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Mapping Resources to Competences – report

December 12, 2013

Mapping resources to competencies (link to PDF)

In order to assess and benchmark the effectiveness of its own digital presence, its members’ digital literacies and to propose changes to professional development where appropriate, SCONUL has been working as a participating professional association in the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme, which runs from July 2011 to December 2013. During this process SCONUL has drawn upon the considerable expert advice available within its community, and worked in close collaboration with peer organisations and specific project outputs to explore new approaches to embedding digital literacy in working practices.

This downloadable document [Mapping resources to competencies (PDF)] explores resources and developments around the JISC Developing Digital Literacies (DDL) programme through a SCONUL lens. It considers the outcomes of the SCONUL baseline survey (2012) and maps key findings from the survey to relevant resources available through the JISC Design Studio resource, which collates project and association outputs from the DDL programme. The DDL programme has generated a large number of resources. This document is designed to help SCONUL members focus on those most relevant to them in the pursuit of developing digital literacies.

The threads that tie these outputs together are based on taking a strategic perspective to institutional change based on ‘inter-departmental multi-stakeholder conversations’ – involving not only librarians but other services as well as faculty and students in a unified process which acknowledges that digital literacies are not the sole ‘property’ of one department but the responsibility of the wider academic community. These conversations can be facilitated through careful examination of many of the links to resources in this document – and many more can be found on the JISC Design Studio.

Developing networks and collaborations through these conversations will enable a cooperative stance and an informed approach is more likely to amplify the voice of the library in these conversations. This will help maintain librarians’ relevance in the changing information landscape. Following and citing good practice examples will continue to contribute towards making good practice common practice, and adopting and adapting formal CPD frameworks will contribute towards strategically meeting these aims. Using up-to-date tools for staff and student development will keep libraries on the cutting edge of development and delivery of digital literacies, and the more widespread use and continuing development of our Seven Pillars, and the new Digital Literacy Lens, will help to unify the sector and provide our stakeholders with a consistent message.

A discussion of this work can be found in the current issue of CILIP Update (December 2013)

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