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Fidzani & Duvigneau - Enabling Information Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • 1. Enabling Information Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa LILAC, 2011 Babakisi Fidzani & Siobhán Duvigneau
  • 2. British Library for DevelopmentStudies Economic & social development collection Post-graduate research library supporting studies & research Funded by DFID ◦ Part of MK4D programme ◦ IL Programme initially focused on African:  Researchers  Librarians
  • 3. 2010 IL Programme Activities
  • 4. Jonathan Harle (2010) Arcadia Report, “Growing knowledge: access to research in east and southern African universities” Fisher, C and Vogel, I (2008) “Locating the power of in-between: how research brokers and intermediaries support evidence-based pro-poor policy and practice”
  • 5. Institutional vision as an ILSdriverVision:University of Botswana (UB) wants to be: A leading centre of academic excellence in Africa and in the world 6
  • 6. Self introspection of UB A strategy for excellence: UB Strategic Plan, 2016 and beyond Six Priority areas1. Extending access and participation2. Providing relevant and high quality programs3. Intensifying Research Performance4. Strengthening engagement5. Improving the student experience6. Enhancing Human Resources
  • 7. Self introspection of UB Had positive impact on Library Facilitation of learning process by librarians gains recognition Opportunities ◦ DeLPHE Project Initiatives supportive of ILS
  • 8. Initiatives: external & internaldrivers Internal factors  Employability strategy ◦ What attributes?  Senate recommendations on GEC  Quality of student learning ◦ Policy initiatives  Learning and teaching policy  Research Strategy ◦ Programme reviews  Role of library in learning, teaching and research
  • 9. Learning and Teaching PolicyGraduate attributes 1. Information and communication technology knowledge and skills 2. Self‐directed, lifelong learning skills 3. Critical and creative thinking skills 4. Problem‐solving skills 5. Communication skills 6. Entrepreneurship and employability skills 7. Organizational and teamwork skills 8. Research skills and information literacy 9. Social responsibility and leadership skills 10. Interpersonal skills 11. Cross‐cultural fluency 12. Accountability and ethical standards
  • 10. Expected DeLPHE project outputs  An evidence-based framework for embedding information literacy into university programmes  Pedagogical training programme for library professionals and academic staff  Customisation of global perspectives from best practices  CBU and UAD: Strategic Partner insights
  • 11. Advocacy Plan Departmental level Strategic partners ◦ Who are the drivers of learning and teaching policy? Centre for Academic Development ◦ Teaching and Learning Unit ◦ ILS Reference Group Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC AA) AADMT
  • 12. Next Steps Strengthening collaboration between librarians and academics Intensifying awareness raising ◦ Individual ◦ Institutional Widen collaboration at regional & international levels Building capacity of M&E for ILS interventions
  • 13. Thank you for listening