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Welsh Information Literacy Project – Spreading the word one buffet at a time …..

Posted by LibeRaCe on June 8, 2012

A bit of an international feel to the project teams recent conference and advocacy activties, with visits to Cardiff, England and Denmark!

Project Manager Andrew Eynon attended the ‘Information Literacy: A way of life’ conference in Nyborg, Denmark on the 10th– 11th May. Many questions were asked about the Welsh project and attendees were very impressed with the advances made already with regards to embedding information literacy across different sectors in Wales. It was interesting to see the similarities faced in both Wales and Denmark with regards to raising awareness of information literacy issues outside a library audience. Drew Whitworths keynote address can be found here.

Project Officers Pat and Gina attended the CILIP in Wales conference on 18th May in Cardiff – Alyson Tyler also blogged about the conference here . One of the sessions our project officers attended was Caroline Roche’s “Speaking from the Heart – a voice to school librarians” in which she gave an enlightening insight into the situation of school libraries and librarians within England. Caroline also demonstrated a blog that she had created called “Speaking from the Heart” http://heartoftheschool.edublogs.org which sets out to show the professional work that school librarians carry out and showcase best practice. Pat also attended a very useful session delivered by Lori Harvard in which she described the Love Your Library Day at Swansea University. The event was used as a way to gather  feedback from customers about their library service in a way which was fun and engaging. Text and tweet walls (and cakes!) were used to gather feedback as well as the more traditional methods that libraries regularly use.

Project Officer Síona attended the RSC North West training day on Independent learning in Stockport. A great, collaborative day sharing insights and challenges with an enthusiastic group of librarians, learner support staff and tutors. It gave us LOTS to think about and there’s more detail here.

More dates lined up over the next few months, with project visits to the Gregynog Colloquium (Mon & Tues for all you poster junkies), CILIP in Scotland and the CILIP IL Executive briefing due before August. We’ll keep you posted and hands off the hors d’oeuvres – the mini pizzas are ours!

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