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the development and implementation of an information literacy policy at cardiff university

The Development and Implementation of an Information Literacy Policy at Cardiff University

Stephen Iwan Griffiths

and Cathie Jackson

cardiff university
22 academic departments

15,000 students

3000 staff

£140 million budget

7th in RAE

21 departments rated ‘excellent’ for teaching

‘World-class’

Research-led teaching and learning

Vocational disciplines

Highly employable graduates

‘Converged’ Information Services model

Cardiff University
why a policy
Why a Policy?

Agendas:

  • Welsh Higher Education
  • Cardiff University
  • Information Services
development
Development
  • Information Services’ Learning & Training Group
  • Met during 2000/01
  • Reported to Information Services’ Management Team
  • Membership included the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Director of Information Services and representatives from other divisions
  • New policy went to Teaching & Learning Committee and Senate in May/ June 2001
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Development

Scenarios:

  • Undergraduate Student
  • PhD Student
  • Administrative Staff
information literacy policy
Information Literacy Policy
  • Link C&IT skills and information skills
  • Student learning (UG and PG) in the first instance, but also staff development
  • Impressed by US and Australian developments
  • Rather less impressed by UK developments
  • Adopted and adapted the ‘Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education’ produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries in the USA
information literacy policy1
Information Literacy Policy

Research-led Teaching and Learning

Information Literacy

Information

Skills

C&IT

Skills

Employability

Skills

information literacy policy2
Determine the extent of information needed

Access the neededinformation effectively

Evaluate information and its sources critically

Incorporate selected information into one’s own knowledge base

Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

Information Literacy Policy
  • An information literate individual would be able to:
implementation
Implementation

Macro Level

  • University Strategic Plan
  • Partnership: Integration: People (PiP)
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy
  • Work Experience and Employability Plan
implementation1
Implementation

Macro Level

  • Information Services’ Strategy
  • University Guidance Note (May 2002)
  • Built into QA processes
  • New Staff Development Policy
implementation2
Implementation

Micro Level

  • Dissemination of Vision
  • Resource Centre Model
  • Departmental discussions
  • Marketing of courses and materials
implementation3
Implementation

Micro Level

Legal Foundations Course

in Cardiff Law School

what does it take
What does it take?

“The real challenge of the 1990s is for instructional librarians to develop the necessary political skills to convince faculty colleagues and administrators that there is a coherent set of intellectual skills in information-seeking that can be taught, evaluated, and dove-tailed with the large goals of the institution”

Craig Gibson, ‘Accountability for BI Programs in Academic Libraries: Key issues for the 1990s’,

Reference Librarian 38 (1992): 103

the development and implementation of an information literacy policy at cardiff university1

The Development and Implementation of an Information Literacy Policy at Cardiff University

Stephen Iwan Griffiths

and Cathie Jackson

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