Library Services is on board!

The support community we will instigate focuses on information literacies in the broadest sense. We are particularly interested in the digital information life cycle – from research, to review and then output. We want a sustainable and participative way of building and maintaining library staff skills and confidence in the context of a fast changing technological context. We want to push their use of digital tools and information resources, empowering them to work in innovative ways with new technologies and having the self-assurance to seek student involvement in co-creation and agenda setting.

We are looking at something like the “23 things” approach, you can see an example of it here at Huddersfield http://25researchthings2011.wordpress.com/

In the 3 month period we will scope the territory further and produce an element of the programme.

David Bracegirdle, Jess Crilly

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3 Responses to Library Services is on board!

  1. I had a look at the 25 Things site and was impressed – what a great idea and a nice design too; I wondered:
    a) how closely your approach will mirror Huddersfield’s – will you be focusing on a narrower range of skills specific to information gathering and management, or about the same?
    b) will this be directed mainly at library staff or will you be inviting/recruiting staff and students from all directions?

    Great stuff 🙂

  2. Great, yes the 25 Things site is great and we can copy and use all this information in our projects as its openly licensed with creative commons, a good example of reuse of digital media content without having to replicate. Its finding these little gems that’s the challenge and can be a information literacies community in itself, I think your proposed community could benefit from a dual approach – acknowledge the big picture/problem/context and then provide a real would example that illustrates someone at the start of this journey and the impact the community pilot project has on them and others over the 3 month pilot ?

  3. Thanks Lindsay…good questions! The Huddersfield example is aimed at introducing research students to the use of web 2. There are elements of the programme that are really appealing -its participative, flexible and hopefully sustainable. I guess there would be some elements of overlap with a programme for library staff – who could then incorporate new skills and awareness into their practice – but why not open it up, moving away from the gatekeeper approach…One thing we are aware of is that its a fast moving field, and we need to avoid delivering an established cannon, hence the need for co-creation. Some thinking to be done here…..

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