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The information literacy audit at the University of Salford. Fielding

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The information literacy audit at the University of Salford. Fielding

  1. 1. The Information Literacy Audit at the University of Salford Gillian Fielding Monica Casey
  2. 2. The Information Literacy Audit • Overview – Background, methodology, findings, benefits and drawbacks, what happened next…. • Salford World’s 1st free public library BBC Media City Emmeline Pankhurst LS Lowry Walter Greenwood Peter Hook Paul Scholes World Cup Triathlon Sir Peter Maxwell Davies 1st gas lit street James Prescott Joule Marx & Engels Albert Finney
  3. 3. The Information Literacy Audit • University of Salford – 20000 students, 540 UG and 320 PGT programmes – 3000 staff • Audit background – Historically importance of IL not strategically recognised – New PVC Academic – Learning & Teaching Enhancement Committee – Undertook a snapshot then audit
  4. 4. Methodology • Audit tool – Based on ILS Information Literacy Framework (adapted from Leeds University’s) – Online / paper-based versions • Undertaken by Information Specialists – Existing knowledge – Meetings with Programme Leaders • Results collated – School, faculty and University wide report
  5. 5. Findings (1) New lvl Old lvl % Information Literacy provision to Faculty University H&SC SEE AMSS BLBE Induction 0 90 100 67 96 97 4 1 83 88 67 85 80 5 2 70 91 61 65 61 6 3 69 90 67 62 58
  6. 6. Findings (2) • Identified areas of good practice • Identified gaps in provision • Best practice was found where Information Literacy was embedded in curriculum
  7. 7. Benefits • Increased liaison opportunities • Raised the profile of the Information Literacy Framework • Generated more Information Literacy sessions • Clearly defined Information Literacy • Highlighted our services to Programme Leaders • Raised the profile of other skills (-1, 6) • Promoted ICT and other training and support
  8. 8. Drawbacks • Time consuming • Resistance • Timing of audit – Realising Our Vision • Timing – marking and exam boards
  9. 9. What happened next…. • The Audit report went to LTEC, they requested an implementation plan • Workshop took place early March • Implementation plan presented to LTEC March 2010 • Next update at CILIP in June
  10. 10. Questions Gillian Fielding g.d.fielding@salford.ac.uk, 0161 295 4253 Monica Casey m.casey@salford.ac.uk, 0161 295 2442

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