UoR academic staff acting as Library Representatives for their school or department, other teaching and learning experts, and Library staff came together over lunch recently for their fifth annual Community of Practice meeting. Its theme was skills development within the curriculum and showcased collaborative work in one department to establish information literacy levels required at each undergraduate stage.
Information literacy skills audit: Food case study
Jackie Skinner, Liaison Librarian for Food Studies spoke about a skills audit she undertook in close collaboration with Food and Nutritional Sciences Programme Directors to identify what skills are required of students at different stages of their academic development and where these were taught (or not). Study Skills Adviser, Michelle Reid spoke about her crucial early input, based on implementing ANCIL, A New Curriculum for Information Literacy. Professor Bob Rastall added his perspective as Head of Department.
This was followed by discussion and questions. Inspired participants may use resources provided to identify any information literacy skills development gaps in their own areas with their own liaison librarians.
Information literacy is defined as ‘knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner’ by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, to which most librarians belong after postgraduate qualification and portfolio submission.
Getting the Community spirit
The Library Representatives’ Community of Practice events are arranged by the Library’s Helen Hathaway, Head of Academic Liaison and Support to enable cross-faculty co-ordination, share good practice, explore new ideas and solutions to Library issues on an informal level. Departmental Library Representatives are academic staff who communicate departmental resource requests and other information between their department and the Library.
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