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Rules of engagement – or preparing for an information literacy review with a view to raising the profile within the organisation. Gordon

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Rules of engagement – or preparing for an information literacy review with a view to raising the profile within the organisation. Gordon

  1. 1. Rules of engagement Preparing for and using an external review of an information literacy programme for marketing purposes Alison Gordon Senior Information Specialist University of Abertay Dundee
  2. 2. Setting the scene - Abertay • User education from 1970s • LISP (Library Information Skills Programme) – early 1990s • EduLib – late 1990s • Information literacy framework - 2004
  3. 3. Setting the scene • 2004-2007 –Increased integration –Extensive evaluation –Limited assessment
  4. 4. Strategic changes • 2007-08 – University’s corporate strategy • Graduate attributes • Supporting goals and targets – T&L plan • Move to 60% EBL –Employability asset framework • Includes IL • PDP/career development
  5. 5. Rationale for the external review • Confirmation of good practice • Recognition and awareness within the University • Where to next?
  6. 6. The plot - using the review strategically • Before – Internal reviewers • Friendly academics, different disciplines • Already convinced of the value of IL • Active strategically and operationally – External reviewers • Recognised IL academic • Academic working with librarians to deliver IL
  7. 7. The action - using the review strategically • After – The strengths identified • Engagement with programme teams • Reflective learning mediated through the use of new technologies • Support provided to students • Ability to provide a lead in the area of EBL • Areas of good practice
  8. 8. More action - using the review strategically • After – The issues from the review • Identify barriers to integration • Engage with School Teaching & Learning Committees • IL representation on programme approval panels • Working with other support services • Support from the University • The 7th pillar • Assessment • Writing and publishing
  9. 9. The director’s job… • Getting started – commit yourself in development plan! • Quality enhancement – speak to the chair at an early stage • Secretariat – advice
  10. 10. The review • Preparation – Fix your dates in good time – Check no other University events on – Send all colleagues a diary appointment – Domestic details – Documentation – Allow enough time
  11. 11. Rules of engagement Alison Gordon Senior Information Specialist University of Abertay Dundee a.gordon@abertay.ac.uk

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