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Welsh Information Literacy Project – Phase III

Posted by LibeRaCe on April 14, 2012

 A hello and welcome from the new WILP project team. No transition is ever easy, and where technology is concerned it’s very true in this case, so our first team post will be hosted here on the Coleg Llandrillo Library blog for the time being. Many, many thanks to Cathie, Sarah and Louise for all their help, support and advice over the past few weeks. Their expertise and significant achievements during Phase I and II have created a solid foundation for Phase III developments, not too mention very high professional standards which we hope to emulate!

For those of you who may not have been aware, Phase III of the WILP project was recently awarded to Coleg Llandrillo’s Library and Learning Technology Service (LLTS) team, lead by Dr.Andrew Eynon. In addition to Dr.Eynon as Project Coordinator, the team has three part-time project officers –

Pat Hebron (LLTS – Senior Information Officer) who has been involved in the project since January

Síona Murray (LLTS – Information Officer) who started in April

Gina Maddison (Learning Resource Assistant) who also began her role in April

Pat, Síona and Gina all hold various other roles within Coleg Llandrillo LLTS including teaching on the Library Foundation Degree, promoting Reader Development within the college and supporting staff and students in improving their own information literacy skills.

Phase III of the project is currently in it’s infancy, however there are three main streams that the project team will be concentrating on developing over the next 12 months:

Public Libraries

  • Continuing development of Agored Cymru units, learning resources and supporting other colleges to deliver the training
  • Identifying and training public library Information Literacy champions and aiding them to disseminate training
  • Supporting champions, additional staff and public libraries in preparing to offer training to library users

Schools/Education

  • Promotion and advocacy activities to highlight the importance and relevance of embedded IL within the curriculum
  • Supporting Local Authorities and selected schools to run pilot projects incorporating IL frameworks
  • Extending the case study and shared resource database to support other groups to incorporate IL activities into teaching pedagogies

Information Literacy for Employability

  • Promotion and advocacy activities to highlight the importance and relevance of IL as part of an essential skillset for employees
  • Establish links with employers and related agencies to raise awareness of the practical applications of IL in the workplace
  • Establish links with  Basic Skills, Essential Skills, Enterprise and Work Based Learning practitioners to investigate the embedding of IL within these core areas

While Phase III is wide ranging in it’s aspirations, all of these streams are linked by the importance the team places on promotion, advocacy and stengthening stakeholder networks – both locally and nationally. This cross sectoral and collaborative approach has also been a crucial element in the successes of Phase I and II and the Coleg Llandrillo team hope to develop this even further.

To contact the project team, please use the new email address wilp@llandrillo.ac.uk or we can also be reached through the project website. You can also call us on (01492) 542342 or indeed follow us on Twitter @welsh_info_lit.  If you are that way inclined, we have also set up a WILP tag on our delicious.com/Llandrillo_Library account – why not join our network and share resources?

We very much look forward to working with you all!

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One Response to “Welsh Information Literacy Project – Phase III”

  1. […] It is very important for us that the aims and objectives of project Phase III are informed by these cross-sectoral strategic development plans in Wales and that delivered project outcomes provide practical support to the Information Literacy agenda. This approach, in addition to the guidance provided by the established project steering group and the professional experience of the team members, will give us the best possible start to Phase III. Project team members will be contacting stakeholders across Local Authorities – schools and public libraries – to develop the central themes as highlighted in our first Welcome post. […]

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