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    Uncovering the depths: Educating with the SDGs in Special Collections & Archives
    (Centre for Integration of Research Teaching & Learning (CIRTL), University College Cork, 2023-12-05) Harrington , Elaine; Horgan , Emma; Rooney, John
    Special Collections & Archives acknowledge that multiple perspectives are required to solve ‘wicked’ problems. Therefore, this poster will address ongoing work with the SDGS intersecting with Special Collections & Archives. This will include collection-focused activities for teaching & learning with academics and departments, and outreach activities which include student participation. The poster will reference UCC’s SDG toolkit and UN's SDGs, and will address SDG targets including SDGs 4, 14, 15 amongst others. This poster demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Special Collections & Archives' collections to society, and how the collections and expertise of the staff can be used for inter/trans-disciplinarity research. The poster relates to student success, graduate attributes, inter/ transdisciplinary learning and teaching where all can be considered the ‘student’.
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    Facilitating knowledge creation: running a sustainable zine making event
    (2023-05-25) Chen, Stephanie
    A zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images (Wikipedia). Zines are often part of a maker culture which often includes people from marginalized communities or those who don’t have access to more mainstream publishing options (zinelibraries.info). For Culture Night 2022, UCC Library hosted a drop-in Zine Making Evening open to all and feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive. This evening provided a safe, welcoming space (SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing) for participants to create and communicate their knowledge through the form of a zine. Attendees became active contributors to knowledge creation, which allows for increased participation that acknowledges diverse voices, knowledge and learning experiences (SDG 4: Quality Education). This workshop will allow attendees to learn about how libraries can facilitate DIY (do-it-yourself) knowledge creation through zines while keeping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainability in mind. The class will cover the logistics in setting up a zine event – from sourcing materials to creating a welcoming space. There will be a hands-on activity in which attendees will share their own thoughts, feelings, and/or experiences on the topic of libraries and sustainability in a zine of their own. By the end of the session, attendees will be ready to run a zine making event in their own library.
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    Education for sustainable development: a selection of UCC Library contributions to the UN Sustainability Development Goals
    (2023-05-25) Chen, Stephanie
    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.
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    Looking at the library through the lens of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals): Simple ways to ensure library staff and libraries continue to thrive
    (2023-05-25) O'Connor, Martin; Chen, Stephanie
    Irish Libraries have always been collegial places and the library community has always worked to create supportive spaces where colleagues can learn, grow, and develop professionally and personally. This lightning talk addresses the question of what we as a community need to do to sustain professional development in a post-COVID world, especially when it comes to embodying practices that are “environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable” (Resolution for the Adoption of Sustainability as a Core Value of Librarianship, ALA, 2019). Findings from an informal research survey sent to Library staff will provide examples of how libraries in Ireland are actively supporting staff in their professional and personal development. Using this research, we will provide primers on what we as a community can do to ensure sustainable career development, thus fostering and sustaining this collegial community. By establishing safe, creative spaces to work in, libraries can support wellbeing (SDG 3), promote lifelong learning opportunities for all library staff (SDG 4) and ensure full and productive employment (SDG 8). SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing Ensure Healthy Lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. SDG 4: Quality education Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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    Why do we collaborate: The benefits of collaboration and partnership at UCC Library
    (2023-04-26) O'Connor, Martin
    "We first became aware of strange happenings at UCC Library in January 2014 when they curated an exhibition dedicated to the memory of the famed Cork rock venue and club Sir Henry’s” (Fanning Sessions Blog - July 14th, 2017) The above quote highlights how partnership and collaboration can positively impact on the perception of the library. This talk will reflect on why and how UCC Library involves and collaborates with various partners to do different things, and things differently. It will look at four examples of creative collaborations: 1) An Exhibition about a nightclub 2) A Library Radio show and podcast 3) A one off performance by an alt rock band of their forthcoming album and 4) A book launch for a book about Punk Music. These examples involved partnering with academics, musicians, authors, UCC Staff, and the wider community. It will explain how and why UCC Library is open to collaboration. Finally, It will highlight the many benefits of libraries collaborating with outside partners. And there will be music and video…