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Information and digital literacy: how the library helps students develop new skills

Author: Liz Dore and Michelle Breen
Categories: Information and digital literacy Information Skills workshops
When: Monday, October 11, 2021 - 10:45

Information and digital literacy: how the library helps students develop new skills

In an increasingly complex digital world, students must be equipped with the skills to discover good quality sources for their assignments or research projects, know how to use, manage apply and critically evaluate the information that they find. In addition, they should know how to share and communicate this information responsibly. These are all critical skills for students to transfer to the workplace and into the future. The librarians at UL offers the following services to help your students to build on and practice these skills and knowledge.

Information Skills workshops

Librarians guide students to books and articles within UL’s collections, relevant to their programme of study. Within their workshops, librarians teach students how to search for and where to find the most suitable material for assignments.

As the semester progresses, library classes linked to a particular assignment/project or within a specific course of study can be organised with Faculty Librarians.
Class themes covered include but are not limited to:

  • Defining your topic
  • Identifying quality sources
  • Searching the literature
  • Managing references.

Digital Skills

The library in collaboration with the Centre for Transformative Learning (CTL) and the Information Technology Division (ITD) is delivering a series of workshops during the autumn semester as part of the LevUL up: Student Digital Skills Development series.
Library workshops include:

  • How to spot fake news: Critically Evaluating Information Sources
  • Images for your UL assignments, where to find them and how to use them
  • Making great posters using Free Software
  • Notetaking in a Digital World
  • Using EndNote for your References. 

Online supports for students and lecturing staff

The library’s teaching is supported by short instructional videos. Lecturers may use any of these videos in your teaching:

Independent online skills development

The library has subject training guides for each major subject area in UL. Students can use these guides to determine the most suitable resources for their academic work.

Students can also use the library’s self-directed tutorials online to begin to develop their own skills e.g. this 30 minute tutorial on Smart Searching or this Introduction to Citing and Referencing.

As with the videos above, lecturers are invited to embed these resources in to VLE sites as required.

Library classes are advertised through social media channels and by email to students.  Lecturers can direct their students to the Library Events Calendar or contact the library to arrange a workshop with your students.

Developing digital and information literacy skills will help your students to do better research for their assignments, use scholarly sources correctly and be more efficient and confident users of online academic material.