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My presentation at the UKSG FE day

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  1. 1. Putting the e-in FE Tom Roper, Head of Learning Resources, South Thames College
  2. 2. The disclaimers UKSG, 17 November 2009
  3. 3. Meat One and Plasterers Two <ul><li>FE as I knew it: CCAT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VIth form college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocational education </li></ul></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  4. 4. HE in FE…or not <ul><li>Open access </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly communication </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Falling visitor numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  5. 5. The natives seemed friendly, but… <ul><li>Little cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Little interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Little comparison </li></ul><ul><li>Low horizons </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  6. 6. STC <ul><li>Rapid expansion of e-content </li></ul><ul><li>Link librarians </li></ul><ul><li>STCLive </li></ul><ul><li>Restructuring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New e-resources co-ordinator post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apprentices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New flagship building </li></ul><ul><li>Merger </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  7. 7. What has been achieved so far? UKSG, 17 November 2009
  8. 8. More barriers UKSG, 17 November 2009
  9. 9. And more UKSG, 17 November 2009
  10. 10. And more UKSG, 17 November 2009
  11. 11. What next? <ul><li>Major cuts in funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More mergers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TES, 13 November 2009: ‘colleges face threat of further £200m cutback’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bonfire of quangos </li></ul><ul><li>The return of the pay wall </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  12. 12. What next? <ul><li>The positives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HE in FE: leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cf M25/ Kingston University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HE can learn from FE too </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Massification </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Doing more with less </li></ul></ul></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  13. 13. A possible manifesto: part 1 <ul><li>Understand the changing educational and social world of learners and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>New services and spaces to meet changing needs and break down barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Insinuate our content in learner and teachers daily routines </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  14. 14. A possible manifesto: part 2 <ul><li>Become institutional experts on the practice and theory of information management </li></ul><ul><li>Reassess our professional education and training </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise that we are not the sole custodians of content, but that we provide organisation and metadata that make content discoverable and useful </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  15. 15. A possible manifesto: part 3 <ul><li>Seize opportunities to develop unique core services, and find partnerships to deliver common services and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Be research-active: learn from others’ research; support teachers moving into research </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate to users, funders, governors, policy makers, the value LRCs and libraries bring to learning and teaching </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009
  16. 16. I will do such things -- 
What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be 
The terrors of the earth! Shakespeare, King Lear UKSG, 17 November 2009
  17. 17. Further information <ul><li>Slides and references on UKSG site, and on </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: or </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @tomroper </li></ul>UKSG, 17 November 2009