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Open University: Being digital and the Digital and information Literacy (DIL) framework 

Congratulations to the Open University this year’s Credo Digital Award winner at LILAC with their Digital and Information Literacy (DIL) framework & Being digital site. 

These two freely-available resources cover the following:

The DIL framework builds on the OU’s existing information literacy levels framework and adds communication, sharing, collaboration and creation of new information. The accompanying DIL framework facilitation cards can be used at meetings and workshops to enable discussions about the integration of these skills at different levels of study. They cover the following DIL skills areas:

  • Understand and engage in digital practices
  • Find information
  • Critically evaluate information, online interactions and online tools
  • Manage and communicate information
  • Collaborate and share digital information

 Both the framework and the facilitation cards are licensed under Creative Commons. The Information Literacy team hopes you will find these useful in your own teaching environments. The OU would welcome any feedback on how you’re using them, and examples.


The Being digital site comprises a variety of bite-size interactive learning objects on finding, using and sharing information online.  Open-source software was used to create many of the resources. They cover topics such as:

  • Presenting yourself to best advantage online and managing your digital identity
  • Making the most of online networks
  • Knowing who and what to trust online
  • Using Wikipedia
  • Evaluating and using online tools
  • Searching effectively


The aim is to help learners become confident and critical users of digital tools and resources in any situation. Each learning activity takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be used very flexibly. Learners can select individual activities by browsing an A-Z list or follow a specific pathway to gain a deeper understanding of a topic.

Resources will soon be available with Creative Commons licences attached.

Thanks to Nancy Graham at the University of Birmingham for circulating the above information through LIS-INFOLITERACY@JISCMAIL


LILAC 2013 presentations now available

I didn't manage to attend LILAC this year and haven't had a chance to look at the presentations but have put it on my to do list. In the meantime here's a message from the CILIP Information Literacy Group and a link to the presentations for you in case you haven't seen it.


The CILIP Information Literacy Group are pleased to announce that the presentations from LILAC 2013 are now available.  We hope you have fun reading them. Let us know how they influence your work.



CILIPS IL Group membership

Most of you will know that the IL sub-group in CILIPS became a fully-fledged group earlier this year. I have just received information from CILIP that the UK membership is 382 and membership in Scotland 35, a good start, I think




Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year Award - 2013

Congratualtions to Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year Award - 2013 winner Kim McGowan

Kim was recognised for an impressive body of work which has raised the profile of IL at University of Cumbria. The judges praised her provision of superb student support and her sheer enthusiasm and commitment to her IL role. Kim’s innovative projects include the TICKLIST web evaluation tool and an e-learning, pre-induction, credit bearing module to aid student transition.

Runner up was Michelle Schneider who was

rewarded for her outstanding contribution to the innovative Skills@Library team at University of Leeds including her work on high impact projects in areas such as digital literacy, plagiarism and lecturer support. The judges admired the range and depth of her activities and her impressive national profile.



Information Literacy & CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

Have you looked at the CILIP new Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) ? If not then it is worth a look. It covers a variety of knowledge and skills including Literacies and Learning which incorporates information literacy. I thought it would be useful to share what is in this area / section particularly those relevant to information literacy and our own CPD.

Literacies and Learning
Supporting users and teaching them how to work independently. Incorporates information literacy, reading literacy, digital literacy and learning and teaching skills, and includes reader development and training users.

8.1 Information literacy - Knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.

8.2 Digital literacy - Appreciating the set of attitudes, understanding and skills needed to find, communicate and use information effectively in a variety of media and formats.

8.5 Frameworks and curricula for education and training  - An understanding of these aspects relevant for any particular environment or user group.

8.6 Teaching and training skills - Understanding and apply skills for effective teaching and training; awareness of how people learn and understanding of the learning experience, design and deliver a range of learning activities for specific audiences/users; undertake assessment and give feedback; evaluate experiences.

8.6 Supporting users - Helping users to find the information they need; help them to appreciate, understand and evaluate information/resources and enable then to help themselves in future

So how do you rate against these basic, good, comprehensive or advanced?  I think the teaching and training skills is an area that we need more training in.

I’m currently involved in some CILIP CPD Market Research Survey about their training offer linked to the PKSB. If you would like to have your say then the survey is at It is open until 9am Monday 25th March.