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Short list of good practice examples of Information Literacy delivery in UK HE

June 10, 2013

A number of self-selected information literacy resources have been evaluated using the RIDLs criteria, leading to a shortlisting of a selection of 15 good practice examples. This is not to say that every aspect of each of the shortlisted examples is perfect – this project is not about finding ‘the best’ information literacy resource – but the benefit of this selection is that those charged with developing resources to serve a similar need may efficiently access some examples – and ultimately, perhaps, that ‘good practice’ may become ‘common practice’. The value of the criteria in this research has been to provide an analytical framework for such evaluations (for the researcher) and act as a reflective tool (for the developers/deliverers). Hopefully some of the recommendations and comments within the report, combined with a reflective look at the examples – and contact with their helpful representatives – may assist those attempting to deliver good practice information literacy in UK HE in 2013 and beyond.

  • Cardiff UniversityEmbedded information literacyPostgraduate students, integration of information and digital literacies into the University Graduate College skills development programme
  • Cranfield UniversityOnline information literacy tutorialUndergraduate / postgraduate students, highly interactive online tutorials on a wide range of IL issues; attractively and imaginatively packaged.
  • Glasgow Caledonian UniversityPG IL module (‘Pilot’)Postdoc researchers, online tutorials on wide range of IL issues (developed for postdocs, but also suitable for graduate students).
  • Loughborough UniversityeMRSG: East Midlands Research Support Group: early career researchers, online interactive tutorials on disseminating research outputs and reference management. Resource developed jointly by four East Midlands HEIs.
  • LSEMY592Postgraduate students, structured 6-week course on many aspects of IL
  • Open University, Ready to researchPostgraduate students, a set of online tutorials, structured within a broad range of IL topics.
  • Oxford UniversityResearch Skills ToolkitPostgraduate students, a set of interactive online resources
  • University of BathInformation Skills for Research PostgraduatesPostgraduate students, extensive programme of courses throughout the academic year, mostly on literature searching, but also on copyright, plagiarism, use of databases. Some discipline-specific resources.
  • University of BirminghamRaising your research profileWorkshops on publishing, bibliometrics and social media.
  • University of DurhamTraining Resources 1213Postgraduate students, range of  IL courses
  • University of EdinburghResearch Data MANTRA coursePostgraduate students, online tutorials on all aspects of research data management.
  • University of ManchesterMedia & Information resourcePostgraduate students, researchers, podcast-based online resource covering wide range of IL issues.
  • University of NottinghamEffective Literature SearchingPostgraduate students (early stage), 5-day course on literature searching
  • University of SalfordSalford Postgraduate Research Training (SPoRT)Postgraduate researchers, wide-ranging programme of workshops reflecting the structure of the RDF; selected sessions available on aspects of IL.
  • University of WarwickDigital ResearcherEarly career researchers, module-based, 18-week online learning programme on social media in the research lifecycle.

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