Friday, 25 May 2012

Information Literacy Coalition

Yesterday I went to the first meeting of the group which used to be the RIN Information Handling Working Group, but is now deciding on a new name to reflect a coalition of partners working on information literacy as it relates to research. It's always an exciting meeting, with so many enthusiastic supporters of IL in one room!

The different bodies associated with the coaltion include library representative organisations (SCONUL, RLUK, CILIP and the Special Libaries Association), as well as BAILER, the British Library, the Digital Curation Centre, the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Jorum, the UK Council for Graduate Education and Vitae. I'm there in an ad hominem capacity, just as myself!

The aim of the coalition is to bring together folks from different constituencies and professional groups which each provide distinctive perspectives to this area. Stephane Goldstein and Michael Jubb from the  Research Information Network have worked very hard to secure funding for a year from HEFCE to support the coalition. The funding will be used to support a range of activities, including:
- setting out, testing and disseminating criteria that can be used to describe and review training courses and other interventions in the area of information literacy;
- identifying and promoting good practice in information literacy training;
- supporting the use of the Researcher Development Framework and the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy as instruments for promoting the centrality of information literacy in a higher education setting;
- supporting small-scale project work to advance the evidence base in this area;
- developing links with relevant information literacy projects and initiatives in other countries, in order to share good practice and identify possible opportunities for international joint working.


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