The IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) Standing Committee held its The call to action: academic libraries responses to the SDGs  webinar on 2 November, 2022.

You’ll be able to access the related video recording here, and the slides presented by the speakers here: presentation N°1 (Denmark), presentation N°2 (Australia).


The United Nations 2030 Agenda outlines a plan for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. The primary goal of the Agenda, via the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is to transform the world. Since its launch in 2015, the 17 SDGs have become embedded in the research agendas of institutions of higher education. The academic library has become an eminent partner in supporting its institution achieve its SDGs ambition.

The SDGs call to action is around ending poverty and inequality, protecting the planet, and ensuring that all people enjoy health, justice and prosperity. The library support is located within this call via the promotion of universal literacy, provision of access to information, advance digital inclusion, preservation and provision of access to the world’s culture and heritage and such.

This webinar aims to explore Gerald Beasley’s assertion that sustainable development needs to have a stronger place in academic librarianship, and the SDGs provide an excellent framework for librarians to think about their collections, services and spaces in those terms.


  • Dr Najmeh Shaghaei (University of Southern Denmark)
  • Roxanne Missingham (Australian National University)


  • Dr Bertil Dorch (University of Southern Denmark)

Speakers’ Bio

Dr Najmeh Shaghaei (University of Southern Denmark)
Head of Campus Library, University Library of Southern Denmark

Dr Shaghaei currently works at the University Library of Southern Denmark as Head of Campus Library, where she also has oversight of the Internationalization. Moreover, she is member of Sustainability Committee at the library. Najmeh holds a PhD in Business Management and has a background as a researcher in Change Management.

Najmeh is a member of LIBER Leadership Programmes Working Group and LIBER Conference Programme Committee. In addition, she is a member of Advisory Board for Open Knowledge Maps Association in Austria.

She has nearly 27 years of leadership development experience within the context of the university library, giving career development counseling, providing strategic consultation on issues and best practices related to the long-term sustainability of the organization, and as executive and auditor of ISO Standard in different countries.

Najmeh has extensive experience in leadership, Change Management and Knowledge Management and has written and spoken on leadership and change management, the future of research libraries, diversity, and the role research libraries play to advance productivity in teaching and research.

She has worked on a number of national and international projects and done research related to leadership, Knowledge Management and Open Science.

Roxanne Missingham (Australian National University)
FALIA, PFHEA, OAM, is University Librarian (Chief Scholarly Information Officer) at the Australian National University.

Roxanne is responsible for setting the strategic vision for the University’s scholarly information resources and services which includes the libraries – collections and services, digital collections (particularly the Open Access repository), ANU Press and the Noel Butlin Archive.

Her career includes Commonwealth Parliamentary Librarian (2005-2012), Assistant Director General Resource Sharing Services (National Library), Director Reader Service (National Library) and Divisional Librarian CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology.

She is a passionate advocate for library collaboration to deliver access for Australians to quality to resources. Her work on open access and consortia has increased access for Australian to world-class research outputs and digitised collection. She is currently a copyright lead for the Council of Australian University Librarians, chairs the Universities Australia Working Group on Copyright and is a member of many national and international digital research library committees.

She has served on a number of boards and advisory committees including as President and board member of the Australian Library and Information Association. She is a Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Roxanne has received a number of awards including the Order of Australia award (2021), Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Canberra, Chief’s Award, CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology, Doreen Goodwin Award of the University of Canberra, Library and Information Studies Program, Australian Library and Information Association ACT Merit Award and Australian Library and Information Association New Graduates Coaches Gold Medal. She has been a finalist in the ACT Telstra Business Women of the Year.

She has produced over 200 book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and seminar presentations.

Dr Bertil Dorch (University of Southern Denmark)
Library Director Ph.D. University Library of Southern Denmark.

Presently also an associate Professor at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, SDU. President of the Danish Research Library Association (2014-2020). Chairman of the Danish Library Directors’ Conference (2015-2016). Member of the steering committee for the Danish Electronic Research Library (2017-2019) and of the Executive Board of LIBER (2017-2020).

Research areas: Stellar and solar magnetism, magneto-hydrodynamics, sunspots, stellar dynamos and computational astrophysics. Also works on scholarly communication, Open Science, research metrics and research integrity.