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SMILE - a free information literacy resource

Hi again,

Just a note about SMILE. SMILE is an online information literacy and employability skills training package. It is freely available under a creative commons license for use and modification. It is made up of web pages and multimedia content which can be easily edited using any HTML editor.

I've just put a new edition up on JORUM - it is called SMILE 3.0 and you can find it here

If you don't have access to JORUM, get in touch with me directly and I can send you a version as a zip file or stick it on a pen drive for you.

The new edition has loads of extra content which was created after talking to our lecturers, so you are sure to find something useful there!

It is aimed at undergraduate students, but a lot of the content is pretty generic and could be used in a school, FE or public library situation.

An older version is available on our open access site at

I have just sent in the new version to our IT team, so I hope that it will be available soon.

Happy to talk further about SMILE, feel free to contact me at



Hello everyone

Hi everyone,

My name is Marion Kelt and I'm the Senior Librarian for Information Literacy and Digital Development at Glasgow Caledonian University. The job title is a bit of a giveaway to tell you that I'm also interested in information literacy and how it can be used to support students at any point in their lifelong learning journey.

Over the years I have worked in schools, FE and even in consultancy, so I have a well rounded view of the uses of information literacy.

At present I'm working on SMILE, a free information literacy and employability skills package which you can download and edit for your own needs. I'm also working on a companion package called PILOT.

Recently I joined the coPILOT (no relation!) committee which aims to promote the use of open educational resources in information literacy training. Have a look at the post that I put up if you are interested in knowing more.

Hoping to hear more from you all soon!


Introducing myself

Firstly I commend myself on the original title of this post, I really couldn't think of anything better. My name is Ruth Gould and I am the Team Librarian for the Central Children's Library in Aberdeen. My work focusses on working with young people up to 16. I have been interested in Information Literacy since I undertook my MSc at RGU. My dissertation focussed on the views of Academic liaison librarians on the need/ benefits of having some form of teaching qualification.

As I work with young people in a public library I am working largely to promote reading and learning. I incorporate information literacy into our competitions and leisure activities and of course in my work with primary school class visits. My main principle in designing sessions is to create challenge in order to engage the group I'm working with. If they enjoy it they are more likely to remember what they did and be able to use those skills again. Sessions can be as basic as how to find a book and look up a particular topic in that book to using key words to search on our online databases. I am currently matching my sessions to the Curriculum for Excellence with the aim of attracting more visits from local schools.

I am interested in how best to deliver information literacy to different age groups and also how people learn information skills in different settings. I am also interested in how we measure the impact of what we are doing.



Introducing myself and the National Library's new information literacy resource

Dear all,

I am Veronica Denholm and I am Access and Outreach Officer at the National Library of Scotland.  I work as part of the Learning Team in the Department of Access and Outreach.

The Library is about to launch its new online information literacy resource which is called 'Project Blaster' which is a toolkit for producing projects aimed at Primary 6/7 children and their teachers.  It will be part of the 'Learning Zone' on our web site.

'Project Blaster' can be viewed at:

We welcome any feedback as this is our first attempt at developing an information literacy resource and work is due to commence on a second resource which is planned for an older audience i.e. secondary school level or adult learners and will focus on maps.  If you have any feedback, you can contact me by email at

Focus groups which will look at 'Project Blaster' are planned for March.  If you would like to be involved please let me know.  Any offers of help gratefully received!

Best wishes,




Welsh Information Literacy Project

On Monday 28th January I attended a meeting of the Welsh Information Literacy Project at a college in Rhos on Sea in North Wales. The Project is now in its third year and plans to seek funding from Cymal, the body in Wales which funds LIS R&D,  for a fourth  year.

There were short presentations on public, school, further and HE libraries. Those on public and school libraries were the most interesting. In Gwynedd public library service, four staff are taking Level 2-3 training units (Agored Units) in information literacy. This pilot is intended to develop consistency in IL training for public librarians. Gwynedd is one of five local authorities running pilot projects on developing IL skills for library staff. Anglesey public library service is running training sessions for local people, mostly on family and local history in conjunction with tutors from a community learning and development partnership.

Information literacy champions are being appointed in all public library services to assist in the delivery of training, to keep staff up to date with IL developments and ensure that local plans are consistent with national planning.

On the school library front a secondary school in Holyhead is using IL techniques to develop the skills of children who are poor readers, something not unlike Abi Mawhirt’s work at Dundee College.

 IL awareness meetings have been held with head teachers and contact is being make with two university departments of education to raise IL awareness of trainee teachers before they go out on placement.

There are a lot of lessons for us to learn here: IL champions in public libraries, standardised training units for public librarians and meeting with head teachers and university departments of education.  Full details of the day are available at