Digital and Information Literacies Strategy launched
4 October 2012
A new strategy to further develop information and digital literacies in the University has just been launched.
The strategy is Information Services' response to the University's new Education Strategy which embeds learning literacies into the curriculum to prepare students for study and employment in the digital age. The Information Services strategy, Embedding learning literacies at Cardiff University: INSRV's Digital and Information Literacies Strategy 2012-2014, outlines the contribution of Library and IT Services in supporting the achievement of the University Strategy. Central to this is the provision of development opportunities in digital and information literacies for students, researchers, lecturers and administrative staff, and sharing good practice within and beyond the University.
The strategy builds on the two previous information literacy strategies, which have greatly enhanced information literacy development opportunities in the University. The 2011/12 survey of Subject Librarians suggested that two-thirds of all Cardiff University students are already developing their information literacy through opportunities in their curriculum. Innovative learning materials on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, citing and referencing and selecting and using academic information are available for use by lecturers in the Information Literacy Resource Bank. Staff members in Library Services have also led the Welsh Information Literacy Project which created the Information Literacy Framework for Wales, and acted as consultant on the RIN project on the role of supervisors in research students' information literacy.
This three-year strategy for the first time brings together information literacy with the related concept of digital literacy.
This is in response to the JISC-funded Digidol project which is an institution-wide initiative promoting the development of digital literacy across all staff and students. With national and sector specific drivers, this is a timely opportunity for Cardiff University to up-skill its workforce and future graduates so that they're able to make better use of the wealth of digital tools that are available for work, learning and living. Over the next few months a number of workshops will be run to help staff and students get up to speed with what digital literacy is all about and to help them gain some hands-on experience putting these technologies into practice.