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Archive for March, 2009

Defining excellence in Learning Resource Service provision

Posted by andrewey on March 20, 2009

JISC RSC London and CoFHE held a very successful event to launch the FE LRS toolkit, produced by CoFHE and CoLRiC, at CILIP on Thursday 12 March.

There were over 50 attendees from FE highlighting the significance of the toolkit to the sector. The RSC London website provides details of the event and links to the presentations.

Collette Xavier, from CoLRiC, spoke about how they are updating their Peer Accreditation Scheme and how it will have greater synergy with the LRS toolkits developed in England, Scotland and Wales.

Feedback from the event was very positive although it highlighted  the need for clarification on some areas of the toolkit – which CoFHE will collate and put on the website with the toolkit.

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FE library update – February 2009

Posted by andrewey on March 3, 2009

The FE learning resources toolkit for English college is now at the printers and will be being distributed by CoFHE/JISC Regional Support Centres. I will be speaking at the toolkit launch at CILIP HQ on Thursday 12 March.

CoFHE will be publishing support material/clarifications relating to the toolkit on the CoFHE website so please post comments here if there is any aspect of the toolkit which is unclear.

One query raised was in relation to the CoLRiC benchmarks which are cited in the toolkit – these refer to the CoLRiC Peer Accreditation scheme. Copies of this documentation is available from CoLRiC, although there is a charge.

The CoFHE Bulletin issues for Autumn/Spring have been delayed owing to a lack of copy so if your are doing something innovative in an FE library service then I’d like to hear from you (to write a short piece for the Bulletin of around 500 words). 

A programme for the 2009 CoFHE conference at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh will be available shortly and plans are underway or the joint CoFHE/UCR conference in 2010 to be held at Exeter University.

There will be a FE/HE strand at Umbrella, 14-15 July, University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield). Umbrella is also an excellent opportunity to see good practice in other library sectors.

There is now a direct mailing service for CoFHE news (as distinct from the CoFHE JISC Mail discussion forum) – so if you’d like to be kept up to date with what’s happening in FE libraries then please update your contact details via the CILIP website.

The CoFHE JISC mail forum is an excellent way of asking fellow FE professionals for advice and information (click here for more information).

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