Embedded Information Literacy Curriculum in Arts and Humanities
Clare Scott (Library), Professor Penny Simons (Languages and Cultures)
What is this about?
This session will explain how the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Directors of Learning & Teaching worked strategically with the Faculty Librarian and the Library to embed information literacy skills in the Level 1 academic curriculum. We will discuss the benefits of working collaboratively and strategically to give our students the tools they need to develop from learners into independent researchers by targeting our interventions around specific student assignments. Our pedagogical approach is based on an action research model, the SCONUL seven pillars model and ANCIL (Secker, J. & Coonan, E. (2011) A New Curriculum for Information Literacy.) We successfully streamlined the Information Literacy tuition across the whole of Level 1, to ensure a consistent and supported experience for all first year students in the Faculty. We will explain how we achieved strategic buy-in from all parties, our progress to date and our future plans for developing information literacy together.
How will colleagues benefit?
We will draw out a set of factors for successful partnership working which will be applicable in other areas of strategic change; this will include how we used the Faculty structure to achieve our goals, how we shared responsibility between Library and academic staff and how we worked to get buy-in from all interested parties.