Preparing our users for digital life beyond the institution - Brian Kelly & Jenny Evans
The question: What institutional support is available if staff
are made redundant and wish to continue to make use of
IT? This was the question Brian Kelly faced after receiving
his redundancy letter in April 2013.
Is support for Cloud services being addressed? A third of respondents had an
institutional Information Literacy policy. But of those that do, only 15% stated that it
covered Cloud service – only 6 of the 85 responses!
Furthermore only 2 institutions have an IL policy which addresses the needs of those
who wish to use Cloud services when they leave the institution!
A lack of consensus A diversity of
attitudes towards support for use of
Cloud services exists.
Given options of lack of resources, time
or expertise 85% of respondents chose
“It’s not our responsibility”! But whose
responsibility is it?
To put it another way “Are librarians
enablers of life-long access to digital
technologies or custodians of
An Information Literacy policy will help
ensure that staff and researchers as well
as students have the life-long skills
required to make use of IT systems
beyond those provided by the institution.
Preparing our Users for Digital Life
Beyond the Institution
We received 89 responses to a
survey, mainly from the UK but also
from Australia and North America.
Over 96% of responses were from
Survey and analysis by Brian Kelly, Cetis
and Jenny Evans, Imperial College London.
For further information see
Assumption The Evidence
Not the Librarian’s Job?