Information literacy project 2013
The focus of the 2013 project was digital inclusion. The use of technology to improve people’s life chances. Digital inclusion also includes issues around the ethical use of information, e-safety and the wider social justice agenda. We are seeking to promote fair and equitable access to quality information necessary and for people to have the skills to use that information to support life choices and full participation in society.
The main objectives of the project were
- For CILIP to be seen as a key stakeholder and participant in information literacy across a range of issues
- To gain a broader acceptance amongst our membership that information literacy is a key “public good” of the profession
Information literacy and your work survey
We surveyed over 4,000 members working in health, government, commercial, leagal and public libraries about the role information literacy plays in their work
- 88% of respondents said they had a good understanding of information literacy and 72% that information literacy was a part of their current role.
- 75% of respondents agreed/ strongly agreed that their employer recognised the importance of information literacy to their organisation and, more importantly, 71% agreed/ strongly agreed that their employer recognised the library and information professional’s role in supporting it.
- Of the people who said that it wasn’t part of their current role, 55% believed that it should be. From this we can say that 89% of respondents believe that information literacy is or should be an important part of what they do.
- 80% of respondents said they had received some form of information literacy training, whether formal or informal. The importance of training was evident in the comments we received.
- 35% of respondents undertook their library training 25+ years ago and a little over 14% of people responding had their library training in the last five years.
- 521 people responded representing a 12% response rate. The largest number of responses (47%) came from the public library sector, the second largest response came from health librarians (16.5%).
Digital participation summit
CILIP hosted a Digital Participation Summit along with Co sponsors Carnegie UK Trust. The purpose of the summit was to promote the role of libraries and library and information professionals as important partners in promoting digital participation and to gain an insight into how organisations working in the digital participation field view the potential role and contribution of the LIS sector. Our invited audience was made up of people predominantly from non LIS organisations.
Information literacy project 2014
Our objectives remained the same and the 2014 project continued to focus on digital inclusion and a new area information literacy in the work environment.
- Information literacy is for life, not just for a good degree: a literature review by Dr C. Inskip, UCL Department of information Studies and member of CILIP’s Information Literacy Board
- UK Digital Inclusion Charter
To ensure the success of the government’s digital inclusion strategy a UK Digital Inclusion Charter has been signed by 48 cross-sector partners including CILIP. As signatories CILIP have agreed to support the joint actions of the UK Digital Inclusion Charter, actively participate in the charter signatories forum meetings and events and share knowledge and best practice.
- E-safety roundtable
Library and information professionals can make a significant contribution in teaching people how to stay safe online. Knowing how to stay safe online and having the skills to manage your digital footprint brings the confidence to fully engage with and enjoy the positive benefits the online world offers. Understanding e-safety is part of the digital literacy skills set required by individuals on a personal level and in the workplace. CILIP held a Roundtable event in London on 30 September 2014 to look at the role of library and information professionals in the e-safety arena and how their skills can be put to best use through partnership working.
- Information competencies in the workplace roundtable
A collaborative event between CILIP and the Information Literacy Group and InformAll was held at BT HQ in London on 19 March 2014. Beyond academia the concept of information literacy is not widely recognised though the ability and capacity to handle information and understand its use, application and, increasingly in a digital environment its creation, is recognised as a necessary skills set amongst employers and others in the employment sector.