Library Services things Unlimited update for DIAL draft final report

Library Services things Unlimited project update for the DIAL project draft final report. This project focuses on digital information literacy, addressing this initially through a process of discussion and confidence building with Library Services staff. See project overview.

What benefits has your project delivered and who are the beneficiaries?

  • Enable the production of learning tools for library staff (Zotero, Research Data Management)
  • DIAL coincides with Library Services initiatives on staff development and strategic ambitions to extend the library services offer in digital information literacy, so students, researchers and other user groups will ultimately benefit.
  • Provided a medium for library staff with specialist knowledge to share this with other staff
  • Provided a medium for engagement with other University colleagues on digital information literacy
  • Each resource also acts as a source of data and information for further publications and user facing guidance

What other impacts has your project had?

  • Started a process of engagement with OER production
  • Developed the skills of those staff involved with the DIAL project (e.g. models for digital information literacy, production of OERs, additional research for the production of the “things”, etc)
  • Raised the profile of UAL in this area, with the submission of a poster at LILAC 2013

How will the project be developed further/sustained?

  • Currently the first resource is being evaluated. It has been well received, with useful feedback for the development of future resources.
  • We plan to launch over the summer with the first 3 resources, and invite others in the department to add to this list, so we are looking at a self sustaining model.
  • We chose LibGuides software as it’s already in use in Library Services and relatively easy to use. We have a set up a template resource so that others can either produce resources themselves, or give us the content to produce one.
  • We haven’t allocated additional resources to the production of the LibGuides; the main commitments required are the possession of digital information skills, and willingness to share them by engaging with the project.
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