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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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October FE library update

Posted by andrewey on November 7, 2008

CoFHE Conference 2009

Further details of the 2009 CoFHE conference have been confirmed:

‘E-libraries and green-libraries: exploring accessibility and sustainability’

Dates for your diary! Advance notice of the 2009 Annual CoFHE Conference, to be held Wednesday 17th June to Friday 19th June 2009 at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Please contact Jo Rowley (JRowley@qmu.ac.uk) to be kept informed of conference developments.

CoFHE Cymru Conference 2009

Owing to generous funding from the Kathleen Cooks fund it can be confirmed that the Welsh CoFHE conference will take place on Friday 24 April 2009 at Coleg Glan Hafren (Cardiff). The conference will feature speakers on good practice in FE and HE libraries. The conference will be free of charge to CoFHE Cymru members.

FE learning resources self-evaluation toolkit

Promotional events are currently being planned with JISC RSCs and regional CoFHE circles in the North West, West Midlands, South West and London. Please contact your local RSC for more details. 

Information literacy articles

The journal Communication in Information Literacyis available full text online and the current issue includes an interesting article on the use of Web 2.0 tools in teaching information literacy:

Patrick Ragains, ‘Web 2.0: Opportunities for Information Literacy Instruction’

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August FE library news update

Posted by andrewey on August 29, 2008

I’m going to post monthly updates providing short library news items which may be of interest to other FE librarians:

The new occupational standards for the Library Archives and Information Services (LAIS) sector have been published (LLUK have indicated that the standards will also be published in Welsh – depending on funding). As an NVQ co-ordinator I’m hoping that we will have the new qualification standards in place for the start of the 2009/10 academic year. The new standards also mean that staff working in the archives sector will be following the same qualification as library staff rather than having their own distinct set of occupational standards.

There is now an international Information Literacy logo which can be downloaded and used freely.

The new edition of the CoFHE Bulletin (No. 113) includes a write up of the CoFHE/UC&R conference workshop on using podcasting in education. If you would like to submit an article for the Bulletin please contact me.

The Learning resources quality toolkit for English colleges (which I have been working on with colleagues in England) is due for publication in September. The toolkit has been a joint venture between CoFHE and CoLRiC and was based on the successful toolkits produced for FE library services in Scotland and Wales. The English toolkit will be made available electronically via the Centre for Excellence in Leadership as well as CoFHE/CoLRiC. CoFHE also intends to publish the toolkit in hardcopy and to distribute it to all colleges in England.

I have also contributed to the revised Welsh learning resources toolkit which is due for publication, by fforwm, before Christmas (again the toolkit will be made available free of charge electronically and in hardcopy, in both English and Welsh, to all colleges in Wales). 

Work is also underway to revise the Scottish learning resources toolkit, which will apparently make reference to the use of Web 2.0 technologies – I do not know when this is scheduled for publication.

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CoFHE UC&R Conference 2008

Posted by andrewey on June 27, 2008

As a fairly regular attendee of CoFHE conferences I can honestly say that this year’s conference has been the best one I have attended.

Although I could be called biased, owing to my (very peripheral) role on the organising committee, this year’s conference had an excellent balance of FE and HE speakers and workshops.

Some of the interesting concepts and information sources I picked up on included:

‘Creepy tree house

This was defined as the negative perception students have of Web 2.0 technologies used to entice them in to engagement with libraries or the curriculum. 

So obviously the challenge we have to face is to develop Web 2.0 technologies which look like ‘friendly tree houses’!

Mention was made of hard evidence from Greenwich Community College that students who made use of the LRC perform better than those that don’t.

There was widespread use of Youtube in presentations and workshops some of the highlights, all from mediatedcultures.net, were:

A vision of students today – which looks at the changing nature of student life

World Simulation – a Web 2.0 world simulator using Twitter

The machine is us – a good introduction to Web 2.0 (should have been in my workshop but it kept crashing!) 

 

 

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