Sustainability is possible: The National Institution- University Library (NIUL) in Bitola as a leader of societal development

BOSHEVSKA, Lili (2016) Sustainability is possible: The National Institution- University Library (NIUL) in Bitola as a leader of societal development. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 115 - National Information and Library Policy.

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Abstract

Sustainability is possible: The National Institution- University Library (NIUL) in Bitola as a leader of societal development

The challenge for the national libraries in Macedonia is to fulfill the national library policies, as set by The Law for Libraries and The Law for Culture. The National interest in culture is a public interest for all the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia and its most important aspect is the availability of culture to all of the citizens under the same conditions: -Ensuring suitable conditions for preserving the cultural heritage -Encouraging diversity in culture -Enabling access to cultural values and their sharing -Creating conditions for preserving the cultural identities of the different communities. -Ensuring equal and even cultural development in Macedonia -Affirmation of Macedonia’s culture and cultural diversity abroad The circumstances and conditions created by the law make a foundation for upgrading the contribution of the National Libraries towards development of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. National Institution - University Library (NIUL) in Bitola is faced with the challenge to create its own library policies comparing and using the existing frameworks or models for library and information policies from across the world, and contribute towards development with emphasis on the social dimension of sustainable development. The focus of this paper is to answer to the question: What is the Library’s role as a National Institution in calling for action and helping the process of positive changes to our world. The paper will explain the connectivity of the National Institution- University Library (NIUL) “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” Bitola, with the five areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. It describes the possibilities of opening debates and taking action to accomplish the goals and targets of the United Nations’ Document: “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

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