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Presentation at LILAC 2014

April 22, 2014

I look forward to presenting findings of the Mapping Resources to Competences report (on Friday morning at 0945) at this week’s LILAC 2014 (Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference) in Sheffield, UK. Slides will be made available through the conference’s Slideshare account ( and will also be uploaded to this blog.


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 was a participating professional association in the JISC Developing Digital Literacies (DDL) programme, which ran from July 2011 to December 2013. During this process SCONUL drew upon the considerable expertise within its community, and worked in close collaboration with peer organisations and specific outputs to explore new approaches to embedding digital literacy in working practices.

This presentation considers the key findings of a baseline survey, mapping them to relevant outputs from the DDL programme. The threads that tie these outputs together are based on taking a strategic perspective to institutional change based on ‘inter-departmental multi-stakeholder conversations’. These conversations involve 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.

Resources around policy and strategic change management recognise the importance of collaborative conversations within and across institutions. Developing networks and collaborations through conversations can enable a cooperative stance. An informed approach is more likely to amplify the voice of the library in these negotiations. This will help maintain the library’s relevance in the changing information landscape. Following and citing good practice examples will 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 the Seven Pillars, and the new Digital Literacy Lens, will help to unify the sector and provide stakeholders with a consistent message.


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