistance of dedicated staff with a deep understanding of local needs. They work to develop ICT, Internet connectivity, lifelong learning and information skills. Accordingly, the library of the University of Kelaniya contributes to the enhanced results through the Library Services Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as follows.
- Promoting universal literacy including media and information literacy and digital literacy skills
- Staff dedicated to developing digital approaches and assisting the community with new digital developments through access to information and communication technology.
- The library serves as the heart of the research and academic community
- Protecting and accessing culture and heritage More precisely, giving access to information.
- Support for general literacy and ICT skills and community access by assisting all libraries at the university to implement SDGs.
SDG 4 - Ensuring Inclusive and Fair Quality Education and Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunities.
The Library is at the heart of schools, universities and colleges in every country around the world. The University of Kelaniya Library supports all types of literacy programs. It provides a safe space for learning. It also leads to access to research and data to create new knowledge. It assists researchers to disseminate research results. The University of Kelaniya Library organized
The Library is at the heart of schools, universities and colleges in every country around the world. The University of Kelaniya Library supports all types of literacy programs. It provides a safe space for learning. It also leads to access to research and data to create new knowledge. It assists researchers to disseminate research results. The University of Kelaniya Library organized a webinar series on different topics. When access to information by the university community, including students during the Covid 19 period, was restricted, many problems arose regarding updating their knowledge with new methods, mechanisms and concepts. Accordingly, this webinar series was designed to expand the horizons of university education so that not only the University of Kelaniya but anyone could participate. These training sessions were designed for all researchers and students and support access to information in local languages. The skills developed through this programmes enhanced the well-being of research and learning in both men and women.
The Library of the University of Kelaniya has decided in 2020 to subscribe only to valuable electronic resources, including e-journals and e-books, so that the entire library community has access to electronic resources without any hindrance. The user community now has access to thousands of information resources through the Shibboleth feature of its remote access portal, making it easy for everyone to access library resources without any hassle. There is no recording or observation of access, gender, knowledge, education, location, area, etc., which further guarantees equality among all members of the community.
The library is in the process of establishing a foreign language library for students and staff that includes different foreign languages. Learning is structured around to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and focuses on activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
SDG 10 - Reducing Inequality between Countries and Cultures: